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- Friday, 05 June 2015
- By Wayne J. Jumat
The prevalent tensions between Bolivia and Chile, cemented by the colonial administration of the region, have been agitated by the lack of diplomatic efforts by these two states and a lack of an authoritative, responsible and legitimate global institution that can deliver a ruling or a resolution to this longstanding dispute around Bolivia’s sovereign access to the sea. Additionally the posturing that characterises the positions of the two states involved further makes an agreement as well as a court ruling difficult to pass, particularly in the face of state sovereignty and the subservience of international law.
- Tuesday, 26 May 2015
- By Siphamandla Zondi
This Africa Day, many will write eloquent speeches reciting what has been said. Many more will write erudite articles recounting what we have come to know. Still more will sing songs. I choose to say a prayer for Africa.
I say a prayer for mother Africa as a bruised body that continues to languish in pain, wounded in soul and in flesh, too deranged from its predicament of centuries to imagine its resurrection as a free body fully in charge of its destiny.
- Wednesday, 29 April 2015
- By Andrea Royeppen
Following the defeat of Goodluck Jonathan by Muhammadu Buhari, AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said that this was “An election which demonstrates the maturity of democracy not only in Nigeria but on the continent as a whole”. From this it is clear that the recent success of the Nigerian election has gained increasing importance in the continental conversation on security and development. By reviewing the inconstant relations between Nigeria and South Africa, this analysis looks at how the democratic election of Buhari will impact on relations with South Africa.
- Wednesday, 22 April 2015
- By Dr Scott Firsing
LSE PfAL Fellow Scott Firsing argues that aerospace technology is the way forward for many African countries.
Mobile phones revolutionised Africa. From the simple ability to communicate or to access the Internet or online banking, today most Africans cannot function without one or more mobile devices.
The majority of this access comes from satellites. In fact, I am writing this article from South Africa accessing the Internet using 3G via satellite. Satellites are an indispensable part of an almost unthinkable number of equations. However, despite the benefits that mobile phones have brought to Africa, most do not realise or comprehend what satellites and other aerospace technology can truly do to transform the African continent.