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Fidel Castro Lives on in the Revolutionary Imagination!

Mabutho ShangaseAs the world celebrates the life and times of Fidel Castro as a revolutionary, politician, internationalist and statesman, scholars of revolution and humankind in general have been bequeathed a treasure trove of critical and emancipatory ideas. South Africa as a country that is currently grappling with a multiplicity of challenges including leadership, poverty, unemployment, inequality, domestic violence, crime, etc. has an opportunity to learn from the life experience of Fidel Castro.

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The Rise of Populism: Challenge to Democracy or Refuge of the Unheard?

Philani populismRecent years have been marked by a deepening crisis in established democracies. In the United States the take-over of the Republican Party by Donald Trump has brought about a melt-down of the political culture and defied much analysis about Hillary Clinton winning a historic election in a much divided country. Indeed Donal Trump is now the President elect of the United States of America, the world’s only military superpower.

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The 21st Century Scramble for Africa: Implications and the Way Forward

margaret c leeCOSATU Speech
September 12, 2016
Margaret C. Lee Visiting Professor
Institute for Global Dialogue UNISA

Good afternoon! It is indeed an honor to be asked to speak to you today. I have traveled the world and spoken to many groups, but I can truly say this is the greatest honor of all, to be asked to present some of my research to COSATU.

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The 21st century refugee: alone and underage

RemofiloeInternational law defines refugees as people who have fled their homes due to conflict situations or the threat of persecution; they are not to be returned to the situations they fled from nor are they to be expelled1. Members of the international community have a duty to protect refugees, a duty which was affirmed in the aftermath of World War II with the ratification of the 1951 Refugee Convention2 which gave birth to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (a programme under the United Nations tasked with the protection and support as well as in assisting with the voluntary repatriation of refugees).

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Philippines policy move to change dynamics in South China Sea

dlaminiThe once favorable and intimate relations between the Philippines and the United States (US) seem to be heading to a road of complications, with the Philippines under the helm of President Rodrigo Duterte showing signs and interest to steer away from the US influence.

Recently, Duterte announced that the Philippines will seek to pursue an independent foreign policy from her allies.

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