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Gambling with impunity: al-Bashir, South Africa & the ICC

June 22, 2015

By Beatrice Tesconi: News that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s jet had taken off from a military base in Pretoria last Monday sparked two starkly different reactions. Upon his arrival in Khartoum, Bashir received a hero’s welcome from hundreds of supporters cheering his safe return home in defiance of a South African court order barring his departure. … Continue reading “Gambling with impunity: al-Bashir, South Africa & the ICC”

The player: "Plot for Peace"

March 24, 2014

Editor’s Note: This movie’s highlight for those like myself fascinated by diplomacy, its study, theory and practices, is its exceptional depiction of Track II diplomacy. We see Olivier, French businessman, deeply involved in many of the preliminaries to the Angola-Namibian accords. Whilst the claim of the film, that this was crucial to the end of … Continue reading “The player: "Plot for Peace"”

Diary of a Teacher: Reflections of a South African MP on education during apartheid

March 4, 2014

By Professor Gertrude Fester: My schooling was under apartheid South Africa (SA) and yes, the system taught us directly and indirectly that we were inferior. Fortunately, at High school we had teachers from the Trotskyite Unity Movement of South Africa (UMSA). They made us interrogate the system in SA.  So even though we were given … Continue reading “Diary of a Teacher: Reflections of a South African MP on education during apartheid”


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