The World

SACSIS seeks to examine global issues, particularly as they relate to South Africa.

Racism Down Under: Reclaiming Whiteness

Picture: Axis of Logic Mandisi Majavu - A 51-year-old white Australian woman, Michelle Veronica Jacobsen, who subjected a black African family to a nasty racist attack and threatened them with a crowbar, has been charged with assault, going armed in public as to cause fear, disorderly conduct and conduct likely to racially harass. Video footage of the woman hurling racist abuse to the black family is available online.  Jacobsen, who appeared in the Perth Magistrate’s Court this week, had her case adjourned to next month....

Support for Palestine In Europe: What's Winnable, What's Not

Picture: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom at the opening of the first Palestinian Embassy in Western Europe  in Stockholm on February 10, 2015, courtesy RT. Jamie Stern-Weiner - How can the Palestine solidarity movement win? What demands should it make in order to achieve the maximum amount of justice within the constraints of what is politically feasible? And how should it frame those demands in order to reach a broad public? These are questions of political judgment rather than science. But sound political judgment will be rooted, so far as possible, in a clear-eyed assessment of current (or incipient) public opinion. A movement that wants to persuade a...

Like Iran, South Africa Resists U.S. Nuclear Oversight

Picture: The Pelindaba Nuclear Research Centre, where South Africa stores nearly a quarter ton of uranium courtesy Douglas Birch/Centre for Public Integrity Russ Wellen - At the Center of Public Integrity on nuclear materials, Douglas Birch has written a two-part series on nuclear security in South Africa. In the first, titled “South Africa rebuffs repeated U.S. demands that it relinquish its nuclear explosives,” co-authored with R. Jeffrey Smith, they write about the quarter ton of highly enriched uranium that South Africa still retains decades after ending its nuclear-weapons program in 1989. U.S. officials fear that it could be stolen and...

Breakthrough? Swedish Prosecutors Drop Refusal to Interview Assange in UK

Picture: Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy courtesy Xavier Granja Cedeno, Ecuador Jon Queally - Both a lawyer and spokesperson for WikiLeaks expressed relief on Friday that Swedish prosecutors are now willing travel to London to interview founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange, even as they characterized as ridiculous that fact that it took well over four years to accept such an arrangement. Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for more than three years under asylum protection after allegations over sexual misconduct in Sweden sparked a legal battle over...

Chelsea Manning Wins Milestone In Years-Long Fight for Gender Rights

Picture: Chelsea Manning courtesy Wikipedia Sarah Lazare - Famed whistleblower Chelsea Manning just achieved a limited—but important—triumph in her battle for gender affirmation as she serves out her 35-year sentence in Army prison: a court order mandating that the military officially stop referring to her using male pronouns. Manning, who is a transgender woman, has vigorously pressed the military to use correct pronouns and provide gender-affirming medical care, despite the hostility she has faced from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas prison...

International Women's Group Announces Historic March Across Korean Demilitarized Zone

Picture: Wikipedia Andrea Germanos - A group of global women aims to wage peace with a milestone walk across the 2-mile wide Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea, and a call for an end to the state of war that has affected millions for over six decades. The organizers announced the International Peacemakers’ Walk for Peace in Korea on Wednesday during the United Nation's 59th Commission on the Status of Women. Honorary co-chairs of the peace walk are Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Corrigan...