South Africa’s call for UN Security Council reform: an explicit BRIC countries’ backing forthcoming?

Formed as a replacement for the beleaguered League of Nations, the United Nations (UN) celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2015. Since transition, membership of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) grew from 51 to today’s 193. But the decision-making Security Council

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South Sudan: What Needs To Be Done…

The world’s youngest country, South Sudan, is dominating international news for nearly sliding into an escalated civil war. Prior to July 2011 independence, South Sudanese were entangled in a decades-long civil conflict in Sudan. This conflict culminated in the secession

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Kyoto Protocol Successor Treaty Needs Powerful States’ Backing

By Tshepho Mokwele. Climate change effects are increasingly becoming evident everywhere and the international community is getting down to brass tacks to establish a successor treaty to the Kyoto Protocol. The envisaged international treaty is unlikely to hold water, should

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Absolute Monarchy : Swaziland’s Elections Are Absolutely Insignificant, 2013

Above image: King Mswati III who has been in power since 1986, succeeding Sobhuza II. By Tshepho Mokwele Swaziland, the long-standing absolute monarchy situated in sub-Saharan Africa, is set to hold national elections by October, 2013. King Mswati III has

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Trevor Manuels Remarks: Colonialism & Apartheid

The commonality between Africa’s conquest by the European and Western powers, and South Africa’s rule by the supreme white minority is that: racial, religious, social, political and economic divides or lines were drawn to the exclusion and detriment of the

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Southern Africa — more peaceful than other African regions: the conscription of children into armed conflicts

By Tshepho Mokwele* Introduction I am convinced that if there is any region in Africa that is more peaceful is Southern Africa. For me, being a South African appears to be a privilege, in as much as I see other

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Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s Ascendency To AU Commission: implications for gender equality in Africa

By Tshepho Mokwele* The 2012 election process of the African Union Commission Chairperson In January 2012, the African Union (AU) held the election of a new Chairperson of its Commission. The contest was between Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of South Africa

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