Category Archives: Human Rights

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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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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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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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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