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October 9, 2017  Africa/Global: Tobacco Industry Targets Africa Markets
    "British American Tobacco (BAT) and other multinational tobacco firms have threatened governments in at least eight countries in Africa demanding they axe or dilute the kind of protections that have saved millions of lives in the west, a Guardian investigation has found. ... The giant tobacco firms hope to boost their markets in Africa, which has a fast-growing young and increasingly prosperous population." - The Guardian

September 25, 2017  Africa/Global: How Women Lose from Tax Injustice
    A new report from the Association for Women in Development (AWID), authored by Dr. Attiya Waris in Nairobi, makes a powerful case that women lose disproportionately from illicit financial flows, which reduce the tax base and deprive states of the resources to invest in critical public goods, and that addressing this issue is key to efforts to combat gender inequality. The point should not be surprising, but too often the impact of tax evasion and tax avoidance is cloaked in jargon that makes it less visible than cases such as overt discrimination against women in employment and wages. In contrast, this report stands out for its clarity. AfricaFocus strongly recommends the full version, which is available on-line at http://tinyurl.com/ych3zce3

August 29, 2017  Sierra Leone: Hard Lessons from Disaster
    "The calamity that struck Sierra Leone on Aug. 14, when Sugarloaf, the conical mountain overlooking the capital, Freetown, collapsed in a mudslide that swept away buildings and killed at least 400 people, was shocking but not entirely surprisingly. It is important to be blunt: The tragedy was entirely man-made." - Lansana Gberie

August 23, 2017  USA/Africa: No Policy? Bad Policy? Or Both?
    "Africa is terra incognita for the Trump Administration: a continent it cares little--and understands even less--about. With no dyed-in-the-wool Trumpian Africa hands available, the administration appears ready to cede Africa policy making to career civil servants and a few mainstream Republican appointees." - Matthew T. Page

August 8, 2017  Africa: Bridge to Education, or to Nowhere?
    "When Liberia's Minister of Education, George Werner, announced last spring that he was inviting foreign education companies and non-profits to run our public schools, our country came under the international spotlight, both in Western media and for education activists. ... Quickly, Liberia was turned into a battlefield between those who see for-profit 'charter' schools as the solution to the problems that plague public education across the world, and those of us who point to underinvestment and poor management as the true culprits." - Mary Mulbah, president, National Teachers' Association of Liberia

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July 31, 2017  
    Africa: Visa Openness on the Agenda?
July 24, 2017  
    Kenya: Pre-election Commentaries, 2
July 24, 2017  
    Kenya: Pre-election Commentaries, 1
July 17, 2017  
    Congo (Kinshasa): Inga Dam Mirage Recedes, Again
July 10, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Following the Money
June 19, 2017  
    Africa/Europe: Mediterranean Trajectories
June 6, 2017  
    South Africa: #Guptaleaks - Will Heads Roll?
May 30, 2017  
    USA/Africa: "Pro-Death" Health Agendas Advance
May 24, 2017  
    Nigeria: Corruption Undercuts Boko Haram Fight
May 17, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Whose Energy?
May   8, 2017  
    Africa: World Bank Financing Land Grabs
April 25, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Media Repression 2.0
April 25, 2017  
    Zambia: From Democracy to Dictatorship?
April 17, 2017  
    Africa/Global: New Reports Show Massive Tax Losses
April 10, 2017  
    Africa: African Feminism Past and Present
April 3, 2017  
    South Africa: Rising Outcry for Zuma to Go
March 28, 2017  
    Liberia: Mining, Displacement, and the World Bank
March 21, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Scaling Up Solar
March 14, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Invisible Crises, Failing Safety Nets
March 6, 2017  
    South Africa: Targeting Immigrants, Again
February 28, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Open Data for Tax Justice
February 20, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Agribusiness Giants on Merger Path

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