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Recent Commentaries by AfricaFocus Editor (New in 2019)

July 15, 2019  Africa/Global: New Horizon for Off-Grid Solar
    With their most dramatic success in Kenya and other East African countries, off-grid solar home systems are expanding rapidly, reaching more consumers and extending beyond basic lighting and mobile-phone charging, now even offering bundles with solar-powered flat-screen televisions. Costs continue to drop precipitously, and, according to Beyond Fire, a new report released at the end of May, the next new horizon may be in the kitchen, with solar-energy-powered cooking.

July 2, 2019  Kenya/Global: Big Victory for #SaveLamu/#deCOALonize
    “On Wednesday 26th June, Kenya’s National Environment Tribunal (NET) made a landmark ruling that set aside the license granted to Amu Power Company Ltd by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) to construct a 1050MW coal plant in Lamu. The tribunal noted that … there was no evidence that Amu Power properly informed residents of Lamu of the impacts that the coal plant project would have on their environment, livelihood or health.” - #deCOALonize press release, June 29, 2019

June 19, 2019  AfricaFocus Updates: Sudan, Ebola, Mozambique
    AfricaFocus Bulletin normally contains material on one topic only, as in bulletins earlier this year on Mozambique in January and March, Sudan in March , and Ebola in April. Each provides substantive excepts from current material as well as links for ongoing coverage.

May 27, 2019  Africa/Global: World Bank Ramps Up Attack on Small Farmers
    “Enabling the Business of Agriculture,” promoted by the World Bank, and now enhanced with a new sub-indicator on land policy, is presented as a way to advance agricultural development, particularly in Africa. In reality, notes a new report from the Oakland Institute, it gives an additional push to a “land rush” by mostly foreign corporate interests. This trend, notes Harvard land tenure scholar Pauline Peters, “marks the most radical shift in the distribution and tenure status of land since colonial times.”

May 13, 2019  Africa/Global: Cutting the Costs on Remittances
    “Some people use their savings to start a business, while others turn to family and friends to borrow cash. But Ismail Ahmed’s case was more unusual. He launched WorldRemit, a money transfer business, with compensation cash he received after uncovering alleged corruption at the UN. … Ahmed had waited four years since he’d submitted the dossier alleging corruption to the UN. But the wait proved worthwhile when in February 2010 he received £200,000 in compensation for the way he had been treated after making allegations, the money he used to fund the launch of WorldRemit.” - Guardian, January 20, 2017

Essay series on U.S. elections, by AfricaFocus Editor William Minter

July 18, 2018 - 10 Ways to Misunderstand the Trump Election
July 18, 2018 - The Electoral College: How the System is Rigged and How to Change It
July 30, 2018 - Why Voter Suppression Matters More Than You Think
August 15, 2018 - Russia in the Trump Election: Putting "Collusion" in Context

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AfricaFocus Archive: by date | by place | by topic

April 30, 2019  
    Africa/Global: Fighting Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance
April 15, 2019  
    Africa/Global: Ebola Resurgence Tests Global Response
April 9, 2019  
    South Africa: Politicians Scapegoating Immigrants
April 9, 2019  
    Africa: Migration within the Continent
March 22, 2019  
    Southern Africa/Global: Cyclone Idai and Climate Justice
March 11, 2019  
    Sudan: Just Fall, That is All!
February 26, 2019  
    USA/Africa: From Wakanda to Reparations, Part 2
February 26, 2019  
    USA/Africa: From Wakanda to Reparations, Part 1
February 11, 2019  
    Nigeria: Many Candidates, Few Alternatives
January 30, 2019  
    USA/Africa: Paradigms of Foreign Intervention
January 30, 2019  
    USA/Africa: China, Bolton, and Jimmy Carter
January 22, 2019  
    Zimbabwe: Repression & Dreams Deferred, Again
January 8, 2019  
    Mozambique/Global: Who Pays for Transnational Corruption?
December 10, 2018  
    Africa/Global: Green New Deal Could Be Game-Changer
November 12, 2018  
    Africa: Africa Mining Vision
November 12, 2018  
    Africa: Why Mining is Hard to Tax
October 16, 2018  
    Africa/Global: Drug Company Profits vs. Public Health
October 1, 2018  
    Africa/Global: Professionals Enabling Corruption
September 17, 2018  
    Uganda: Time for the Youth
August 27, 2018  
    Africa: Migration Reports Show Complex Realities
August 15, 2018  
    West Africa/Europe: From Cocoa to Chocolate
July 30, 2018  
    East Africa: Ethiopia/Eritrea Peace Hopes, Cautions

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