“This is a sad day for South Africa and a blow to the rule of law,” says Anton du Plessis, Institute of Security Studies ISS managing director. “Until now, the country has been a champion of international justice and has done more than most in Africa to make sure victims get justice.” I read the comment with great delight. It came in the wake of the news that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who arrived in South Africa on 13 June to attend the African Union (AU) summit in Johannesburg, has left the country, not arrested. Continue reading
A new SIPRI Yearbook is out now. In this edition, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute highlights key findings: (1) all the nuclear weapon-possessing states are working to develop new nuclear weapon systems and/or upgrade their existing ones; and (2) the number of personnel deployed with peace operations worldwide continues to fall while the number of peace operations increases. Continue reading
The European Union (EU) has been widely condemned for its neglect of the growing number of people trying to cross the Mediterranean from Africa, mostly in unseaworthy boats, to seek refuge in Europe. Nearly 25 000 have arrived illegally in Italy alone this year. Although that is not much greater than the number who arrived during the same period last year, the death toll had rocketed from under 100 to the end of April 2014, to about 1 000 so far this year. Continue reading
In one of his essays, Emmy Godwin Irobi likened Nigeria and South Africa to the Biblical Aaron and Moses, who were endowed with the responsibility to bring Africa out from the bondage of despair, decline and underdevelopment. He noted that history has imposed “the enormous task of finding solutions to some of the most pressing African concerns” on the two regional powers.
To say it my way: South Africa is losing its grip on the continent which is not good enough. Not economically or in Continue reading
SIPRI – World military expenditure totalled $1.8 trillion in 2014, a fall of 0.4 per cent in real terms since 2013, according to figures released by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in its comprehensive annual update of the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. Continue reading