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While we were tweeting…

The month of August came and went explosively in South Africa, with 34 striking miners killed in a hail of police bullets. Ten more have died in the protracted strike…..

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The failed index from hell*

We at Africa is a Country think Foreign Policy and the Fund for Peace should either radically rethink the Failed States Index, which they publish in collaboration each year, or abandon it altogether. We just can’t take it seriously: It’s a failed index.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg knows her constitutions

US Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently praised the South African Constitution making process–over that of the United States–as an example that could be instructive for a post-revolution Egypt……

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The Hall of Shame

Before Boima rides us out this year with West Africa’s best dance tunes, we couldn’t resist including a post with some of the lowlights of 2011. Colonial Themed Weddings New…..

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Parachute Journalism

In my previous life as a South African political analyst, I would spend long hours on the telephone to a ‘political risk analyst’ in New York, working for a major…..

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Welcome to Hell

Ah, Foreign Policy Magazine. From their perennially ridiculous lists to bizarre ramblings by the likes of our man in Africa, Jeffrey Gettleman, they never cease to amaze with the levels of…..

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PRODIGAL SONS AND DAUGHTERS

The rightwing magazine, FOREIGN POLICY, is fond of publishing random lists on their blog. Like “The World’s Worst Daughters” and “The World’s Worst Sons.” Basically a list of the errant…..