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Quelling Africa’s apocalypse

| April 25, 2021 | 0 Comments
Quelling Africa’s apocalypse

The horsemen of the apocalypse are galloping through Africa. There is abundant war, in Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Libya, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria and Somalia. There is pestilence and plague, with locusts swarming across northeastern and eastern Africa and the coronavirus, with its dangerous variants, […]

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The Quad: A new NATO?

| April 25, 2021 | 0 Comments
The Quad: A new NATO?

The “Quad,” short for Quadrilateral Security Dialogue of India, Australia, Japan and the United States, recently held its first major summit to address mutual concerns about Beijing’s behaviour in the Indo-Pacific. The summit’s result could set the stage for a future mutual defence alliance, perhaps akin to NATO. The Quad first met in 2004 to […]

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Five gains COVID has conferred

Five gains COVID has conferred

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Since then, we’ve endured lockdowns, restrictions, fear-mongering and business failures. Approximately 140 million people worldwide have had COVID and more than 3 million have died from it. While it may seem unlikely that anything good could come from the pandemic, there are changes […]

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Food trade: Who’s buying, who’s selling

| April 25, 2021 | 0 Comments
Food trade:  Who’s buying,  who’s selling

As COVID further impacts the problems of malnutrition and hunger worldwide, Diplomat takes a look at what countries export the most agricultural products and what countries import the biggest number. Mid 18th-Century France witnessed the emergence of an eclectic group of economists. They sought to challenge the prevailing mercantilism, favouring high tariffs, subsidies and physical […]

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Canada and the corruption court

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
Canada and the corruption court

2020 was like no other in living memory. No one envisioned starting the decade with a pandemic. Well before the virus washed over us like a poison tsunami, sweeping unpredictability and uncertainty already existed in many aspects of our lives. In addition to responding to COVID-19, I suggest we use this moment to shape our […]

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It’s time for an IACC

It’s time for an IACC

The World Bank estimates that each year between US $20 billion and US $40 billion in development assistance is stolen by corrupt officials. Such grand corruption undermines support in the West for foreign aid, while at the same time defeating its very purpose. Those who steal the money cheat the intended beneficiaries out of the […]

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Canada could host global tribunal

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
Canada could host global tribunal

When global human rights activists and international affairs strategists campaigned for a new international tribunal to help to prevent future Rwandan genocides and other outrages, Canada was in the vanguard of those writing and creating the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). Likewise, when a similar cohort of important parties gathered together […]

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What Biden should do in Africa

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
What Biden should do in Africa

U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Tony Blinken have not yet decided who will be in charge of Africa policy-making, but we already know that the nations of Africa will be respected, befriended and hardly consigned to the lavatory and schoolboy lavatory talk. Biden has travelled to Africa multiple times. Blinken, on Biden’s […]

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The COVID crushers

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
The  COVID crushers

The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV2, COVID-19, has taken lives, disrupted our days, ruined businesses, spread fear and birthed a plethora of conspiracy theories. In that, it is very much like earlier pandemics. A disease becomes a pandemic when it becomes prevalent over a whole country or the world. Pandemics have included smallpox, leprosy, influenza, cholera and […]

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This millennium’s major innovations

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
This millennium’s major innovations

Looking past 2020’s annus horribilis, Wolfgang Depner presents the 21st Century’s Top-10 major innovations and technologies. When 2020 dawned, various media organizations whetted the appetites of their readers with lists of things to come, ranging from major sporting events and the release of new movies and musicals to pending breakthroughs in medicine and transportation. As […]

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