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New 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

October 16, 2018  Africa/Global: Drug Company Profits vs. Public Health
    "Oxfam examined publicly available data on subsidiaries of four of the largest US drug companies and found a striking pattern. In the countries analyzed that have standard corporate tax rates, rich or poor, the corporations’ pretax profits were low. In eight advanced economies, drug company profits averaged 7 percent, while in seven developing countries they averaged 5 percent. Yet globally, these corporations reported annual global profits of up to 30 percent. So where were the high profits? Tax havens. In four countries that charge low or no corporate tax rates, these companies posted skyrocketing 31 percent profit margins." - Oxfam, September 2018

October 1, 2018  Africa/Global: Professionals Enabling Corruption
    "Lifting the veil of corporate secrecy reveals a simple principle: Offshore is actually a set of professional services that specialize in enabling businesses and individuals to effectively retreat from legal, regulatory, and public scrutiny, empowering them vis-a-vis those who have remained 'onshore' without access to such services." - Hudson Institute

September 17, 2018  Uganda: Time for the Youth
    "The struggle we are facing is not limited to Uganda alone, but it's a struggle against oppression across Africa and indeed across the world. So, just like we got support from across Africa and across the world, we call upon Africans, especially young Africans to know that there will never be another time for them to assert their rights other than now." - Bobi Wine

August 27, 2018  Africa: Migration Reports Show Complex Realities
    "In the case of Africa, the very idea that the situation to be faced is a rapidly increasing “migration crisis” driven by a growing number of young men and women desperately trying to enter Europe denies the basic facts [such as that] the vast majority of Africans move within the continent; most Africans move for reasons of work, study and family; and most Africans living abroad are not from the poorest sections of their societies of origin." - UN Economic Commission for Africa, Situation Analysis

August 15, 2018  West Africa/Europe: From Cocoa to Chocolate
    "Cocoa growing communities, particularly in West Africa, are facing poverty, child labour and deforestation that have been made worse by a rapid fall in prices for cocoa. Widely touted efforts in the cocoa industry to improve the lives of farmers, communities and the environment made in the past decade are having little impact. In fact, the modest scope of the proposed solutions does not even come close to addressing the scale of the problem." - Cocoa Barometer, April 2018

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AfricaFocus Archive: by date | by place | by topic

July 30, 2018  
    East Africa: Ethiopia/Eritrea Peace Hopes, Cautions
July 18, 2018  
    Africa/Global: 10 Ways to Misunderstand the Trump Election, and Why They Still Matter
June 20, 2018  
    Congo (Kinshasa): Ebola Response Shows Lessons Learned
June 4, 2018  
    West Africa/Global: Tax Evasion without Borders
May 21, 2018  
    Namibia/Africa: Afrobarometer Insights
May   7, 2018  
    USA/Africa: Achieving 100% Renewable Energy
May   7, 2018  
    USA/Africa: Renewable Energy Advances on Many Fronts
April 23, 2018  
    Ethiopia: Wax, Gold, and "Ethiopianness"
April 9, 2018  
    Africa: Storybooks in African Languages
March 26, 2018  
    Zimbabwe: Women Continue Protest at Hwange Coal
March 12, 2018  
    Africa/Global: Charting Where They Hide the Money, 2
March 12, 2018  
    Africa/Global: Charting Where They Hide the Money, 1
February 26, 2018  
    Nigeria/Global: Promising Potential for Solar Mini-Grids
February 12, 2018  
    Sudan: Perilous Crossroads on Refugee Map
January 29, 2018  
    Africa/Global: Humanitarian Attention Deficits
January 15, 2018  
    South Africa/USA: Inequality is Extreme and Still Rising
January 15, 2018  
    Africa/Global: World Trends in Inequality
December 18, 2017  
    Cameroon: Speech, Rights, and Aging Autocracy
December 11, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Paradise Papers, Plus
November 27, 2017  
    Zimbabwe: After Mugabe, Looking Forward
November 27, 2017  
    Zimbabwe: After Mugabe, Looking Back
November 13, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Counterproductive Counterterrorism

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