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May 3, 2021  Africa/Global: African-Language Literature in Global Scholarship
    “Broad early modern comparative projects often fail to address Africa at all. A search of the MLAIB [Modern Language Association International Bibliography] finds that the number of pieces published in the last thirty years on the subject of 'globalization' is in the thousands, and yet only 5 per cent of them address Africa or African countries. When it comes to eighteenth-century studies, the exclusion is total: not one of the pieces on globalization addresses Africa or African countries. Not one. … This is more than unfortunate. No arena of study can be successful that has Africa as a lacuna. “ — Wendy Laura Belcher

April 19, 2021  Confronting Global Apartheid Demands Global Solidarity
    "The COVID-19 pandemic has both revealed and deepened structural inequalities around the world. Nearly every country has been hit by economic downturn, but the impacts are unevenly felt. Within and across countries, the people who have suffered most are those already disadvantaged by race, class, gender, or place of birth, reflecting the harsh inequality that has characterized our world for centuries."

April 6, 2021  Africa/Global: People's Vaccine vs. Vaccine Apartheid
    Despite the vast disparity in the pace of vaccinations for Covid-19, currently at over 20% having one dose in North America, 5% in the world, and less in 1% for Africa, the United States, other rich countries, and pharmaceutical companies are still rejecting growing demands to waive patents and transfer technology. See chart below and data by country at https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations.

March 22, 2021  Sahel: Questioning Counterterrorism?
    “In the context of complex and protracted conflicts, it is time to rethink the role of the international community and acknowledge its limits. Today, success depends first and foremost on the willingness (much more than on the capacity) of corrupt leaders to reform and renew their social contract with citizens, especially in rural areas. International efforts will fail as long as impunity prevails and local armies can kill civilians and topple governments without consequence.” - Chatham House Research Paper

March 8, 2021  USA/Global: Taxing the Tech Giants
    “How should we determine the corporate tax a big tech company should pay in each country where they operate? There are many ways that this could be calculated, but most recommendations suggest looking at their sales, their assets and the number of employees they have in each country. In the absence of transparent reporting, collecting such data is not easy, but we can get a useful estimate through looking at a proxy indicator: the number of users they have in each country. For example, in just 20 developing countries there are nearly 1.5 billion internet users accessing Google, about 900 million people using Microsoft on their desktops and over 750 million Facebook users. For these companies, the number of users is a good indicator of both their sales and their assets.” - ActionAid

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February 22, 2021  
    Africa/Global: The Inequality Virus
February 8, 2021  
    Ethiopia: No End to War in Devastated Tigray
January 26, 2021  
    Africa/Global: Distant Horizon for Vaccine Equity
December 14, 2020  
    Africa/Global: State of Tax Justice 2020
November 30, 2020  
    USA/Africa: Build Back Better on Africa Policy
November 30, 2020  
    USA/Global: On Climate, How Much Will Be New?
November 18, 2020  
    Ethiopia: Not Too Late to Step Back from War?
October 23, 2020  
    Nigeria: A New Generation Steps Up
October 13, 2020  
    Africa/Global: The Future's Not in Plastics
September 28, 2020  
    USA/Global: Millions Displaced by US Post-9/11 Wars
September 23, 2020  
    USA/Global: Overhauling U.S. Foreign Policy
September 14, 2020  
    India/Africa: Common Threads of Kanga and Vitenge
August 24, 2020  
    USA/Global: Divest from Violent Policing and Endless Wars, Part Two
August 24, 2020  
    USA/Global: Divest from Violent Policing and Endless Wars, Part One
August 3, 2020  
    Africa/Global: Preventing the Next Pandemic
July 20, 2020  
    South Africa: Covid-19 Response Failing; How to Do Better
July 6, 2020  
    Africa/Global: Not Pessimism or Optimism but Possibilism
June 22, 2020  
    Africa/Global: Fossil Fuel Viability to Decline Sharply
June 8, 2020  
    USA/Global: Racial Pandemic and Viral Pandemic
June 8, 2020  
    Africa/Global: Thinking Post-Covid-19
May 25, 2020  
    Africa: Remote Learning with African Storybooks
May 12, 2020  
    USA/Global: Contesting Health and Workers' Rights

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