The politics of definitions

Zuma shocked South Africans and the rest of Africa when his government voted alongside Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Lebanon, Gabon, Nigeria, Portugal, France, the United States, and Britain...

Mis-perceiving freedom

Reason Wafawarova
One wonders what it is that induces Africans to accept their subordinate status in world affairs as natural. Now with many among the civic and political lea...

Politics of borrowed reasoning

In his book “Social Amnesia,” Russel Jacoby writes, “Exactly because the past is forgotten, it rules unchallenged. To be transcended it must first be remembered. Social amnesia is society’s repres...

Assassins will not prevail

Reason Wafawarova
When ANC was formed 100 years ago, the idea was to end the subjugation of native South Africans by foreign occupiers, some of whom have developed this ide...

Insight into manufactured reality

The greatest inhibition to imperial dominance is justice. It is impossible to be an imperialist and a just person at the same time. Ironically imperialism is and must be fuelled on the pretext o...

When democracy becomes defiance

IN December 2005, CITGO, the Houston-based subsidiary of PDVSA, Venezuela’s state-owned national oil company, flighted a full-page advert in major US newspapers with a screaming header “How Venezu...

Prophets, prophecy and prosperity

The hunt for material gain and wealth is the reason people go to school, colleges and universities, toiling hard to pass often hard-set examinations — the reason why African nations got colonise...

History in democracy promotion

Democracy has been elevated to the cataclysmic standard of being the compendium of the best human possibilities ever; even through the darkest of times, and author Tzvetan Todorov in this understa...

Setting the election agenda

In 2000, MDC was in its infancy and the party went into its maiden election race wielding nothing else but the slogan “Chinja!” — a rather vacuous, albeit populist, chant for a departure from the ...