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ARTICLE: PRIVATE LIVES AND PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITIES

private I have never, in my entire life, had even a puff of a cigarette. True, I did smoke a cigar 29 years ago when my son was born – but like Bill Clinton I did not inhale. Although I dislike smoking I am fairly tolerant of those who are addicted to tobacco (I have little choice since my wife enjoys the occasional cigarette). Nevertheless, I am happy that people may no longer smoke in planes, restaurants and other public places. I also believe that government should be commended for its vigorous anti-smoking campaign – which has cut smoking by 50% in the past 20 years.

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ARTICLE: THE CHALLENGE OF DEMOCRACY IN DIVIDED SOCIETIES

votingThe deepening turmoil in Egypt provides some sharp lessons on the potential pitfalls of winner­‐takes-‐all democracy in deeply divided societies. Democracy is in essence a convention in terms of which competition for political power is resolved by elections -­ rather than by violence. Participants agree that the party or parties that win the election can form the government and rule the country for a prescribed period until the next election.

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The FW de Klerk Foundation Annual Conference 2024

The FW de Klerk Foundation Annual Conference – hosted in conjunction with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation South Africa.