[in] focus

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.

Read more ...

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.

Read more ...

Kazakhstan-Africa Relations: Understanding the Status Quo

lonagqizaThe year 2015 was a very challenging and unsettling year for the world where conflicts and the global economic downturn dominated the proceedings. Although it was a challenging year, there were positives, such as cooperation between some countries which was assisted by multilateral organizations namely the African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN).

Read more ...

Global megatrends and their impact on the making of South Africa’s foreign policy

PhilaniMthembu largeThe most recent strategic planning workshop held by the Parliamentary Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on the 9th February 2016 in Cape Town allowed for various stakeholders to share ideas and have an informed discussion on a number of aspects facing South Africa’s foreign policy and specifically the role of the committee in exercising its oversight role as mandated by section 55(2) of the South African Constitution.

Read more ...

Venezuela’s legislative change leads to ideological battle; what does this mean for the people?

nalediplaaitjiesFor the first time in 17 years the Venezuelan socialist Partido Sociolista Unido de Venezuela PSUV party under the leadership of Maduro lost its legislative majority in the December 2015 elections. Economic depression and high inflation rate led to the victory of the Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD) opposition, comprised of a coalition of more than 20 parties. This piece serves to analyze the political atmosphere in Venezuela following the appointment of a new legislature.

Read more ...