Chinese troops prepare for Sudan

China’s first military base in Africa

The Chinese have long attacked the West for its imperialist and militarist aims in Africa. Well, it now looks as if Beijing has joined the pack. It is reported (see below) that China has completed negotiations with Djibouti for a base – joining the French and United States, which already have facilies in this tiny…

South Africa elections

Reform South Africa’s slate politics

Reform lethal slate politics By PAUL TREWHELA Daily Dispatch, East London, 19 January 2016 Why should people not have the right to choose, elect and remove MPs and provincial councillors, person by person? No-one can monitor and decide on the conduct of individual politicians – one by one – better than voters, grouped in local…

SA Racism

South Africa engages in volksverhetzung

A descent into racial madness James Myburgh examines the ideological subtext to the Penny Sparrow and Chris Hart controversies Source: Politicsweb In the early weeks of January much of the South African intelligentsia descended into a state of what can only be described as racial madness. There was a loss of all sense of reality,…

EU migration

“Mass migration into Europe is unstoppable”

A fascinating, provocative analysis by my old colleague, Gideon Rachman Source: FT Martin Mass migration into Europe is unstoppable Gideon Rachman Population pressures in Africa and the Middle East will drive immigration far into the future In the 18th and 19th centuries, Europeans populated the world. Now the world is populating Europe. Beyond the furore…