Author

Solly Rakgomo
  • Political party funding is essential for democracy

    The announcement of political party funding rekindled the old debate about the connection between funding of political parties as a way to enrich democracy in Botswana. In addition, Botswana’s opposition parties have always decried the fact that...

  • ICJ on Israel

    In the first two days after the January 26 ICJ Order was issued, for instance, 373 Palestinians were killed in Gaza, the majority of them children and women.We should not be surprised that Israel has defied the ICJ. It has defied it before. Israel...

  • The truth about China’s Xinjiang

    In the last two decades, China has been one such country that has been targeted by Western powers (the USA in particular) through the mainstream media to discredit the country’s reputation in the international community.For many years, the world...

  • Tough challenges ahead of Africa’s 2024 elections

    Two-thirds of these elections are packed into the last quarter of the year. A series of elections in southern Africa, where a single party has long dominated, may see their first transition of power while others may lose their legislative...

  • Crisis of legitimacy in DRC elections

    The DRC’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) has declared incumbent President Félix Tshisekedi the winner of the country’s presidential election with 72% of the vote. The resounding figure would seem implausible given the strong...

  • Term limits evasions undermine democratic governance

    It is disheartening to state that leaders of 14 African countries have held onto power for more than two terms after evading term limits. This continues a pattern of term limit evasion observed since 2015, reversing an evolving trend of term limit...

  • Israel’s history of lies and deception

    The Israelis were trying to compromise US-Egyptian relations, particularly the efforts of the Eisenhower administration to finance the Aswan Dam.In the 1980s, the Israelis denied that Jonathan Pollard was spying on behalf of the Israeli intelligence;...

  • Electoral violence undermines democratic consolidation

    Examples here include violent elections in countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and others where the attendant search for redress through official and unofficial responses has, altogether, been largely trapped in deepening...

  • Failure of US war on terror in Africa

    The greatest failure of its “Forever Wars,” however, may not be in the Middle East, but in Africa. “Our war on terror begins with al-Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found,...

  • The failure of international law in Gaza

    What is the problem of international law that it has always failed to protect the people of Palestine? What is the missing link or the lacuna that Israel is getting away with its acts without any scrutiny? The answer lies in the international law...

  • Constitutional coups are a threat to democracy

    Term limit evasions are at the root of a host of governance dysfunctions in Africa and are linked to higher levels of autocracy, corruption, conflict, and propensity for coups. Leaders of 14 African countries have held onto power for more than two...

  • Israel’s role in the creation of Hamas

    Brigadier General Yitzhak Segev, who served as an Israeli military governor in Gaza in the early 1980s, had disclosed in an interview to The New York Times that he had contributed to financing the Palestinian Islamist movement as a...

  • Africa can benefit from China’s global community of shared future

    His proposal lights the path forward as the world fumbles for solutions, and represents China’s contribution to global efforts to protect our shared home and create a better future of prosperity for all.The vision is based on both observation of...

  • Framing the language of carnage in Palestine

    Propaganda is used to rally the troops, manage public perceptions and garner support. Israel has firmly embedded the myth that it is a democratic, brave, vulnerable nation into the body politic of the United States.In their current war against the...

  • Strengthening the integrity of elections in Africa

    This is particularly pivotal on the African continent in the context of democratic consolidation and mitigating the unconstitutional changes of government. As such, questions on how to strengthen political transitions towards democratic governance...

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