The World

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

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...

Let the Light of Mandela Shine on U.S. Injustice

Picture credit: President Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela in Mandela Amy Goodman - As the world celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, it is timely to reflect on his life, spent fighting for equality for people of color who long suffered under South Africa’s apartheid regime. Mandela was arrested in 1962, a year before Martin Luther King Jr. would give his “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C. After 27 years in prison, Mandela was released in 1990. Four years later, he would become the first democratically elected president of South Africa....

Snowden: Towards an Endgame

Picture credit: Edward Snowden courtesy zennie62/Flickr Pepe Escobar - The working title of the Edward Snowden movie is still The Spy Who Remains in the Cold. Here's where we stand: Snowden could only fly out of Hong Kong because China allowed it. Snowden could only arrive in Moscow because Russia knew it - in co-operation with China. This is part of their strategic relationship, which includes the BRICS group (along with Brazil, India and South Africa) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. No official source though would ever confirm it....

Down Memory Lane: When America Met Mandela

Picture credit: Nelson Mandela addresses the Special Committee Against Apartheid in the UN Francis Njubi Nesbitt - Take your guns, pangas, and knives and throw them into the sea. –Nelson Mandela. "Who is this man Mandela?" The U.S News & World Report asked in January 1990. Apparently no one much knew, since the magazine could only come up with three short paragraphs about the ANC leader. This sketch of Mandela's life seemed to be drawn from a Who's Who collection, detailing his early education, legal practice, and arrest by South African authorities in August 1962. Referring to him...

The Roots of Social Rebellion? Social Movements.

Picture credit: Brazilian protest courtesy Hispanically Speaking News. Sreeram Chaulia - Historic change eventually comes via small and modest beginnings. The current revolts in Brazil and Turkey actually started in low-key fashion at least one decade ago. Had they been spotted earlier, there would be less befuddlement about explaining the genesis of the mass protests that have mushroomed to force the governments of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to rethink their policy paths. Brazil’s middle and working classes shot to...

Will the Mideast Erupt? Five Crucial Issues as Egypt's President Morsi is Deposed

Picture credit: Anti-Morsi protest in downtown Cairo courtesy Gigi Ibrahim/Flickr. Alex Kane - The Egyptian street has erupted once again. Two and a half years after the revolution that overthrew longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak captivated the world and fundamentally changed the Middle East, another massive shock to the Egyptian political system is unfolding. After a year of rule by President Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood-backed politician who won Egypt’s first-ever free and democratic elections last year, ordinary Egyptians have had enough. Responding to a grassroots...