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Hussein Solomon Comments on the Risk of Ethnic Conflict in Southern Africa

Against All OddsHussein Solomon, editor of Against All Odds, has published a post on the Southern African Peace and Security blog about the role that ethnic identity plays in conflict in the SADC region.

In the article, Solomon argues that the ethnic factor has often been downplayed in accounts of conflict in Southern Africa. He suggests that proactive steps should be taken to prevent latent frustrations developing into violence.

The world is witnessing a resurgence of a cult of origins with an emphasis on virulent ethnic and religious identities. The thorny issue of independence for ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine and the killings of Muslims and Christians in the Central African Republic illustrate the problem well.

In Southern Africa, too, the ethnic factor has historically played a significant, though often ignored, role in the conflict dynamics of the region.

Book details

  • Against All Odds: Opposition Political Parties in Southern Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe edited by Hussein Solomon
    EAN: 9780620476003
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Hussein Solomon: “South Africa is Leading the Continent Backwards”

Against All Odds“Nineteen years on and prospects for democratic consolidation in South Africa has never looked more bleak”, says Hussein Solomon in a column for News24 Voices.

Solomon, author of Against All Odds, mentions the ANC’s efforts to obtain more control, both internally and externally, as well as commenting on the Protection of Information Bill, which he says is “taking place at a time when the gulf between government and civil society has never been wider.”

He also looks at the government’s involvement in other African countries, saying that, “Far from serving as a beacon for hope, South Africa is leading the continent backwards”.

In April 1994, I joined millions of other South Africans to cast my ballot for the very first time in the country’s first democratic elections following the end of apartheid. The fervent hope of all South Africans that day was to not only turn our backs on our repressive and divisive past but to also provide a beacon of hope for the rest of the continent’s struggling democracies.

This was not to be realized.

Book details

  • Against All Odds: Opposition Political Parties in Southern Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe edited by Hussein Solomon
    EAN: 9780620476003
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Hussein Solomon Comments on Mamphela Ramphele’s Political Party Platform Agang SA

Against All OddsHussein Solomon, editor of Against All Odds, has written about the formation of Mamphela Ramphele’s political party platform, Agang South Africa, in an article for Southern African Peace and Security.

Solomon says that although Ramphele is an ideal candidate on a personal level, political parties built on personalities do not have a good track record and he doubts that the party will be able to gain enough support before the 2014 elections.

The launch of Mamphele Ramphele’s political party Agang – Sesotho for “Let us Build” – reflects once again the dissatisfaction that ever larger numbers of South Africans feel about the ruling ANC, 19 years after the ending of apartheid.

Let us be clear though: at present Agang does not really challenge the ANC but would most likely take votes from the opposition DA. Whilst the ANC’s political support may be dwindling it still retains an almost two-thirds majority in parliament and still boasts an enviable political machine. Moreover the ruling party still retains the decisive advantage of incumbency and with it the power to dole out patronage with which to buy key voting blocs.

Book details

  • Against All Odds: Opposition Political Parties in Southern Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe edited by Hussein Solomon
    EAN: 9780620476003
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Hussein Solomon Discusses the Failure of Counter-Terrorism Efforts in Mali and Nigeria

Against All OddsHussein Solomon, editor of Against All Odds, has written a paper titled “The Failure of Counter-Terrorism Initiatives in Africa” that was published in the Centre for Research on Islamic and Malay Affairs Occasional Papers journal (Volume 1, Number 6). The paper was published on the Muslims in Africa website.

Solomon writes about the opportunism of the Tuaregs in Mali and Boko Haram in Nigeria, and about how the counter-terrorism initiatives in these two countries have failed:

Al Qaeda’s Opportunism

Al Qaeda and its local franchises are conservatively estimated to be operating in 60 countries around the world – having the dubious distinction of being the most widely dispersed non-state terrorist network in history[1]. This raises the interesting question of why Muslims on the African continent would find such a cruel movement attractive – from banning television and music to the stoning to death of adulterers to the amputation of limbs of thieves. I believe that the answer to this question might well lay in the fact that Al Qaeda’s local affiliates piggy-back on very real grievances – exploiting these whilst at the same time reframing it in an Islamist framework. Two recent cases illustrate the point well – Mali and Nigeria.

Book details

  • Against All Odds: Opposition Political Parties in Southern Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe edited by Hussein Solomon
    EAN: 9780620476003
    Find this book with BOOK Finder!

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