The World

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

Why We Need to Understand the Apocalyptic Worldview of a Small Group of Radical Muslims

Picture credit: Boston Marathon Bombing courtesy hahatango/Flickr. Chip Berlet - If we want to understand the genesis of much Islamic terrorism by a small handful of Muslims, a speculative tour of their apocalyptic worldview may help us design a more effective response. Walk a mile in the shoes of those who claim to honor God and yet cheer the bombing of the Boston Marathon. They represent only a tiny fraction of the Muslims on our planet, yet they see themselves as carrying out the will of God. Fanatics such as these can be found in many of the World’s...

WikiLeaks Strikes Again: Website Publishes 1.7 Million Documents on US Foreign Policy

Picture credit: pameladrew212/Flickr Alex Kane - WikiLeaks strikes again. The whistleblowing website has released 1.7 million cables dating from 1973-1976 that shine a bright light on US foreign policy. WikiLeaks says the documents were obtained from Freedom of Information requests and the State Department’s “systematic declassification review.” WikiLeaks is calling it the Public Library of US Diplomacy. The organization has now published the cables on their website in a searchable format, saying it is “the...

The Growing Campaign to Revoke Obama's Nobel Peace Prize

Picture credit: Nobel Committee Chairman Thorbjorn Jagland presents President Barack Obama with the Nobel Prize courtesy White House/Wikimedia. Norman Solomon - The Nobel Peace Prize that President Obama received 40 months ago has emerged as the most appalling Orwellian award of this century. No, war is not peace. George Carlin used to riff about oxymorons like “jumbo shrimp,” “genuine imitation,” “political science” and “military intelligence.” But humor is of the gallows sort when we consider the absurdity and tragedy of the world’s most important peace prize honoring the world’s top...

The BRICS Bank and World Dominance: How Real Is This?

Picture credit: BRICS heads of states with leaders of African countries courtesy Blog do Planalto/Flickr. Saliem Fakir - The 5th BRICS Summit recently hosted in Durban has come to an end with great fanfare and celebrations that progress has been made with the announcement that a BRICS development bank will be established. The concept of the bank is sketchy and it is hard to tell what it will look like given that the partners are still mulling its final form. However, its primary focus is mooted to be in infrastructure development. Beyond that South Africa will chair the BRICS process until Brazil hosts the...

BRICS Go Over the Wall

Picture credit: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and SA Pepe Escobar - Reports on the premature death of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have been greatly exaggerated. Western corporate media is flooded with such nonsense, perpetrated in this particular case by the head of Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Reality spells otherwise. The BRICS meet in Durban, South Africa, this Tuesday to, among other steps, create their own credit rating agency, sidelining the dictatorship - or at least "biased agendas", in New Delhi's...

The Somaliazation of Syria

Picture credit: Scott Bob, Voice of America News/Wikimedia Giorgio Cafiero - As Syria’s civil war enters its third year, the country's humanitarian crisis worsens each day and the Levant grows increasingly vulnerable to the conflict's spillover. In mid-February, the United Nations reported a death toll “nearing 70,000.” Today, one in four Syrians is internally displaced or living abroad as a refugee. No dialogue between the Assad regime and rebels has begun, as the gulf between the two sides’ conditions for talks has proven too wide to...