Global Issues

Image via UN Photo Flickr. At the very moment that Africa’s GDP ceased its rapid 2002–11 increase, a profound myth took hold in elite economic and political circles, embodied in the slogan “Africa Rising.” That myth persists. Deutsche Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann claimed in June 2017 at a Berlin conference, “Africa stands ready [...]
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 12:00:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
I was born during the state of emergency in South Africa in the 1980s and witnessed our country’s difficult birth into relative democracy in the 1990s. My time abroad has shown me that structural injustice is a global phenomenon. I’ve always wanted to use my work to show people that [...]
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 6:00:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Image via UN Photo Flickr. The latest installment of the Republic of Togo’s on-again off-again political crisis appears to have a little more heft than usual. Over the past several weeks, tensions have escalated between the government and a coalition of opposition parties and activists. Large-scale rallies, marches and gatherings have sprung up in a number of cities [...]
Wed, Sep 13, 2017 1:00:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
“If you are unhappy with the election results, take your grievances to court,” Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta chastised Raila Odinga, his main challenger in the August 8 presidential elections and the National Super Alliance political coalition (NASA)’s flag bearer. Kenyatta had won, so it seemed, by a significant margin of ten percent [...]
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 1:00:00 PM, Continue reading at the source

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