Tag Archive for South Africa

Africa Notes: Famous Africans, Kony 2012, and a Cocoa Map






Famous Africans Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is on Time Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the World. Other Africans who made the list include: South African Paralympic medalist Oscar Pistorius, Egyptian Samira Ibrahim, Tunisian scholar-politician Rached Ghannouchi, and Gambian Fatou Bensouda, the new head of the International Criminal Court. Kony 2012 Opinio Juris…

Africa Surfing






Surfing in Africa… I never had the opportunity but an ex-roommate and a few friends in Ghana have done so.         

Zuma has officially done it






So, Zuma has officially done it.  He is President of South Africa. It will be interesting to see what impact he has.  Will those who threatened to leave South Africa really leave?  Will he be successful with his populist agenda? I was able to meet him at a lunch at UC Berkeley a little over…

News and Comment: the G20 and Africa Part 2






The G20 has a lot of issues on its plate and at the top of the list, obviously, is the on-going financial crisis.  I have already commented on the problems African countries face in getting their voices heard. On that point, Africa may have an ally in Pope Benedict who, recently returned from his Africa…

News and Comment: South Africa does what China wants?






The BBC (see below) is reporting that the South African government may be bowing to pressure from China in its decision to block the Dalai Lama’s entry. If true (and what other reason could there be?), it is yet another signal that doing business with China carries its own conditions.  And if South Africa cannot…