January 26, 2012
The annual Davos bunfight got underway again this week. But this gathering of the super rich and the guests they hope to bribe, bully and otherwise persuade to help shore up a system in crisis is unlikely to produce much that is worthwhile.
January 25, 2012
The fact that the radical Islamist Nour (Light) party scored nearly 30 per cent in the recent Egyptian elections has given rise to a worrying development: religious vigilantes. And with Islamists of one or other variety comprising the largest bloc in the new parliament, the country waits to see how strong is the influence of the fundamentalist Salafi.
January 21, 2012
This January 2012 wasnot just the centenary of South Africa's governing ANC. It was also the centenary of the bread and roses strike in the USA, a strike that provides many lessons for today and provides a good example frm which to judge how far we have come — and hw much further we need to go.
January 10, 2012
This was first posted in January 2012, and has been edited slightly to bring some references up to date. Attention is being drawn to it again because the arguments raised seem even more pertinent now, especially in South Africa, a country that possesses a Bill of Rights that provides a potential — truly democratic — […]
January 7, 2012
Ever since Europe slid into crisis there has been talk that gold might be a way out. Why? Because of gold reserves held by various central banks. Italy, for example, could pay off a substantial part of its burdensome debt by unloading it gold stocks at current prices. And here is the rub: at current […]