Is it time for Africa to teach Europe what democracy and passive racism are?

Long read: The ‘White Man’s Burden’ racist attitude that drives this passively racist approach couldn’t be provided.

Picture it. The aftermath of a national election, where senior international observer from a leading European country declares of the election process he has just witnessed: “In all the many election observations I’ve been on, I have not seen anything that comes close to how undemocratic the voting system is”; and then goes on to say “It is just so far beneath anything remotely resembling European election standards, or anything we would allow, even in Eastern Europe.”

Is it time for Africa to teach Europe what democracy and passive racism are?
Is it time for Africa to teach Europe what democracy and passive racism are?

Is it time for Africa to teach Europe what democracy and passive racism are?

Long read: The ‘White Man’s Burden’ racist attitude that drives this passively racist approach couldn’t be provided.

The dagga ruling, while a step forward, isn’t very practical

The dagga ruling, while a step forward, isn’t very practical

The Concourt has left questions about legal interpretations unanswered, meaning the line between ‘public criminals’ and ‘private users’ is blurred.
The British Council’s Mandela exhibition: history or corporate whitewash?

The British Council’s Mandela exhibition: history or corporate whitewash?

Anglo American continues to shamelessly sanitise its image in relation to apartheid, with the British government playing along.
Zondo needs to move faster because Zuma is trying to ‘fight back’

Zondo needs to move faster because Zuma is trying to ‘fight back’

The state capture commission of inquiry doesn’t have the luxury of time, though its chairperson seems to think so.
Why is Steve Biko’s remarkable legacy often overlooked?

Why is Steve Biko’s remarkable legacy often overlooked?

Four decades after his death in police custody on September 12 1977, Biko deserves to be recognised as one of the towering heroes of the anti-apartheid struggle.
Putting Nigerian neuroscience research under the microscope

Putting Nigerian neuroscience research under the microscope

Most of our understanding of the brain comes from the global North, with only minor contributions from places like Africa.
What Brexit queen Theresa was really up to with Africa visit

What Brexit queen Theresa was really up to with Africa visit

May’s ‘new approach’ to the continent is essentially the same old selfish Britain wrapped up in new packaging.
Trump’s comment about SA is a reminder that race still matters

Trump’s comment about SA is a reminder that race still matters

For a brief moment last week, US President Donald Trump served a useful purpose.
What to look out for in South Africa’s imminent new energy plan

What to look out for in South Africa’s imminent new energy plan

South Africa will be looking for a new energy plan that leads the way into the new global energy landscape.
Ghana is looking to launch into outer space

Ghana is looking to launch into outer space

Rapid advances in space technology mean that space is no longer just a stargazer’s paradise. Ghana wants in on the action, but it first has to overcome some legal obstacles.
Trevor Noah is right. People can be both French and African

Trevor Noah is right. People can be both French and African

It is important to understand that the African diaspora constitutes complex and multiplicitous identities.
Three approaches to land expropriation. Which one will SA pick?

Three approaches to land expropriation. Which one will SA pick?

Somewhere there will need to be compromise and a meeting of minds among those affected.
DA: We believe in black empowerment, just not of the ANC kind

DA: We believe in black empowerment, just not of the ANC kind

The DA has been criticised for opposing the ANC’s policy of broad-based black economic empowerment. Chairperson James Selfe responds.
Ramaphosa’s possible clever strategy on land expropriation

Ramaphosa’s possible clever strategy on land expropriation

The president is being forced to change the constitution by Zuma supporters hoping to embarrass him. He may still have the last laugh.
The term ‘fake news’ is doing great harm. ‘Bullsh*t’ is better

The term ‘fake news’ is doing great harm. ‘Bullsh*t’ is better

We’d actually all be better off if we stopped using the label entirely and just got back to using tried-and-tested language.
White farmer writes plea to Ramaphosa to let him help black farmers

White farmer writes plea to Ramaphosa to let him help black farmers

Nick Serfontein’s letter has already been widely shared in Afrikaans, and asks the president to do away with well-connected individuals walking through farmlands in Gucci shoes.
Limpopo sex workshop aims to change views on prostitutes and legislation

Limpopo sex workshop aims to change views on prostitutes and legislation

Countries around the world are trying to remove the stigma, violence and fear associated with prostitution by legalising it.
Mandela is the one who has been sold out

Mandela is the one who has been sold out

All those calling the icon a sellout today should look at the true source of betrayal of his legacy.
This is the only way the ANC will be able to fix itself before elections

This is the only way the ANC will be able to fix itself before elections

Despite Jacob Zuma being dethroned, the party remains at war with itself. That doesn’t seem about to change soon.
Why Obama views Joburg speech as most important since leaving White House

Why Obama views Joburg speech as most important since leaving White House

Drawing on Mandela’s legacy, Obama can help the world better understand the nature of threats to democracy.
Why SA’s new political party funding bill is good news for democracy

Why SA’s new political party funding bill is good news for democracy

The ANC and DA now support disclosure. Only the EFF remains firmly opposed to the new bill.
Ramaphosa is wasting his time if he doesn’t prosecute the corrupt

Ramaphosa is wasting his time if he doesn’t prosecute the corrupt

SA’s corrupt officials came to believe under Zuma they were immune to prosecution. That has been devastating and will be costly to fix.
To fix South Africa’s dysfunctional state, ditch its colonial heritage

To fix South Africa’s dysfunctional state, ditch its colonial heritage

South Africa’s governance challenge can’t simply be fixed by reorganising the structure of government.
How Motsoaledi’s well-meaning NHI plans fall short

How Motsoaledi’s well-meaning NHI plans fall short

The proposed new universal health care plan is not clear on how the changes will fix an already ailing system.
How African cities’ residents are creating climate change solutions

How African cities’ residents are creating climate change solutions

Scientific knowledge is not considered more important than the knowledge held by decision makers and civilians.

 

 

 

 

 

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