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March 12, 2018  Africa/Global: Charting Where They Hide the Money, 2
    "Overall, the City of London and [its] offshore satellites constitute by far the most important part of the global offshore world of secrecy jurisdictions. Had we lumped them together, the British network would be at the top of our index, above Switzerland." - Tax Justice Network

March 12, 2018  Africa/Global: Charting Where They Hide the Money, 1
    "Switzerland, the United States and the Cayman Islands are the world’s biggest contributors to financial secrecy, according to the latest edition of the Tax Justice Network’s Financial Secrecy Index (FSI). ... Kenya, which this year set up its own tax haven in the form of the Nairobi International Financial Centre, is an example of how interests of western financial service lobbyists have successfully lured governments into a race to the bottom. Kenya, which has been assessed for the first time in the 2018 FSI, has an extremely high secrecy score of 80/100." - Tax Justice Network

February 26, 2018  Nigeria/Global: Promising Potential for Solar Mini-Grids
    In contrast to fossil fuels, which require transportation of fuel to generation plants to produce electricity, and distribution networks to reach end-users of the power, solar energy is eminently scalable and flexible, from portable lanterns all the way to utility-scale photo-voltaic solar farms. Stand-alone off-grid systems can power a single home or a school, and mini-grids can serve small communities.

February 12, 2018  Sudan: Perilous Crossroads on Refugee Map
    Sudan is one of the central crossroads for African migrant journeys, particularly for refugees from Eritrea and other counties in the Horn of Africa. The international media spotlight falls most often on the deadly crossing of the Mediterranean or slave auctions in the Libyan dessert. But the vulnerability and deadly perils facing those forced to flee by war, repression, or the struggle for economic survival extends to a far wider terrain, of which Sudan is one example.

January 29, 2018  Africa/Global: Humanitarian Attention Deficits
    The international system of response to humanitarian crises is flawed. And the often-repeated call to focus on addressing causes of crises and structural flaws in the system, instead of only providing short-term relief, is undeniably justified. But current trends, paralleling austerity programs and cuts in services at domestic levels in the United States and around the world, are not moving in the direction of fundamental reform. Instead, they are further diminishing the already inadequate resources devoted to saving lives.

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January 15, 2018  
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    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
November 13, 2017  
    USA/Sahel: Questions Asked, Unasked, Half-Answered
October 30, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Recent Books Read & Recommended
October 19, 2017  
    Somalia: Not Only a Somali Tragedy
October 9, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Tobacco Industry Targets Africa Markets
September 25, 2017  
    Africa/Global: How Women Lose from Tax Injustice
August 29, 2017  
    Sierra Leone: Hard Lessons from Disaster
August 23, 2017  
    USA/Africa: No Policy? Bad Policy? Or Both?
August 8, 2017  
    Africa: Bridge to Education, or to Nowhere?
July 31, 2017  
    Africa: Visa Openness on the Agenda?
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    Kenya: Pre-election Commentaries, 2
July 24, 2017  
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July 17, 2017  
    Congo (Kinshasa): Inga Dam Mirage Recedes, Again
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    Africa/Global: Following the Money
June 19, 2017  
    Africa/Europe: Mediterranean Trajectories
June 6, 2017  
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