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Malema and the miners in South Africa

September 11th, 2012
06:01 PM ET

Eighteen years after apartheid, the hopes and dreams of the rainbow nation – South Africa – are coming apart at the seams. Mounting anger at the perceived enrichment of a small elite at the expense of the majority – especially the miners who extract South Africa's most precious minerals – has exploded into a violent strike, now in its fifth week.

With the government of Jacob Zuma largely silent on this issue, activists are calling for a national mining strike.

Julius Malema, a former leader of the youth wing of the African National Congress political party, has become the face of the crisis.

Malema was expelled from the ANC for fomenting division within the party. He is now being investigated for corruption charges related to the misuse of party funds while he was in office.

He is a harsh critic of the Zuma government and the unrest has given him a window to step into the leadership void left by Zuma.

Malema is calling for a national strike in all of South Africa's mines, but his critics see him as a rabble rouser and opportunist, using the miners to increase his profile.

In an interview Tuesday, Malema told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, “We have now taken over the leadership of that struggle to make sure the mineral resources of this country benefit the people of this country. Particularly the workers who are working very hard in very risky conditions underground, trying to take out these precious minerals.”  FULL POST

Life for a South African miner

September 11th, 2012
01:03 PM ET

CNN's Nkepile Mabuse reports on how the average South African miner lives and questions a mine owner about low pay.

Nobel-Prize winning psychologist: Obama a "slow thinker"

September 11th, 2012
12:09 PM ET

By Samuel Burke

(CNN) – In the United States, two men with two very different approaches to leadership and decision making are vying to become president.

For decades, Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman has studied thinking processes and the machinery of the mind.

In his latest book, "Thinking, Fast and Slow,” he lays out a school of psychology that groups people in two different modes of thinkers:

System 1: people with minds operate automatically and quickly with little or no effort, and no sense of voluntary control.

System 2: people with minds that allocate attention to the effortful mental activities that demand it; more deliberative.

In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Kahneman said that he is confident that President Obama is a system 2 thinker.  FULL POST