Category Archives: Civil Society

Swimming against the tide

When I first started this blog in 2014, there was a part of me which thought that its title (Democracy in a hostile world) was somewhat hyperbolic. As I return to writing on it on 9th November 2016, a lot … Continue reading

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What can Ireland do to promote business respect for human rights?

Ireland is one of only a handful of states that are developing national plans to promote better human rights practice by business. What should that plan contain? A few weeks ago, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade asked for submissions … Continue reading

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Lesotho: elections and uncertaintly

With elections just over two weeks away, Lesotho’s politicians jostle for position, tensions increase and South Africa’s mediation intensifies. At just over 2 million people, Lesotho’s population is one twenty-fifth the size of South Africa’s. Lesotho’s GDP of $2.3 billion represents 0.66% … Continue reading

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Message to South Africa’s opposition: forget about Zuma, remember your voters

South Africa’s opposition parties have been busy of late. Busy looking for Jacob Zuma. They’ve looked high, and low, and tried every trick in the book to seek him out. Opposition politicians want Zuma to appear in parliament so they can ask … Continue reading

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Southern Africa: haven for dominant party states

Southern Africa provides fertile ground for dominant political parties, many of whom have been around for longer than most of their citizens have been alive. The ANC in South Africa has enjoyed an unbroken 20 year spell in power since the … Continue reading

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King Cobra has lashed out for the last time – the rise and fall of Michael Sata

When I first started following Zambian politics, Michael Sata – who died on October 28 in London – was already a seasoned political operator, having served in senior government positions since Kenneth Kaunda’s one party state in the 1980s. By 2009 … Continue reading

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First Post

This blog explores some themes related to the state of democracy in today’s world. In both established and developing democracies, citizens are asking some difficult questions. Can democracy deliver? What role do our elected governments actually play in a time goliath multinational companies stalk the … Continue reading

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