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'The End' For South Africa President Zuma?

South African President Jacob Zuma is facing new accusations of influence peddling, in what may be the most perilous scandal of his political career. On its front page Friday, Cape-Town-based Afrikaans-language daily Die Burger asked if this was "The End?" for the South African leader.

Senior public figures accused the Gupta family of close ties to Zuma, and of exerting undue influence. The Guptas, a family of Indian-born businessman, have been accused of offering cabinet posts to two politicians from Zuma's ANC party. Zola Tsotsi, who resigned a year ago as chairman of state power firm Eskom, told the Mail & Guardian daily that his exit was orchestrated by the Guptas.

Zuma's son sits on the boards of at least six Gupta companies. Gupta family members have denied ever trying to influence political appointments, saying they were the victims of a politically motivated plot.

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A Writer's Advice For How To Read The Words Of Politics

Colombia's reformist president has promised to tackle endemic violence, economic exclusion, pollution and corruption in the country. So what's new with a politician's promises?

Image of Colombian President Gustavo Petro speaking during a press conference in Buenos Aires on Jan 14, 2023

Colombian President Gustavo Petro, speaks during a press conference in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on January 24, 2023.

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Héctor Abad Faciolince

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BOGOTÁ — Don't concentrate on his words, I was once advised, but look at what he's doing. I heard the words so long ago I cannot recall who said them. The point is, what's the use of a husband who vows never to beat his wife in January and leaves her with a bruised face in February?

Words are a strange thing, and in literal terms, we must distrust their meaning. As I never hit anyone, I have never declared that I wouldn't. It never occurred to me to say it. Strangely, there is more power and truth in a simple declaration like "I love her" than in the more emphatic "I love her so much." A verbal addition here just shrinks the "sense" of love.

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