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Turks vote in historic referendum on expanding Erdogan’s power

By Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA (Reuters) – Turks began voting in a hotly contested referendum on Sunday that could place sweeping new powers in the hands of President Tayyip Erdogan and herald the most radical change to the country’s political system in its modern history. Opinion polls have given a narrow lead for a “Yes” vote, …

INPOLITICS  WORLDApril 16, 2017

How are the children of Zimbabwe’s land reform beneficiaries making a living?

How have young people who grew up on farms allocated to their parents as part of the ‘fast-track’ land reform fared in the period after leaving school? In our studies, we have explored the life courses of those who are now aged between 20 and 31, and whose parents were in our study sample on …

INAGRICULTURE  ECONOMICS  ZIMBABWEApril 14, 2017

Colombians are fed up with corruption, and everyone seems to be under investigation

Fabio Andres Diaz, International Institute of Social Studies Civil unrest seems to be the order of the day – and the coming weeks – in Latin America. The sprawling Odebrecht bribery scandal that started in Brazil is now complicating life in many neighbouring nations. In Colombia, recent reports reveal that the Brazilian construction company has …

INPOLITICS  WORLDApril 14, 2017

New survey data shows Zuma cost the ANC dearly in the 2016 election

David Everatt, University of the Witwatersrand President Jacob Zuma cost the ruling African National Congress millions of votes in the country’s local government elections in 2016. Core ANC voters stayed away, were repelled by the party – or simply gave up on it. This comes through clearly from private polling data gathered before, during and …

INAFRICA  POLITICSApril 8, 2017

After the downgrade: South Africa should copy Brazil and impeach its president

Mzukisi Qobo, University of Johannesburg The news that South Africa’s sovereign rating has been downgraded caught many by surprise. But it was long coming. The main reason for the rating agency’s decision is clearly concerns about political leadership in the country. Moody’s, which is expected to follow suit, has said as much, stating its decision …

INAFRICAApril 5, 2017

How liberators turn into oppressors: a study of southern African states

Henning Melber, University of Pretoria This article is a foundation essay. These are longer than usual and take a wider look at a key issue affecting society. Since coming to political power, the anticolonial movements of Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa have remained in control of the former settler colonies’ societies. At best …

INAFRICA  POLITICS  ZIMBABWEApril 5, 2017

South Africa CEO’s see severe consequences after cabinet reshuffle

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma’s decision to dismiss Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has severe consequences for the economy and is a setback to the work done to avoid a credit ratings downgrade, a group of business leaders said on Friday. “This decision, and the manner in which it was taken, is likely …

INAFRICA  ECONOMICSMarch 31, 2017

Ousted South Korea leader behind bars

By Cynthia Kim and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) – Ousted South Korean leader Park Geun-hye was behind bars in the Seoul Detention Centre on Friday after her arrest, on charges including bribery, in a corruption scandal that has brought low some of the country’s business and political elite. In a dramatic fall from power, Park, …

INPOLITICS  WORLDMarch 31, 2017