International Politics

South Africa, Israel, Iran and … Kroonstad?

'The ideological attraction of our government to authoritarian Iran perhaps lies in the unquiet grave of past history' Here is a tale of three countries. Let‘s call them A, B and C. Country A is experiencing its worst drought in living memory. Last year, according to one report, country A recorded its lowest rainfall “since [...]

The ‘Russian option’ that every South African should fear

The rule of law here and everywhere is a fragile instrument. It is capable of capture by ruthless politicians There is one book every South African, except perhaps Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, should read. Red Notice — How I became Putin‘s No.1 Enemy by Bill Browder has, as the title suggests, nothing to do with [...]

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Tough questions for our democratic parliament to answer

In an eventful, and crisis-driven three terms as British Prime Minister, Tony Blair both created and confronted some big issues and hairy moments. Here is his unequivocal description of the worst of them: “ It was the most discombobulating, nail-biting, bowel-moving, terror-inspiring, courage-draining experience in my prime-ministerial life, without question.” Was he describing the decision [...]

Never mind Greece – it’s Argentina’s fate we must avoid

In May 1973, British Prime Minister Edward Heath told the House of Commons that the bribery and corruption practised by mining house Lonrho in Africa, under the swashbuckling Tiny Rowland, represented ‘’the unpleasant and unacceptable face of capitalism.’’ Heath’s famous phrase got local application recently when retailer Lewis Ltd was exposed by the enterprising Summit [...]

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