Global News Journal

from Africa News blog:

Was South Africa right to deny Dalai Lama a visa?

October 4, 2011

By Isaac Esipisu

Given that China is South Africa’s biggest trading partner and given the close relationship between Beijing and the ruling African National Congress, it didn’t come as a huge surprise that South Africa was in no hurry to issue a visa to the Dalai Lama.

from Tales from the Trail:

Obama to World Cup? Well, if U.S. team reaches the finals….

April 14, 2010

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President Barack Obama has said he might make the trip to this summer's soccer World Cup in South Africa -- but won't commit unless the U.S. team reaches the finals, according to South Africa's foreign minister.

from Africa News blog:

Nigeria’s image problem

September 21, 2009

For anyone who has seen the hit film District 9, it’s no surprise a Nigerian minister would be upset by it.

from Africa News blog:

South Africa’s unions flex their muscles

May 18, 2009

After South Africa’s unions came close to blocking the listing of mobile phone group Vodacom, new President Jacob Zuma may want to keep a closer eye on his left wing allies.

from Africa News blog:

What chance for democracy in Nigeria?

May 6, 2009

Can Nigeria, the so-called “giant of Africa”, live up to its claim of being the biggest democracy in the black world? Not if its latest state governorship election is anything to go by, argue some in Africa’s most populous nation.

from Africa News blog:

Can Zuma live up to unity pledge?

April 26, 2009

Pledging to work for national unity is pretty much a formality for any election winner, but in the case of South Africa’s Jacob Zuma it may be more than a platitude. It may need to be.

from Africa News blog:

Zuma sweeps in

April 23, 2009

It was South Africa’s most exciting election campaign for a long time, enlivened by the split in the African National Congress and the personality of Jacob Zuma, the man who is now pretty much assured of becoming president despite the best efforts of plenty of people within his party as well as the opposition.

from Africa News blog:

Will Mandela effect help ANC?

April 20, 2009

Nelson Mandela, a global symbol of reconciliation after the end of apartheid in 1994, appeared at the ruling ANC's last election rally before Wednesday's vote, delivering a last minute campaign boost for party leader Jacob Zuma.

from Africa News blog:

Will South Africa’s poor always back ANC?

April 17, 2009

It’s one of the biggest ironies in South African politics -- the most loyal ANC voters are often those the party appears to have let down most bitterly.

from Africa News blog:

France and Africa. New relationship?

March 26, 2009

Before Nicolas Sarkozy was elected president in 2007, he made clear he wanted to break with France’s old way of doing business in Africa – a cosy blend of post-colonial corruption and patronage known as “Françafrique” that suited a fair few African dictators and the French establishment alike.