An Arab Springtime? | by Samir Amin

The year 2011 began with a series of shattering, wrathful explosions from the Arab peoples. Is this springtime the inception of a second “awakening of the Arab world?” Or will these revolts bog down and finally prove abortive—as was the case with the first episode of...
Egypt’s Intense Election Eve | by Nate Wright

Egypt’s Intense Election Eve | by Nate Wright

Residents of Cairo’s Darb al-Ahmar neighborhood have gathered at a streetside café on a late October Friday night to get their first glimpse of a political party founded by revolutionary activists. Men play backgammon and sip from their glasses of tea as members of...

The ballot box and a youth wage subsidy

The battle for the electoral support of the millions of unemployed, unskilled and mostly ill-educated youth — perhaps the most crucial voting bloc for the 2014 elections — is now in the open. It came with the decision by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to march on Cosatu...