The future of Europe and global power shift

There is such a raging debate going on about the future of Europe that I thought I might as well join in from here, the southern tip of Africa – the long-forgotten wastelands of European rivalry. Down here affinity to Europe have more or less faded to almost nothing in the case of the average white person, to academic in the case of the few intellectuals, to a lingering nostalgia for their roots in the case of a smattering of older people.  I guess I fall into the latter two categories with my interest in international politics and a...

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Democracy at the mercy of professional politicians

It was an alleged remark by our dear president, President Jacob Zuma that prompted me to write about it: The destruction of democracy by professional politicians. Admittedly the remark was read from lamp pole posters, because I more or less refuse to subject myself to the feverish sensationalism of the day press, unless I am caught in a doctor’s waiting room with nothing else to read; much better, I find, to read the more considered opinions about the whole lot in a good weekly isor monthly Oh yes, the remark. He was alleged to have said that his party,...

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Thoughts on a visit to Istanbul

Ok, so it seems a bit strange to find the African Wanderer rambling on about Istanbul on his very African website. Actually my intention with this blog is to write about anything that I feel I’d like to share with the odd lost soul that might stumble onto the site  – travel impressions, political or economic insights, philosophical thoughts; anything that generates enough energy to make me sit down and write. Perhaps I should put this sentence up as a warning right at the beginning. So what was it about the two weeks of meandering through the enigma that...

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