TONY LEON: Maduro will fall, but with no help from the ANC

The hypocrisy of the ANC siding with the oppressor regime in Venezuela is cringeworthy, writes Tony Leon

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Venezuela is fast becoming a ‘mafia state’: here’s what you need to know

Beginning with Chávez and continuing under Maduro, Venezuela has evolved into a rampant kleptocracy, writes Anthea McCarthy-Jones

Dissecting Robert Mugabe’s fall one year on

Penguin Books has released two books by Zimbabwean journalists in time to celebrate the first anniversary of the coup that finally put Robert Mugabe’s ruinous ...

Double-edged sword of using technology in African elections

The digital age offers many opportunities but also threats to democracy and good governance

Tanzania’s leaders seem unwilling to deliver the change their people crave

Policy interventions can change the speed of change — or delay it. The signs are not terribly encouraging in Tanzania

BARNEY MTHOMBOTHI: Trump’s midterm narcissism a taste of what the presidential campaign will look like

President Donald Trump become an embarrassment to many of his compatriots, and left America’s traditional allies around the world tearing their hair out in ...

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JUSTICE MALALA: When most leaders would put aside partisan views, Trump divides the nation, again

The US president used both the pipe bombs and the synagogue shooting to remind Americans and the world that he is a Republican president first

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JOHN LLOYD: How the culture wars are reshaping the media

'The dominance of the old media is under threat from the new'

JUSTICE MALALA: The growing horror of racial profiling

'Every day now, in the newspapers here, I read about some shocking case of racial profiling'

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DAVID A. ANDELMAN: Will the Saudi crown prince fall over killing of Khashoggi?

'Riyadh certainly has never been known for its respect for human rights. But even Saudi Arabia hasn’t typically operated in such an unrestrained way. What’s ...

JOHN AUTHERS: When Brexit doesn't mean Brexit anymore

'Although there were only two options at the Brexit referendum in 2016 – stay or leave - there are now several more, none of which seem capable of commanding a ...

GREG MILLS: Lucky Goldstar and the Rockets. How to grow an economy against the odds

'Korea’s transformation from a poor, developing to a developed country is known as the ‘Miracle on the Han River’. But it was no miracle'

So, what happens when China's loans come home to roost? Here's a case study

'Cost escalations, hidden charges and other nasty surprises have soured one country after another on Chinese-led infrastructure'

FERDINANDO GIUGLIANO: What Trumponomics means for the rest of the world. And it's not good

The global slowdown looks largely induced by politics. And the prime suspect is Donald Trump and his desire to put 'America first'

MAYSAM BEHRAVESH: Trump's cold war with Iran is about to get hotter

One missile shown on Iranian state television carried the slogan: “Death to America, “Death to Israel, Death to al Saud”

ANDRÉS MARTINEZ: How Trump's mind works on trade

Trump can reap the benefits of the so-called Madman Theory, first posited by Italian political theorist Niccolo Machiavelli and associated at times with ...

DAVID FICKLING: The emerging market oil crisis is just beginning

'For much of the world’s population, we’re already at or near the worst levels endured during the 2008 price spike'

Which major leader does the world trust least? The answer is damning

The Pew Research Center found 70 percent of people surveyed across 25 countries this year said they lacked confidence in Trump

JONATHAN BERNSTEIN: Another fine Trump mess as Kavanaugh starts to crumble

'Kavanaugh was a poor choice from the point of view of good presidenting. The judge was certain to be a highly controversial selection from the start'

PETER APPS: The UN might not be perfect, but it's the world's best hope

'The greatest single achievement of the U.N. has probably been to preserve and build that spirit of international cooperation as something positive and worth ...

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