Being the continent’s largest economy does matter

Being the continent’s largest economy does matter


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

NIGERIA IS NOW Africa’s largest economy – which is great news for Nigerians. Many South Africans; at least those I interact with on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; seem to downplay this…

Malema, even Nelson Mandela eventually renounced socialism


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

IT’S NATIONAL elections again. All political parties will make their case to the electorate by Election Day. Those who have had an opportunity to govern have a big advantage, as…

The vulnerability of the poor


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

PABLO ESCOBAR WAS A NOTORIOUS COLOMBIAN drug lord in the 70s, 80s till his death in 1993. Then, he was a king of cocaine trafficking. His cartels supplied…

Putin wants to restore the Soviet Empire


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

PUTIN “WANTS TO RESTORE THE SOVIET EMPIRE”, says the United States Senator, John McCain, in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. McCain could be wrong, but my gut…

The issue of homosexuality is complex


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

MY dream is to become an international political economist who studies today’s engines of global economic growth –the emerging markets. This profession requires critical political and economic analysis,…

We should not trust politicians in the fight against racism


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

WE ARE ALL COGNIZANT OF THE fact that racism remains one of the enormous challenges facing the world today. It is, though without much historical facts in backing, my…

Bernanke used monetary policy effectively to avert the repeat of the Great Depression


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

THIS WEEK, JANET YELLEN WAS SWORN in as the new chairperson of the United States Federal Reserve (Fed). She’s the first woman to chair the institution since its establishment in…

Building a house for President Zuma’s neighbor was a good political move by Malema


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED THAT WHEN most people, if not all, head to the polls, policy is the last thing in their minds? Eight out of ten times,…

My thoughts on the events that shook the world in 2013


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

MUCH HAPPENED AROUND THE WORLD LAST year. Edward Snowden stained America’s diplomatic reputation (at least to those the United States National Security Agency spied on); Hugo Chavez and Margaret Thetcher died;…

The repeat of the Rwandan genocide must be averted in Bangui


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

THIS WEEK I LEARNED THAT AT least 400 people have been killed in Central African Republic (CAR), where an interreligious conflict rages on. Most of the victims are those who cannot defend…