HOW TO DIGEST THE REALITY OF 1,500 dead migrants when most of the victims are lost to the sea; their hopes, dreams and even their names drowned with them? Blame is of course being assigned; or rather deflected, divided, avoided. British stinginess, smugglers' greed, ISIL's savagery, European racism, the oppression of...
With every outbreak of violence in South Africa, the refrain is the same. “The kwerekwere are stealing our jobs,” people say. Shops are torched. Streets are barricaded. Tyres are set alight. Rocks become weapons. People are hacked, stabbed, shot and burned to death. Jubilant mobs hound Somalis, Mozambicans, Zimbabweans, Pakistanis...
THE UNEMPLOYMENT LEVEL, ECONOMIC performance decline, ratings downgrades, power crisis, high levels of crime and corruption and service delivery problems – it is no secret that our country is in a state of crisis. Government and the ANC, however, have been happily putting out the “good story to tell”...
WHY IS AL-SHABAAB increasingly targeting Kenya? In its statement following the attack, Al-Shabaab claimed it acted to avenge atrocities it alleges have been committed by the Kenyan military deployed in Somalia (now part of the African Union peace- support operation AMISOM). This puts pressure on the Kenyan commitment to that...
ON 28 MARCH, NIGERIA conducted a historic presidential election. Despite a chaotic voter registration process and a fear of violence, the polls went smoothly – the result, when it was announced, was unprecedented. For the first time in Nigerian history, an incumbent president had been defeated. Muhammadu Buhari and his...