The Meaning of Mandela

By Douglas Foster December 5, 2013 By the time of his death at age 95, South Africans were well prepared to keep his dream alive—that too is part of Nelson Mandela’s great legacy.  Nelson Mandela addresses crowd at a Port Elizabeth rally on April 1, 1990. (Reuters) To fully grasp the meaning of Nelson Mandela’s death, at…

The Arab Spring Three Years On

By Noam Chomsky   November 30, 2013 “Information Clearing House –Three years since the start of the Arab revolutions, the region has witnessed a kaleidoscope of dramatic developments ranging from free elections to the violent suppression of change. How would you describe the Arab Spring today? In the past I’ve described it as a “work in progress.”…

Pulling Egypt from the brink

By Nathalie Tocci As crisis looms in Egypt, the EU and the US find themselves on a policy crossroad.   The EU has few options for its foreign policy towards Egypt [AFP] While clashes and violence are by no means over, today’s Egypt seems eerily headed towards normalisation. The regime is determined to signal its credibility…