Category Archives: Democracy

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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Xenophobic violence returns to the streets of South Africa

South Africa is caught in the midst of another wave of xenophobic violence, as tensions between citizens and foreigners escalate dangerously. In a country with almost 40% unemployment, and a recent history of pervasive enmity between South Africans and the … Continue reading

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Dramatic scenes in South Africa’s parliament during Zuma’s 2015 State of the Nation Address

Nobody expected Jacob Zuma’s 2015 State of the Nation Address (SONA) to be a humdrum affair. But the reality – punctuated by mobile phone jamming, wresting matches and a mass walkout – was more bizarre than most could have imagined. … 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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Zambians hope for peaceful elections today; as protests hit the DRC

Zambia’s former President Michael Sata died before he could even complete one term, prompting today’s by election; in the DRC, Joseph Kabila is attempting to cling on to power beyond 2016, a move that has sparked street protests. It is estimated … Continue reading

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What do the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown tell us about democracy in the US?

The official motto of the town of Ferguson is ‘Proud past. Promising Future.’ That vision lies in ruins today amid unprecedented public protests sparked by the strangulation of Eric Garner and the shooting of Michael Brown. These killings have led … 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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