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Peru’s Historic Elections: A Tight Victory for Kuczynski’s Centre Right Politics

SikhumbuzoThe Republic of Peru recently went on polls to choose the captain who will steer up the ship of one of Latin America’s fastest growing economy in what analysts termed a historic election contestation. The current form of government in Peru was established by the Constitution of 1993, which established a Presidential Representative Republican system of rule with multi-party elections. The executive branch of government has the President as the chief of state and head of government. The legislative branch of government on the other hand is vested in the Congress of the Republic of Peru, which is a 130-member unicameral congress which is elected every five years by a universal, secret and direct vote.

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The Tribunal Ruling Against China over SCS: So what?

kennyremofiloeThe Permanent Court of Arbitration under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea recently made a ruling on a South China Sea (SCS) case brought by Philippines, disputing Beijing’s historical claims and exclusive rights and control of the SCS. The tribunal declared that although Chinese navigators and fishermen, as well as those of other states, had historically made use of the islands in the South China Sea, there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or their resources. So what does this mean for the future of the SCS?

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Confused debate on China's role in Africa

PhilaniMthembu largeResearcher says even congressional studies in Washington paint a false picture of the relationship

Philani Mthembu says the US is being hypocritical when it warns African leaders of the dangers of deepening relations with China when Washington itself is Beijing's largest trading partner.

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25 May - Africa Day and the role of Afro-Brazilians

ZuluCelebrating Africa Day on the 25th May continues to be a major challenge for Afro-Brazilians. After almost 500 years of forced migration (slavery), we have to admit that the majority of Afro-Brazilians do not know a lot about the African continent. Still mythical, idealised and romanticised perceptions of Africa persist in the minds of many in accordance with either their spiritual needs or need for political expediency.

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Reflecting on the International Committee of the Red Cross and South Africa’s humanitarian role in Somalia

SikhumbuzoThe Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) recently hosted the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at an open dialogue reflecting on their humanitarian experiences in Somalia. The ICRC has maintained a humanitarian presence in Somalia since 1982. However, since 1994, its humanitarian delegation has been based in Nairobi, Kenya due to the escalation of the civil conflict. The ICRC has also worked with the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) in attempts to implement many of its humanitarian activities inside Somalia.

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