The World

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

The U.S. Cuba Embargo: Making Diplomacy Impossible

Picture credit: Escape Style Arturo Lopez-Levy - Just before Thanksgiving, Cuban-American families who had hoped to spend the holidays with their Cuban relatives got some bad news. On November 26th, Cuba suspended consular services — including the issuing of passports and visas — at its interest section in Washington. The move came after the Buffalo-based M & T Bank announced this summer that it would stop providing Cuba with banking services in the United States. The Cuban government could not find another bank to take...

Is Berlin the Coolest Cultural Spot in the Western World?

Picture credit: kaymoshusband/flickr Lucy McKeon - Confronting the national past—an important and ongoing exercise for any nation—is especially fraught for a country like Germany, whose recent pasts perhaps more urgently beg for confrontation than most. And so it is that Germany is known for its formalized memorialization of these regretted pasts, in the form of museums, monuments, exhibitions and tours. (One current debate in Berlin centers on whether Tempelhof Field, a former Nazi airport-turned-park, should remain undeveloped...

Imploding the Myth of Israel

Picture credit: Author of the book Chris Hedges - Israel has been poisoned by the psychosis of permanent war. It has been morally bankrupted by the sanctification of victimhood, which it uses to justify an occupation that rivals the brutality and racism of apartheid South Africa. Its democracy—which was always exclusively for Jews—has been hijacked by extremists who are pushing the country toward fascism. Many of Israel’s most enlightened and educated citizens—1 million of them—have left the country. Its most...

Yes It Can Actually Get That Good: How Australia Looks After Its Population

Picture credit: Sydney Opera House at night by Anthony Winning courtesy Wikimedia Commons. Jodie Gummow - When Americans think of Australia they generally imagine a vast and arid desert, inhabited by killer wildlife and famous for Crocodile Hunter, Sydney Opera House and glorious beaches. However, the land Down Under is far more progressive than many countries care to understand and in fact could actually teach the United States a thing or two about how to look after its own population. Here are some interesting facts and policies found in Australia that you probably haven’t head...

Iceland Update: Beyond the Pots and Pans Revolution

Picture credit:  Warrior Outrageous/Flickr Matthew Deaves - Over the last decade Iceland, more than any other country, has been held up as a model of how to do things right. Pre-crash Iceland was championed by the Right as a shining example of the benefits of liberalized finance. After the financial crisis of 2008 proved them disastrously wrong Iceland was again touted as an example to emulate, this time by the Left. It was lauded as the country that had not taken the crash lying down. According to this narrative, Icelanders had with righteous fury...

At the UN, a Latin American Rebellion

Picture credit: Brazilian President Dilma Vana Rousseff at the 67th General Assembly of the United Nations, UN Headquarters, New York courtesy UNIC/John Gillespie. Laura Carlsen - Without a doubt, the 68th UN General Assembly will be remembered as a watershed. Nations reached an agreement on control of chemical weapons that could avoid a global war in Syria. The volatile stalemate on the Iran nuclear program came a step closer to diplomacy. What failed to make the headlines, however, could have the longest-term significance of all: the Latin American rebellion. For Latin American leaders, this year’s UN general debate became a forum for widespread dissent...