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January 15, 2018  South Africa/USA: Inequality is Extreme and Still Rising
    "I came here because of my deep interest and affection for a land settled by the Dutch in the mid-seventeenth century, then taken over by the British, and at last independent; a land in which the native inhabitants were at first subdued, but relations with whom remain a problem to this day; a land which defined itself on a hostile frontier; a land which has tamed rich natural resources through the energetic application of modern technology; a land which once imported slaves, and now must struggle to wipe out the last traces of that former bondage. I refer, of course, to the United States of America." - Robert F. Kennedy, University of Cape Town, June 6, 1966

January 15, 2018  Africa/Global: World Trends in Inequality
    "The divergence in inequality levels has been particularly extreme between Western Europe and the United States, which had similar levels of inequality in 1980 but today are in radically different situations. While the top 1% income share was close to 10% in both regions in 1980, it rose only slightly to 12% in 2016 in Western Europe while it shot up to 20% in the United States. Meanwhile, in the United States, the bottom 50% income share decreased from more than 20% in 1980 to 13% in 2016." - World Inequality Report, 2018

December 18, 2017  Cameroon: Speech, Rights, and Aging Autocracy
    Cameroonian-American writer Patrice Nganang, an acclaimed novelist who writes in French and teaches at the State University of New York, Stonybrook, remains in prison in Cameroon after his detention at the airport on December 6. His friends and colleagues around the world have mobilized protests, which has evoked international attention and pressure. But the aging autocracy of Cameroon President Paul Biya is pressing charges against him, and is even more resistant to addressing the issues of discrimination he highlighted in an article just a day before his arrest.

December 11, 2017  Africa/Global: Paradise Papers, Plus
    The Paradise Papers investigation, based on a leak of 6.8 million documents from the offshore law firm Appleby, is the largest of recent revelations of the hidden world of financial manipulation used by both multinational corporations and rich (high net worth) individuals from around the world. Like the Panama Papers investigation that won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, it is based both on "big data" analysis and on collaborative investigative reporting by teams of hundreds of journalists. But it is based on the records of only one offshore law firm, albeit one of the most prominent. Despite the size of the leak, it still reveals only the tip of the iceberg.

November 27, 2017  Zimbabwe: After Mugabe, Looking Forward
    "While Zimbabweans understandably embraced military intervention because it led to the ouster of Mugabe and prevented his wife Grace from succeeding him, they must also embrace the fact that it comes with further, less palatable consequences. The episode demonstrated once again that the military is a critical arm of the state which has become the kingmaker in Zimbabwean politics." - Alex T. Magaisa

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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?
July 24, 2017  
    Kenya: Pre-election Commentaries, 2
July 24, 2017  
    Kenya: Pre-election Commentaries, 1
July 17, 2017  
    Congo (Kinshasa): Inga Dam Mirage Recedes, Again
July 10, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Following the Money
June 19, 2017  
    Africa/Europe: Mediterranean Trajectories
June 6, 2017  
    South Africa: #Guptaleaks - Will Heads Roll?
May 30, 2017  
    USA/Africa: "Pro-Death" Health Agendas Advance
May 24, 2017  
    Nigeria: Corruption Undercuts Boko Haram Fight
May 17, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Whose Energy?
May   8, 2017  
    Africa: World Bank Financing Land Grabs
April 25, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Media Repression 2.0

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