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January 21, 2014  South Africa: Renewables Rising, Coal Still King
    "South Africa [is] the world's sixth-largest coal exporter, seventh-largest coal producer, and thirteenth-largest CO2 emitter, with per-capita emissions twice the global average. Ninety-four percent of the country's electricity comes from coal ... The country's abundant solar and wind resources offer a promising renewable energy alternative. But entrenched political interests connected to the ruling party are fighting to expand coal's role in the national economy." - Adam Welz, "The Future of Coal"

August 5, 2013  South Africa: The Marikana Syndrome
    "What took place on August 16th could just as conceivably have occurred with similar violence at just about any mine in South Africa - because of workforce similarities, common historical residues inherited from apartheid and preserved so exactly in the world of mineral extraction, similarities of geological conditions, the nature of industrial relations nationwide, the appalling state of safety in South Africa's "hard rock" mines or, perhaps most importantly of all, because the local mining industry has, albeit to differing degrees, experienced common discomfort in coming to terms with the transformative demands being made upon it by a new regime in the twenty years since apartheid. Perceived on this landscape the Marikana massacre is but a symbol or outcome of wider developments." - Philip Frankel

Sep 6, 2012  South Africa: The Price of Platinum
    "The recent study of the Bench Marks Foundation has predicted the problems now seen at Marikana. If all the mining houses had addressed the underlying causes of unrest and provided both workers and local communities with the opportunity to live a decent life, the killings could have been avoided." - Reverend Jo Seoka

Sep   6, 2012  South Africa: The Marikana Era?
Apr   4, 2012  Africa: BRICS Stepping Up on Global Health
Jul   5, 2011  South Africa: Taking Leadership in AIDS Fight
Oct   7, 2010  South Africa: Post-Apartheid Poverty & Inequality
Oct   3, 2010  South Africa: Media Matters
Aug   6, 2010  South Africa: Xenophobia & Civil Society
May 31, 2010  South Africa: Israel/Apartheid Connections
Mar 23, 2010  South Africa: Coal-Fired Denialism
Dec 15, 2009  South Africa: 30+ New Books
May 14, 2009  Africa: New Books 2009
May 20, 2008  South Africa: Migrants under Attack
Apr 28, 2008  South Africa: Women, AIDS, and Violence, 2
Apr 28, 2008  South Africa: Women, AIDS, and Violence, 1
Nov 25, 2007  South Africa: & India & Brazil
Oct 30, 2007  South Africa: RIP Lucky Dube
Aug 14, 2007  South Africa: AIDS Action Relapse
Dec 22, 2006  South Africa: Water for All?
Feb 16, 2006  South Africa: New AIDS Statistics
Jun 11, 2005  South Africa: AIDS Treatment Update
Feb 22, 2005  South Africa: Mortality Statistics, AIDS Action
Nov 29, 2004  South Africa: Poverty Debate
Aug   19 2004  South Africa: Apartheid Reparations Update
Aug   9, 2004  South Africa: AIDS Treatment Update
Nov 23, 2003  South Africa: AIDS Treatment Green Light

Recent Bulletins on Continent-Wide Issues

April 24, 2014  Africa: The High Cost of Remittances
March 31, 2014  Africa: Accountability for User Fee Damage?
February 26, 2014  Africa: Tracking Toxic Pollution
February 8, 2014  Africa: New Development Goals
January 27, 2014  Africa: Challenging Homophobia
November 18, 2013  Africa: Time to Pay for Climate "Loss and Damage"

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Africa Policy E-Journal (1995-2003)

2003-08-08 South Africa: AIDS Treatment Breakthrough
2003-05-09 South Africa: AIDS Denialism Speech
2003-04-15 South Africa: Treatment Action Update
2003-03-24 South Africa: AIDS Treatment Action
2003-02-24 South Africa: Apartheid Reparations Update
2002-11-12 South Africa: Apartheid Debt & Reparations, 2
2002-11-12 South Africa: Apartheid Debt & Reparations, 1
2001-11-06 South Africa: Tutu on War and Poverty
2001-10-16 South Africa: AIDS Mortality Report
2001-06-19 South Africa: World Bank Bond Boycott
2001-04-03 South Africa: Sexual Violence in Schools
1999-12-12 South Africa: Arms Purchases
1999-08-22 South Africa: Gender Inequality
1998-11-05 South Africa: Higher Education
1998-10-20 South Africa: Poverty Hearings
1998-09-15 South Africa: Gender Statistics
1997-08-13 South Africa: Women and Violence
1996-11-17 South Africa: Ban Landmines Campaign
1996-08-23 South Africa: TRC and Gender
1996-06-13 South Africa: APIC on USAID
1996-05-10 South Africa: Truth Commission
1996-05-07 South Africa: Labor Statement (Excerpts,2)false
1996-05-07 South Africa: Labor Statement (Excerpts,1)false
1995-11-24 South Africa: Violence against Women
1995-01-18 South Africa: Indemnities by Former Regime

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