Donald Trump has frequently expressed his admiration for the country’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson. Jackson was a genuine war hero and fighter of Native Americans, including pursuing the policies that led to ‘The Trail of Tears’. He also defied Supreme Court decisions.
Before more exploitation of the natural world is proposed as a way to solve rural poverty in developing countries, we need to interrogate the nature of corrupt and damaging financial relationships between these countries and the wealthy north. The wildlife trade needs to top the list.
Besides South Africa’s own complex mix of ethnicities, races, religions, and economic inequalities, all of which will have significant impacts on the country’s upcoming national polls, there are other important elections globally in which identity may be a potent influence on the outcome. In today’s article, Indonesia, India, and Nigeria are the subjects for discussion.
STATE OF DISUNION: Trump delivers campaign-style State of the Union under the shadow of Nancy Pelosi
The US president’s state of the union speech, delayed by the government’s partial shutdown, finally went ahead. Despite some efforts to reach across the aisle and join with Democrats, ultimately it was vintage Trump.
It may be a bigger public investment programme than the Marshall Plan or the moon-shot, but thanks to US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the young people who back her, it may just get through. As an answer to climate change, the Green New Deal is the best humanity has right now. Which means that South Africa could reap the benefits too.
TRUMP’S FORK IN THE ROAD: The Donald prepares for his State of the Union Speech – the world holds its breath, sort of
On Tuesday 5 February, Donald Trump will deliver his next State of the Union Speech, the one he wasn’t allowed to give, by order of Nancy Pelosi, during the partial government shutdown. And now he will – but what in the world will he say?
The US Intelligence Strategy: National security is an adult’s game; 72-year-old children should not be playing it
In a week of momentous political developments, the American intelligence community released an unclassified document to the world — telling everyone what they think should be crucial to the US in the coming years. Unfortunately, they did not simultaneously release a graphic novel comic version of it, so it is not likely the current US president is going to take the time to read it himself. Too bad, there’s lots for a national leader to chew on in it.
On 26 January 2019, the Security Council of the United Nations held a special session to discuss recent events in Venezuela. Of the 15 member countries of this body, only four voted against debating this issue. Unfortunately, South Africa was one. The country cannot continue to turn a blind eye to what is really happening in Venezuela.