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Pope Francis. Photo Casa Rosada, Wikipedia Commons.
Pope Francis. Photo Casa Rosada, Wikipedia Commons.


Pope Francis And Poverty – OpEd

By Yash Tandon In his first major speech on the financial crisis, Pope Francis called on people to restrain their obsession with materialist consumption and wealth accumulation. He exhorted world leaders to serve the poor and not allow themselves to be deluded by blind market forces. Encouraged by this I downloaded his apostolic exhortation – […]

Namibia
Namibia


Namibia: Contradictions Of 2014 Elections – OpEd

By Shaun Whittaker At first glance, the outcome of the recent Namibian general elections represents a great victory for the ruling South-West African People’s Organisation (Swapo). However, after observing the festivities of Swapo supporters subsequent to the elections of the 28th of November, 2014, a well-known Namibian journalist tweeted that these followers were celebrating today […]

Africa
Africa


Africa’s Dilemma: Transitioning From Where To Where? – OpEd

By George Mwai It is not unusual to hear many activists, communities and the public in general asking, what is this Transitional Justice? Where are we transitioning from and to where? It might sound simple among advocates of global justice but the questions demonstrate the ambiguity that this concept has generated. As a field of […]

South Africa flag
South Africa flag


Where Is Open Democracy In South Africa Today? – OpEd

By Motsoko Pheko [Recently the Institute For Security Studies And The Nelson Mandela Foundation invited me to a colloquium discussing ‘WHERE IS OPEN DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH AFRICA TODAY?’ This colloquium was held in Cape Town on 4 November 2014. Unfortunately I already had a pressing prior engagement. I sent my apology for being unable to […]

Burkina Faso's Blaise Compaoré. Photo credit: Amanda Lucidon / White House
Burkina Faso's Blaise Compaoré. Photo credit: Amanda Lucidon / White House


Thomas Sankara And The Black Spring In Burkina Faso – OpEd

By James Robb Blaise Compaoré, the president of Burkina Faso who was forced to resign by mass protests on October 31, was more than simply a dictator who had clung to power for 27 years. Compaoré was the leader of a counter-revolution, a traitor, who holds the responsibility for the murder of one of the […]