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March 21, 2017  Africa/Global: Scaling Up Solar
    Even in the United States, where action on climate change is under threat from aggressive assault by climate deniers in the Trump administration and Congress, renewable energy is projected to continue to advance rapidly, on the basis of its still growing cost advantages over fossil fuels. According to a report just released by GTM research, the US total solar market, already supplying the largest share of new power production, is poised to triple over the next five years. The prospect for renewable energy to power increased access to electricity in Africa is also dramatic, according to a new report from the Africa Progress Panel.

March 14, 2017  Africa/Global: Invisible Crises, Failing Safety Nets
    "Famine 'largest humanitarian crisis in history of UN': UN humanitarian chief says 20 million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria face starvation and famine," says the headline in Al Jazeera, echoed in the BBC and other international media, but easily ignored without the high-intensity spotlight that occasionally targets disasters with greater geostrategic centrality. In the United States, while headlines rightly focus on the 24 million who would lose health care under the Republican Trumpcare plan, no one has yet calculated the toll from a proposed 50% cut in the U.S. budget for support of the UN.

March 6, 2017  South Africa: Targeting Immigrants, Again
    "In the post-apartheid South Africa, resurgence of xenophobic violence is a symptom of the deep leadership deficit. For the fourth consecutive week now, South Africa is witnessing what many analysts call a "resurgence" of xenophobic violence in parts of Johannesburg and Pretoria, the country's capital city. The reality is that this type of violence is a daily occurrence in the country, although it does not always get media attention. It has, in fact, become a longstanding feature in post-apartheid South Africa." - Jean Pierre Misago, African Centre for Migration and Society, Johannesburg

February 28, 2017  Africa/Global: Open Data for Tax Justice
    "Multinational companies typically publish global, consolidated accounts - and international accounting standards now allow these to roll into one all financial information on the substance of their economic activities, or at best to provide regional figures. This means that country-level information on profits, revenues, taxes, borrowings and employees, for example, are not provided. ... As the name suggests, the longstanding proposal for country-by-country reporting (CBCR) would make multinational companies break down and publish their results for each country. This is essential for citizens to know what companies and their affiliates are doing where they live, and what contributions they are making." - Open Data for Tax Justice announcement

February 20, 2017  Africa/Global: Agribusiness Giants on Merger Path
    "If the Bayer-Monsanto merger is approved, the new merged company will control almost 30% of the global commercial seed market and 25% of the agrochemical market - making it the world's largest supplier of seeds and chemicals. In South Africa, it would control about 30% of both markets. Already today, Monsanto is one of two companies in South Africa that employs 80% of the private sector breeders in maize and 100% of the breeders in soybean and sunflower breeders. " - African Centre for Biodiversity

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February 12, 2017  
    Congo (Kinshasa): Tshisekedi Place Hard to Fill
February 7, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Transparency Setback, African Agendas
January 30, 2017  
    Kenya: State of the Internet
January 23, 2017  
    South Africa: State Capture & Energy Policy
January 16, 2017  
    Africa: Electoral Landscapes
December 6, 2016  
    Gambia: Sudden Hope in a Small Country
November 28, 2016  
    Africa/Global: Overcoming the Shadow Economy
November 17, 2016  
    Somalia: Rising Threats to Dadaab Refugees
November 10, 2016  
    Africa/Global: Climate Threat, Action Tracks
October 26, 2016  
    Congo (Kinshasa): "No Elections" Reports
October 18, 2016  
    Ghana: New Debt Trap
October 11, 2016  
    USA/Africa: The State of Black Immigrants
October 4, 2016  
    West Africa/Europe: Toxic Fuels for African Markets
September 21, 2016  
    USA/Africa: From #BlackLivesMatter to #StopTheBleeding Africa
September 14, 2016  
    Gabon: High Demand for Democracy, Short Supply
September 7, 2016  
    South Africa: From #FeesMustFall to Budget Battles
September 7, 2016  
    South Africa: Post "Post-Apartheid"?
July 26, 2016  
    Africa/Global: Not Yet "End of AIDS"
July 15, 2016  
    Zimbabwe: #WageTheft
July 15, 2016  
    Zimbabwe: #ThisFlag
July 6, 2016  
    Cuba/Sierra Leone: Reclaiming Slave-Trade History
June 30, 2016  
    Africa/Global: Air Pollution Threats & Solutions

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