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Patrick Bond

Divestment will shake up climate policy paralysis

The window to halt runaway climate change is closing fast this decade, with world-wide emissions cuts of 50% needed by 2020, and 90% by 2050.

Climate change: The secrets of our collusion

The environment minister has cut funds to monitor climate change and contraventions, showing her tendency to collaborate with corporate power.

The Brics give in to Western junkies’ fix

The alliance is in a co-dependent relationship with most malevolent forces of global finance.

Soapbox: Gigaba’s pleasing infrastructure promises are soon to be broken in Durban

The minister says the ANC is preparing for a new economic transformation after the poll. But at least one project shows how it could all go very wrong

Ramaphosa epitomises corporate-state collusion

Is a sober look at Cyril Ramaphosa, presumed successor to President Jacob Zuma, finally possible a month after Mangaung?

Mbekism sophistrified

Is Ronald Suresh Roberts' <i>Fit to Govern</i> fit to defend Thabo Mbeki from (mainly) "illiberal" critics of different hues? Roberts has positioned himself as a radical nationalist, and unfortunately most critiques of his book to date presume he genuinely speaks from the left, writes Patrick Bond.

Whose Zimbabwe economy?

For the country's first post-Mugabe government, perhaps as early as next March if elite deal-making unfolds as promised, job number two, after restoring a semblance of democracy, is economic. Given the meltdown of Robert Mugabe's version of crony-statist-capitalism, the new model chosen will reverberate across the world.

A questioning mind rests

The development economist Guy Mhone, a Wits professor of public and development management, passed away at a Pretoria hospital on Tuesday, at the age of 62. Born in Luanshya, Zambia, and raised along the border with Malawi (the country of his citizenship), Mhone resisted colonial Central African Federation repression and then the brutality of the Banda era.

Putting a price on fresh air

The case of global warming is instructive, particularly in the wake of Pretoria's October 2004 climate-change policy, which promotes World Bank-designed "carbon trading". This approach endorses the idea of the right to pollute as a property right granted free to big business, which can then trade in pollution rather than reducing industrialised country emissions.

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