Author Archives: Yash

Mugabe: A Political Epitaph

An Epitaph If the following reads like an epitaph, this indeed is what it is.  The end of Mugabe’s political life at the age of 93 is like an end of his life. Mugabe has been the lead story almost … Continue reading →

Book Review: Playing with Fire: Deepened Financial Integration and Changing Vulnerabilities of the Global South

Yilmaz Akyuz, Playing with Fire: Deepened Financial Integration and Changing Vulnerabilities of the Global South, Oxford University Press, 2017. Book Review Yilmaz Akyuz is one of very few people with years of experience analysing the global financial system both at … Continue reading →

The Rise and Rise of China

The Rise and Rise of China The beginning of a third revolutionary epoch? As I write this blog, the Western media is awash with the news of the week-long 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party that started on 18 … Continue reading →

Reflections on Kenya: Whose capital, Whose State?

In The Trial of Dedan Kimathi, Ngugi wa Thiong’o challenges the colonial presentation of Kimathi as a depraved, mad, terrorist. Ngugi presents an alternative nationalist narrative of Kimathi as a revolutionary, admired by peasants and workers of Kenya. In the … Continue reading →

Reflections on South Africa: whose capital, whose state?

Main argument summarised President Jacob Zuma narrowly survived the recent (9 August, 2017) parliamentary secret ballot on no confidence in him.  177 MPs voted for the motion, 198 against and 9 abstained. Clearly, many African National Congress (ANC) MPs had … Continue reading →

G20: the second Berlin War against Africa

Germany holds this year’s presidency of the G20.[1] On 12-13 June 2017, the German government organised a high-level conference in the historic city of Berlin where Africa was fragmented in 1885. The ostensible objective of the June 2017 meeting was … Continue reading →

Revival of the ACP group to negotiate with the EU: Hopes & Challenges

On 3 April 2017, the secretariat of 79 countries from ACP (Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific) issued a statement saying they would “speak with one voice” to negotiate the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU). This … Continue reading →

Reflections on the attack on Westminster

On 22 March 2017 Khalid Masood perpetrated on the grounds of England’s Westminster Palace what was described by the British security forces and the media as a “terrorist attack”. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) immediately took … Continue reading →


Preface I started observing the elections in the United States the moment I realised that Ronald Trump was an unusual phenomenon in US history. I wrote a series of seven weekly blogs starting the first week of November 2016. In … Continue reading →

Reflections on Post US Elections Geopolitics PART 7: WHAT IS FASCISM IN OUR TIMES?

There is much talk these days, especially in the Western media, about “fascism”. The word is thrown around with total abandon to describe any political figure with whom one is in disagreement.  Sometimes, “fascism” is twinned with “populism” so that … Continue reading →