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Sub-Saharan Africa

Boks Triumphant!

Boks Triumphant!

In today's test match South Africa pummeled a depleted England team missing up to 30 of its top players due to injury, illness, and the absence of players from last week's Heineken Cup champonship game. The final score was 58-10. Notwithstanding England's weakened status, this triumph seems to validate South African optimism on the state […]

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Rugby, Race, and Nationalism (With a Twist)

Rugby, Race, and Nationalism (With a Twist)

  There has been a perplexing story unwinding in South Africa over the course of the last few weeks. The Springboks are gearing up for their World Cup run later this year. The start has been promising — two South African teams, the Bulls and the Sharks, made the finals of the Super 14 with […]

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Africa and Climate Change

Dr. Mannavar Sivakumar, chief of the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) agricultural meteorology division, argues that Africans need to be more aware and “proactive” on the issue of climate change:  “He said it was ‘critical’ for Africa, which forecasters predict will be the region worst affected by changing weather patterns, to get its act […]

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Oil and Governance in West Africa

At Real Clear Politics Peter Brookes, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and columnist for The New York Post, diagnosis our acute case of the Niger Delta Blues. We now import more oil than ever from Africa — moreso even than the Middle East, according to Brookes, though such numbers tend to be volatile […]

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Falwell and South Africa

Over at The Boston Globe Derrick Z. Jackson reminds readers that among Jerry Falwell's many loathsome views, the recently departed openly and unrepentantly supported Apartheid South Africa. While it may not be especially edifying to dance on a man's grave, there also are few reasons to celebrate Falwell's life in which hatred was couched in a flatulent and warped version of Christianity. […]

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China in Africa: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing or Friend Indeed?

China's role in Africa will continue to grow in the coming decades. There are many reasons for this, not the least of which is China's voracious appetite and need for oil. But the Chinese have shown little interest in issues related to human rights, which they always shrug off as being a matter of internal […]

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Status Quo Ante

With the chaos in Zimbabwe and the utter catastrophe that is Sudan, it is easy to let the evergreen of African nightmares slip across the transom unnoticed. But rest assured, the Democratic Republic of the Congo still stands astride Africa's Big Men like a colossus. The DRC may temporarily find itself displaced in this dubious game, […]

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Tokyo Sexwale and the ANC Succession

Tokyo Sexwale and the ANC Succession

(Tokyo Sexwale Pictured With Nelson Mandela.)  Tokyo Sexwale is an ANC Stalwart, former premiere of Gauteng, and multimillionaire businessman. The chairman of Mvelaphanda Group has been in the news a great deal lately. He recently drew headlines for joining the Washington, DC-Based Brookings Institution's International Advisory Council (IAC).  The IAC is a “group of 24 […]

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Aussies take the Lead in Zimbabwe

Tensions between Australia and Zimbabwe are reaching unprecedented heights as the Aussies are unexpectedly taking global leadership in isolating Robert Mugabe's thugocracy. First Australia decided to cancel its cricket tour in Zimbabwe in September. Now the Australian government has announced that it is going to fund Mugabe's opponents to the tune of $18 million Australian, […]

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Northern Ireland, Peace, and the South African Example

Crossposted from dcat. There is probably no better major newspaper in America when it comes to the issue of Northern Ireland than The Boston Globe. That probably should come as no surprise given Boston's affinity for and association with the Irish. The Globe's editorial this past week on the ongoing transitions in Northern Ireland, in […]

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South African Travel

South African Travel

In recent weeks there have been several travel articles on South Africa. Cape Town and its environs , of course, are always popular, as recent articles in The New York Times and Washington Post reveal.    But the country's hinterlands are also popular. The Eastern cape, one of my regular stomping grounds, is a wonderful and often-overlooked part […]

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Updates

Updates

Just some quick updates on stories I have reported in recent days:   Australian Prime Minister John Howard has heard the voices of conscience in his country and across the globe and he has announced the cancellation of the Aussie cricket team's tour of Zimbabwe that was scheduled for September. Australia's governing body for the sport, […]

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Sharks v. Bulls

Sharks v. Bulls

                 In a historic first, two South African teams will face off in the finals of Super 14 rugby. Almost inarguably the best cross-national interprovincial club competition in the rugby world, the Super 14 consists of teams from South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia. In today's semi-final matches the Coastal Sharks of Durban pummeled the Auckland […]

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A Sporting Boycott?

There was a long span of time when the issue of the South African role in sport was arguably the single most contentious debate in the global sporting community and it was a discussion that came to transcend the voundaries of athletic competition to become a global concern. Sport reflected politics, sports intensified politics, sport […]

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Validating Zimbabwe

Sometimes it seems that the United Nations goes out of the way to prove its own fecklessness. The latest example? A government- (read: Robert Mugabe) chosen representative from Zimbabwe is about to be named the chair of the UN's 53-member Commission on Sustainable Development. Of course the UN is not acting alone — in the […]

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