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November 30, 2020  USA/Africa: Build Back Better on Africa Policy
    “President Trump's overt contempt for Africans is encapsulated in his famously crass remark about African countries. But the principal damage to Africa has stemmed from his administration’s broader policy choices, such as the disastrous rejection of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Paris climate accords; harsh curbs on legal immigration and asylum; and gutting of gender equality programs. … Nevertheless, the Biden administration should not merely go back to the pre-Trump status quo. … We argue that an even more fundamental questioning of U.S. Africa-related policy is needed.” - Imani Countess and William Minter

November 30, 2020  USA/Global: On Climate, How Much Will Be New?
    “One of the most powerful pieces of climate change legislation the Biden administration will need has already been passed: the Dodd- Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. This legislation, known for creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other public safeguards against financial wrongdoing, also empowers key agencies including the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve and the Securities and Exchange Commission to limit systemic risks to financial stability.” - Justin Guay, Sunrise Project

November 18, 2020  Ethiopia: Not Too Late to Step Back from War?
    “We, the undersigned citizens of countries of the Horn of Africa, condemn in the strongest possible terms the outbreak and escalation of open warfare in Ethiopia. We are saddened by the attendant losses of life, property, infrastructure and opportunities. We deplore in equally strong terms further stoking of the conflict. … This conflict will not have winners; the only winners in war are those who are wise and courageous enough to avoid it.”

October 23, 2020  Nigeria: A New Generation Steps Up
    “The protest is for our lives, it’s for our future. We want SARS to end but SARS is just the beginning. They should just wait for us. We’re not quiet anymore.” [This response appears] typical of the critical mass of protesters who are around 18-22 years old, are particularly fearless, and are protesting for the first time. - Ayodeji Rotinwa, Deputy Editor of African Arguments

October 13, 2020  Africa/Global: The Future's Not in Plastics
    “The petrochemical industry is already facing record-low plastic feedstock prices as a result of massive overcapacity. And yet, it plans to expand supply for virgin plastics use by a quarter at a cost of at least $400 billion in the next 5 years, risking huge losses for investors. The plastics industry is a bloated behemoth, ripe for disruption. … Meanwhile, 36% of plastic is used only once, 40% ends up polluting the environment and less than 10% is actually recycled.” - Carbon Tracker Initiative

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September 28, 2020  
    USA/Global: Millions Displaced by US Post-9/11 Wars
September 23, 2020  
    USA/Global: Overhauling U.S. Foreign Policy
September 14, 2020  
    India/Africa: Common Threads of Kanga and Vitenge
August 24, 2020  
    USA/Global: Divest from Violent Policing and Endless Wars, Part Two
August 24, 2020  
    USA/Global: Divest from Violent Policing and Endless Wars, Part One
August 3, 2020  
    Africa/Global: Preventing the Next Pandemic
July 20, 2020  
    South Africa: Covid-19 Response Failing; How to Do Better
July 6, 2020  
    Africa/Global: Not Pessimism or Optimism but Possibilism
June 22, 2020  
    Africa/Global: Fossil Fuel Viability to Decline Sharply
June 8, 2020  
    USA/Global: Racial Pandemic and Viral Pandemic
June 8, 2020  
    Africa/Global: Thinking Post-Covid-19
May 25, 2020  
    Africa: Remote Learning with African Storybooks
May 12, 2020  
    USA/Global: Contesting Health and Workers' Rights
April 27, 2020  
    Africa/Global: Pandemic Mobilization amid High Vulnerability
April 13, 2020  
    Mozambique: Cumulative Shocks, Local and Global
April 2, 2020  
    Africa: Covid-19, New Africa-Specific Links
March 26, 2020  
    Africa/Global: Coronavirus Reflections and Updates
March 16, 2020  
    Africa/Global: Coronavirus Updates
March 9, 2020  
    USA/Africa: Transnational Lives in Kentucky
February 24, 2020  
    USA/Global: National and Global Inequalities Are Intertwined
February 10, 2020  
    Malawi: Historic Victory for Rule of Law
January 27, 2020  
    USA/Global: Green New Deal Can and Must Be Global

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