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Brazil’s neo-liberals threat to Brics

zondiWhat should we make of the change of leadership in Brazil? What are the implications for the agency of the global south in this long battle to decolonise world affairs?

We have watched as the political drama in Brasilia unfolded towards the removal of Ms Dilma Rousseff from the presidency.

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Reflecting on our Chilean Experience

lona nalediWe (Lona Gqiza and Naledi Plaatjies), former Research Assistants at the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) were recently awarded the AGCI Nelson Mandela Scholarship to pursue Master’s Degrees at the Universidad de Concepción, Chile. We arrived in Chile on the 11th of March 2016 to start intensive Spanish classes for six months. We will thereafter pursue our Master’s Degrees in Politics and Governance in August. This paper serves as a reflection of the experiences gained on foreign land thus far and cements the important role the Institute for Global Dialogue played.

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Panama Papers should transform global economic governance

zondiLeaks have become the best way to cause global authorities to act on crimes of the global elite, writes Siphamandla Zondi.

The release of the Panama Papers on April 4 has caused the world to look again at unethical conduct by global business and the political elite. It has revived the question of the dark underbelly of global capitalism: the rich getting richer at the expense of the poor.

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The Rise of ‘Choppies Diplomacy’: A New Instrument for Botswana’s Economic Diplomacy?

choppiesChoppies Group CEO, Ottapathu Ramachandran has just made the cover of Forbes Africa. Many Fortune 500 CEOs have made the cover, and it is no surprise that Choppies, a local chain store has caught the attention of Forbes magazine. In the modern era, private corporations have evolved to play a larger role in international relations than some states have had the ability to. Huge corporations such as McDonald’s, Apple Inc. Ford and South African chain stores such as Spar have grown tremendously to a point where they have defined their role in international relations and diplomacy.

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As Trump’s power rises, so too does a Republican rift

FrancisKornegayGOP in civil war with itself as Donald Trump makes strides in ‘hostile takeover’ of Lincoln’s party, writes Francis A Kornegay Jr

THIS party does not prey on people’s prejudices. We appeal to their highest ideals. This is the party of Lincoln." So spoke House majority leader Paul Ryan after Republican frontrunner Donald Trump failed to disavow former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke on his way to his coronation as the party’s standard bearer against Hillary Clinton and the Democrats in November.

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