World Politics

Dlamini-Zuma’s course of strategic ambivalence leads to extinction

Two versions of her speech at Gibs, in text and orally, show little regard for dire state of public accounts.

Presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s recent speech at a high citadel of capitalism — the Gordon Institute for Business Science — caused much controversy. In her actual remarks Dlamini-Zuma bemoaned the “dissonance” between the government and the […]

By |September 7th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, World Politics|0 Comments

Hacked emails? Cyber dirty tricks? Security deals with Russia? Join the dots …

Our security services and minister are fast friends with their Russian counterparts. Just on Monday the two countries signed a co-operation agreement on “cyber security”

The Sherlock Holmes story The Silver Blaze gave us the famous tagline of “the curious incident of the dog in the night”.

The curiosity in that tale of the kidnapping of a […]

By |September 6th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, World Politics|0 Comments

The trust deficit that sucks faith, hope and capital from a country

‘South Africa is the Mugabes’ destination of choice for depositing wayward sons and for minor shopping needs and medical procedures’

Be graceful for small mercies, to adapt a phrase.

Two Sundays ago 20-year-old Gabriella Engels was, along with two other unnamed women, allegedly assaulted by Zimbabwe’s Grace Mugabe. In the presence of the Zim power couple’s sons […]

By |August 27th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, World Politics|0 Comments

Five things we’ve learned from the Grace Mugabe fracas

‘South Africa is the Mugabes’ destination of choice for depositing wayward sons and for minor shopping needs and medical procedures’

Be graceful for small mercies, to adapt a phrase.

Two Sundays ago 20-year-old Gabriella Engels was, along with two other unnamed women, allegedly assaulted by Zimbabwe’s Grace Mugabe. In the presence of the Zim power couple’s sons […]

By |August 23rd, 2017|Jacob Zuma, World Politics|0 Comments

Zombie Zuma’s survival could be explained by basic political calculus

President’s enemies in the ANC probably decided not to hand opposition parties the gift of an indebted leader

Like pupils at a Montessori School, all the dramatis personae in last week’s long-running parliamentary no-confidence saga — the eighth such motion to date in an eight-year presidency — against Jacob Zuma could award themselves a gold star. […]

By |August 18th, 2017|Donald Trump, Jacob Zuma, World Politics|0 Comments

Russia shows greater regard for history than our campus mobs

Meanwhile, Putin reduces the reputations of Zuma’s SA and Trump’s US to the level of his kleptocratic regime

About 120 years ago, my paternal grandmother, Tamara Drusinsky – then a babe in arms – left Russia for Constantinople, and eventually arrived with her family in SA

More recently, when President Vladimir Putin visited Parliament in Cape Town […]

By |July 27th, 2017|Donald Trump, Jacob Zuma, World Politics|0 Comments

The dangerous delusions on planet Zuma

For students of American politics, there are at least three reasons to remember the late U.S. Senator from Arizona, Barry Goldwater. 

First, as the Republican presidential nominee back in 1964 he posted one of the most catastrophic losses in modern American politics. Incumbent president Lyndon Johnson demolished him by the extraordinary margin of 22.58% of the […]

By |June 28th, 2017|International Politics, World Politics|0 Comments

And the ‘Every Man for Himself’ award on Zuma’s sinking ship goes to…

US President Donald Trump has strong local competition for the award which columnist David Brooks recently bestowed on him. 

He declared that the erratic leader of the free world as ‘ the all-time record holder of the Dunning-Kruger effect.’

In 1999, David Dunning and Justin Kruger – two academic psychologists at Cornell University – described how people […]

By |June 25th, 2017|International Politics, World Politics|0 Comments

The Big Read: Expect only the unexpected

‘Present at the Creation’ was the title of US Secretary of State Dean Acheson’s autobiography.

As the US’s chief diplomat between 1949 and 1953, he inaugurated and witnessed key events that shaped our world after the end of the war against Hitler and the commencement of the Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union.

The […]

By |June 14th, 2017|Brexit, International Politics, World Politics|0 Comments

Restive voters pull rug from under the feet of complacent potentates

It’s the memes wot won it. This shorthand definition of an image, video or cartoon — usually humorous and shared rapidly by internet users — is one of many explanations for the extraordinary results posted in Thursday’s British general election. Bundled off the campaign just three days before the poll because of a series of […]

By |June 12th, 2017|Brexit, International Politics, World Politics|0 Comments