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Can a new constitution guarantee credible elections in Zimbabwe?

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In recent times, Zimbabwe’s ability to hold free, fair and credible elections has come under scrutiny after the adoption of a new constitution. Following the 2008 violent and disputed elections, a power sharing government between the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and the two factions of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T and MDC-M) was formed.

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Newspeak fabulation and the Syrian Conflict

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Sales of George Orwell’s 1984 shot up by 7000% on Amazon.com in June following Edward Snowden’s allegations of US government invasion of privacy. Snowden’s subsequent exile and disappearance undoubtedly assisted sales. 

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The budget vote and the future of South Africa’s diplomacy – time to get smart

imagesOn the 30th of May 2013 the Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, and her two Deputy Ministers, presented the budget for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) to Parliament.

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Long-Term Visioning for BRICS – and IBSA?

bricsThe Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in New Delhi, a pace-setter in setting the BRICS intellectual agenda has commendably initiated a dialogue within the BRICS think-tank community aimed at arriving at a ‘long-term vision’ for BRICS.

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Was the SANDF deployment in the CAR justifiable?

SANDF-in-CAR-243x300The motives behind the involvement of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in the Central African Republic (CAR) remains contested. Thirteen South African soldiers lost their lives in the CAR following confrontations with elements of the Seleka rebel group, who marched on Bangui, the capital of the CAR, on 23 March 2013 to oust the former president, Francois Bozize.

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