Author: Abbey Makoe

Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine whose country has been turned into an epicentre of the West’s proxy war against Russia. Throughout this week’s NATO Summit, and in its immediate aftermath, talk of a peaceful negotiation to end the war in Ukraine was evident through its absence. It was a sad reflection of the Western-led gung-ho diplomacy at the centre of the so-called “rules-based world order”. The appetite for continued global dominance is a force behind the West’s military and diplomatic determination to maintain the global status quo. It masks their unilateralism that has replaced a multipolar world order based on the…

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Until this week’s fallout between the DA and the ANC, the light at the end of the tunnel was beaming with brightness. And now, suddenly, and menacingly, it looks like the light is that of an oncoming train. Theirs was a tricky courtship. Their quick marriage – albeit based on convenience – was blissful. Indeed, the honeymoon was looming. Now, the end is nigh. The marriage officer, Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, must be wondering which part of the vows the newly-weds missed. He might never. In South Africa, you marry in church but never divorce in the same place. Permanent…

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Seventy years ago, China launched “Five Principles of Peaceful coexistence” aimed at ameliorating the dangers and threats posed by growing unilateralism in the international world order. With a greater emphasis on mutuality and equality, the principles provide a whole set of basic norms for peaceful coexistence among countries across political, security, economic and diplomatic domains. The five principles, which are consistent with purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, have become the cornerstone of China’s foreign policy. A “peaceful coexistence” is a formula for a “shared future” and “win-win” international relations architecture that the founding fathers and…

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The recent establishment by the European Commission of an anti-subsidy investigation against the hugely popular Chinese Electric Vehicles (EVs) will inadvertently backfire on their citizens instead harming the People’s Republic of China. I cannot see how such an unfortunate initiative, intended to be punitive in every aspect and intent, will not boomerang and hurt the European customers hard in their wallets and purses. For starters, the Western government’s democratic principles are fundamentally interwoven into the dictates of the free market economic system as well as capitalist practices. From a standpoint of simplified version socialism, one could interpret the above brand…

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Last week, the Ukraine peace Summit was held in Switzerland where some 90 countries, including South Africa, took part. It was a 7th such summit since the first was held in Copenhagen in 2022. The most consistent feature of the Ukraine Peace Summit has been the deliberate exclusion of Russia at every gathering, wherever hosted. The majority of the participants at the Ukraine Peace Summits are Western countries mostly in the EU and the US-led NATO, who have already clubbed together in a relentless anti-Russia onslaught aimed at isolating Moscow globally. The decisions that are taken at the EU and NATO…

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President Cyril Ramaphosa was spot-on when he said during his inauguration as democratic South Africa’s 5th president: “Today is no ordinary day.” That summed up the totality of the wide-ranging complex themes and sub-themes in the lead-up to his inauguration. It was a ceremony that could have easily eluded him. Having managed a mere 40% in the May 29 elections, President Ramaphosa has been typically humble and respectful of the electorate. Just as he said at the Gallagher Estate in Midrand when he delivered his speech of acceptance of the results – and the entire election process conducted by the IEC…

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