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United Nations must be given a chance to discharge its global mandate


IT IS NO longer a case of whether the US is going to launch military strikes against the Syrian government, which is engaged in a civil war with armed opposition, but when and for how long. South Africa and the rest of Africa are right in joining the chorus of countries appealing for the UN to be given a chance to discharge its mandate, and for peaceful solutions to be found. Even though President Barack Hussein Obama has made a request for authorisation from the US Congress, his secretary of state, John Kerry, and secretary of defence, Chuck Hagel, accompanied by the commander of US forces, have told Congress that Obama has a constitutional right to launch the strikes even if the legislators deny him the authorisation.

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King’s Dream, Though Deferred, Lives On


The fiftieth anniversary of the “I have a dream” speech by Martin Luther King jnr coincides also with the golden jubilee of the birth of the Organisation of African Unity that marked the beginning of a long and difficult walk from bondage towards freedom. This journey encountered many disappointments, reversals, utter scandals; but it also had its many achievements and victories.

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The G20 Summit: Do the people matter?

On the 5-6 September the G20 Summit will take place in St Petersburg Russia. Despite questions of its legitimacy, as it includes only20 states (with South Africa the only African representative), the G20 is seen as a key forum in addressing global economic governance and has expanded its agenda to include a range pressing international issues from climate change to anti-corruption.

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MARCHING INTO A NEW WORLD ORDER: Reflections on the African-American Journey


Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington where Southern Christian Leadership Conference leader Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his ‘I have a Dream’ speech offers a fitting opportunity for an African-American reflection on Black America’s long march to freedom. The journey continues. And with that, the following reflections on August 28, 1963-2013.

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SADC and regional energy security: a dream deferred?

dlaminiAccording to Cheikh Anta Diop in Black Africa: The Economic and Cultural Basis for a Federated State, published in 1974 made the point that fundamental to African countries’ developmental future is the generation of adequate energy1.

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