richard5za wrote:> First of all thank you for your interest.
If I haven't written about South Africa for a while, it hasn't been
for lack of interest, but for lack of time. I really wanted to do
something on the recent election, but it just couldn't make it to the
top of the priority list.
As it is, there are stories on Somalia, North Korea, the Mideast, the
Caucasus, and even the Ferghana Valley (in Central Asia) that are
screaming to be written, but I just can't get to them. Each article
takes me 5-10 hours, including research and writing, and with the
necessity to make a living and to survive, there isn't a lot of time.
Sooooooo, I'm hereby "leaking" the fact that I'm going to try
tweeting. If you go tohttp://twitter.com/gendyn
then you can read my latest tweets. There's a perverse advantage to
twitter for me: Since each tweet is only 142 characters long, I can't
possibly spend more than a couple of minutes writing it.
Anyway, this is an experiment, and if I can keep it up then I'll make
a much broader announcement, and it should allow more frequent
commentary and analysis. If enough people sign up to become
followers, then I'll keep doing it.
Please check this out and let me know what you think. You can either
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richard5za wrote:> However, Zuma was carefully chosen by the majority of the ruling
> party disillusioned with the lack of action during Mbeki's term,
> and I might add has the support of big black business, whereas
> President Obama got elected by making more extravagant promises
> than his rivals to a panicking America. Fear politics works; thats
> how the South African apartheid government had such a hold on
> power for so long.
I really see Obama and Zuma as a lot more similar than you suggest.
Zuma also made extravagant promises related to a South Africa that
was panicked following the widespread violence a year ago.** South Africa will create 'temporary shelters' for migrants, not 'refugee camps'
Both America and South Africa are deep into generational Crisis eras,
and SA's violence problems are just as intractable as America's
financial problems. No politician can resolve either of these
problems, but both Zuma and Obama have made extravagant claims that
richard5za wrote:> The whole world needs America to have a brain, not a voice.
> America's decision making will make things worse or better
> depending upon how good the decisions are. And as you point out,
> he and his administration are not making good decisions at
> present. If you compare this to his pre-election promises one
> surely be forgiven nick-naming his adminstration the "Barmy
The problem is that bad decisions are being made because there are no
good decisions. The decisions would be equally bad if McCain were
President, because there are no good decisions.
richard5za wrote:> And wait for the heat to bite, he is still largely fresh from the
> honeymoon stage.
Even more true of Zuma.