World Politics

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 [...]

By |2017-08-27T20:32:07+00:00August 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 [...]

By |2017-08-23T22:39:44+00:00August 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 [...]

By |2017-08-18T09:58:03+00:00August 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 [...]

By |2017-07-27T21:31:59+00:00July 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 [...]

By |2017-06-29T09:56:38+00:00June 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 [...]

By |2017-06-27T14:48:45+00:00June 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 [...]

By |2017-06-20T21:29:28+00:00June 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 |2017-06-12T21:03:51+00:00June 12th, 2017|Brexit, International Politics, World Politics|0 Comments

Two lessons from abroad on how to bring our rainbow back

Israel is one of the few countries available for the South African political establishment to burnish their human rights credentials.  For reasons of solidarity and expediency or simple inattention,  such gross rights violators as Venezuela, Zimbabwe and Syria –where political protestors are shot dead, imprisoned or gassed  with poison respectively, escape both attention and censure. [...]

The Big Read: Cheap-seat tweets expose Trump as the ultimate hack

Two events last Friday morning, oceans and several time zones apart, remind us that politicians embrace the full spectrum of the ethical universe. First up, literally since it was predawn, were the intemperate, vituperative and ranting tweets - starting at 3am - of US presidential candidate Donald J Trump. These were on heavyweight matters: on [...]

By |2016-10-05T10:27:26+00:00October 5th, 2016|International Politics, US elections, World Politics|0 Comments