[Debate] (Fwd) In Addis with 'NDZ': tweeting subimperialism and anti-subimperialism
Riaz K Tayob
riaz.tayob at gmail.com
Tue Jan 31 20:52:17 GMT 2012
I can only guess on the dancing, but its somewhere sour grapes and
On the AU, optimistically, I would like a stronger AU that is able to
hide our individual weakness and blame a bureaucratic institution (with
complicated decision making structure) as an expression of collective
strength. The EU is just that, only for neoliberalism, as well the case
may be for AU. But at an AU meeting in Cairo, even the UNCTAD Sec Gen
felt confident enough to lambast the Free Trade Agreements between
Africa and the EU... so there may be something in it at the margins.
Also, perhaps biased because of nationality, but SA is a good place to
host a cosmopolis for Africa. We do have the resources, and it can
hopefully make us more open and tolerant of diversity. Resources are
needed to build institutional strength - other regions manage this, or
are struggling with it, it is just the name of the game (from a
state-centric pov). Collective strength in institutions is needed.
Governance matters and there is a need for a continental viewpoint, but
there are contradictions.... an African FTA that does not include some
agenda for "selective delinking" from the global system on "essentials"
is a difficult ask at the best of times, SADC can't even get it right...
but there is S. African support for a Tobin Tax which is being hijacked
for budget deficits instead of poverty eradication...
And yes SA has done some horrible things, and some rather fine things
too (we can differ on Burma @ the Sec Council for instance, which was
misread IMHO by the left as an ethical issue instead of a jurisdictional
one). The COP also showed up some capacity issues, and power relation
issues too. Is this where energies should be put, i.e. the prestige of
international gatherings, or the Sobukwe-type dream?
Zuma would have been a good candidate for this kind of job. But the
biggest failure is that we still do not know how to play it "nice" (when
did you hear about the only African at the G20 table consulting
seriously on the continent?) in the context where many of these leaders
were given refuge by these African countries.
On 2012/01/31 09:08 PM, Patrick Bond wrote:
> SA's AU dance: Optimistic or inappropriate?
> **VERASHNI PILLAY*
> <http://mg.co.za/author/contact/verashni-pillay>* - Jan 31 2012 15:34
> South African delegates emerged from their failed bid to win the
> African Union chair, dancing. The reason? The opposition had failed too.
> Some say this further seals the country's image as a petty continental
> bully. Read the account and tell us what you think.
> Storified by Verashni Pillay <http://storify.com/verashni>
> 4 hours ago <http://storify.com/verashni/dancing-to-the-wrong-tune>
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