The World

SACSIS seeks to examine global issues, particularly as they relate to South Africa.

China and the Coming Reforms

Picture credit: Shanghai Skyline courtesy Don-kun/Wikimedia Commons Saliem Fakir - On the drive to Pudong International airport from the centre of Shanghai, which takes an hour, you sometimes do not see the sky and nature has long been filled with a concrete jungle so dense that this has become the hallmark of the Chinese growth miracle. Behind this lies the intricacy of Chinese-style economic policymaking and politics. Often the way things work in China remains opaque for us foreigners given the language and cultural barriers. One way of thinking of China is...

Why Russia Will Win In Ukraine

Picture credit: 4thmedia.org Alexander O'Riordan - This weekend Crimea’s hastily organised referendum concluded as expected with an ethnically Russian majority population voting overwhelmingly to merge with Russia. The Western response of sanctions and punitive measures against Russia for its shamefacedly opportunistic occupation will prove in the long run to be largely bluster. There is no doubt the Kremlin is anxious to counter a growing Western-leaning politics in the region and to annex a strategically important part of Ukraine....

Hillary Clinton: Playing a Dog-Eared 'Hitler' Card

Picture credit: Frontrunner to become the next president of the United States, Hillary Rodham Clinton courtesy Wikimedia Commons. Norman Solomon - The frontrunner to become the next president of the United States is playing an old and dangerous political game -- comparing a foreign leader to Adolf Hitler. At a private charity event on Tuesday, in comments preserved on audio, Hillary Clinton talked about actions by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in the Crimea. “Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the ’30s,” she said. The next day, Clinton gave the inflammatory story more oxygen...

Ukraine: The Clash of Partnerships

Picture credit: U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin courtesy Wikimedia Commons. John Feffer - The Cold War is history. For those growing up today, the Cold War is as distant in time as World War II was for those came of age in the 1970s. In both cases, empires collapsed and maps were redrawn. Repugnant ideologies were laid bare and then laid to rest, though patches of nostalgia persist. Surely the Cold War has been consigned to the textbooks as irrevocably as the Battle of the Bulge. The Berlin Wall is in pieces. The U.S. president speaks of the abolition of nuclear weapons. The...

Did Nonviolence Fail in Egypt?

Picture credit: t.sina.com.cn.shenhuyou Mark Engler and Paul Engler - Three years ago this month, the 82-year-old president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, stepped down amid historic protests against his dictatorial rule. News of his resignation on Feb. 11, 2011 marked the climax of an uprising that was quickly recognized as one of the most sudden and significant upheavals of the 21st century. As the New York Times reported, “The announcement, which comes after an 18-day revolt led by the young people of Egypt, shatters three decades of political stasis and...

Society of Fences: A Solution to the 'Demographic Problem'

Picture credit: African asylum seekers protest courtesy You Tube screenshot. Mandisi Majavu - Jean-Jacques Rousseau once wrote that “the first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying This is mine, and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society.” Modern nation states and their immigration laws are largely founded on this logic. The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, was appealing to this logic when he labelled African asylum seekers, who took to the streets last month to protest against...