The World

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

Seven Stories Making Headlines Around the World

Picture credit: Alternet Jodie Gummow - 1.  United States Signs Arms Trade Treaty Despite NRA Opposition The United States, the world’s number one exporter of weapons, celebrated joining 106 other countries in finally signing the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), AFP reported.  The ATT is the first global attempt to regulate the illicit trade in conventional weapons by requiring signatory countries to abide by rules and conditions to control the international transfer and flow of arms. While human rights groups cheered...

Blood in the Streets of Santiago: Forty Years Since the Coup in Chile

Picture credit: Former President of Chile, Salvador Allende, courtesy Browse Biography. Richard Pithouse - Pablo Neruda, the great Chilean poet, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971 for “a poetry that with the action of an elemental force brings alive a continent's destiny and dreams". In his acceptance speech in Stockholm he cited Arthur Rimbaud, the wild teenage poetic genius of the Paris Commune of 1871: "In the dawn, armed with a burning patience, we shall enter the splendid Cities." Neruda declared that “my duties as a poet involve friendship not only...

War With Syria and Its Repercussions

Picture credit: amberpaw2/Flickr Shamus Cooke - A U.S. invasion of Syria could be the first war based on a Youtube video. After a video was released showing victims of an alleged chemical weapons attack, England immediately declared the Syrian government responsible, while Obama began drawing up military plans, saying there was "little doubt" the Syrian Government was at fault (zero evidence currently exists to suggest this). An extra U.S. warship has already been deployed in response. Instead of responsibly waiting for the UN...

Greece: A United Syriza Moves Closer to Power

Picture credit: Alexis Tsipras of Greece James Elliott - The man who promises to end Greece’s austerity binge and reinvent European socialism for the 21st century has edged closer to power, after the radical left Syriza coalition of 14 parties merged into one unified bloc to fight future elections. Alexis Tsipras, the coalition’s leader, was elected head of the new party with 74% of the votes cast by 3412 delegates. Syriza won 71 seats in last year’s June elections, putting them as the second largest party in the parliament but...

On the Verdict in the Bradley Manning Court-Martial

Picture credit: Bradley Manning courtesy Saint Iscariot/Flickr. Julian Assange - On Tuesday, 30 July 2013, Bradley Manning, a whistleblower, was convicted by a military court at Fort Meade of 19 offences for supplying the press with information, including five counts of ’espionage’. He now faces a maximum sentence of 136 years. The ’aiding the enemy’ charge has fallen away. It was only included, it seems, to make calling journalism ’espionage’ seem reasonable. It is not. Bradley Manning’s alleged disclosures have exposed war...

Mandela in Miami

Picture credit: Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro courtesy Foreign Policy in Focus. Arturo Lopez-Levy - Nelson Mandela has long enjoyed the support of Fidel Castro, and many right-wing Cuban Americans have never forgiven the anti-apartheid leader for it. Ethics has never been a forte of the pro-embargo Cuban-American lobby. But the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC has reached a new low. Capitalizing on South African president Nelson Mandela’s health problems, embargo supporters have constructed a false parallel between the multilateral sanctions against South Africa’s apartheid regime...