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July 27, 2021  USA/Global: Let Cuba Live!
    The Biden administration has now been in office for six months, along with a narrow Democratic majority in Congress. So it seems an appropriate time for a report card. I offered my evaluation in another AfricaFocus Bulletin sent out today, entitled “Building Back Better? Or Not?” But as I was finalizing that Bulletin, I realized that the rising U.S. attacks on Cuba are a key indicator of how things are going.

July 27, 2021  USA/Africa: Building Back Better? Or Not?
    Last week marked six months for the Biden administration and for the narrow Democratic majority in Congress. So it seems an appropriate time for a report card on U.S. Africa policy. And that also means a review of U.S. policies on today's most pressing global issues, on which the negative effects fall disproportionately on Africans on the continent and in the diaspora.

June 14, 2021  USA/Global: Bad Days for Big Oil (except in the GOP)
    “Fossil fuel companies are having a big reckoning with climate change this week. Shareholders for Exxon and Chevron voted for measures that could force them to take more responsibility for their emissions, while a Dutch court is forcing Shell to slash its pollution.” - The Verge, May 26, 2021

May 31, 2021  Mozambique/Global: Fossil Fuels, Debt, and Corruption
    “The scandal of Mozambique’s “hidden debts” has already cost the country at least 11 billion US dollars, and has plunged an additional two million people into poverty, according to a detailed study of the costs and consequences of the debt published on Friday by the anti-corruption NGO, the Centre for Public Integrity (CIP), and its Norwegian partner, the Christian Michelsen Institute. The term “hidden debts” refers to illicit loans of over two billion US dollars from the banks Credit Suisse and VTB of Russia in 2013 and 2014 to three fraudulent, security–linked Mozambican companies – Proindicus, Ematum (Mozambique Tuna Company), and MAM (Mozambique Asset Management).” - report by Centre for Public Integrity (Mozambique) and Christian Michelsen Institute (Norway)

May 31, 2021  Mozambique/Global: War, Intervention, and Solidarity
    “No amount of international military assistance will, within two years, create a fighting force that can combat the insurgency. Two other factors complicate external support. Foreign intervention is likely to provoke a response from Islamic State to provide weapons and training to the insurgents. And the fight is already underway between factions in Frelimo over the upcoming 2024 elections. Cabo Delgado politics and economics, the police and military, and the war itself are already caught up in the bitter infighting. Thus the war seems likely to escalate and continue until a new president is in place in 2025.” - Joseph Hanlon

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AfricaFocus Archive: by date | by place | by topic

May 17, 2021  
    Africa/Global: Decolonizing Medical Technology
May   3, 2021  
    Africa/Global: African-Language Literature in Global Scholarship
April 19, 2021  
    Confronting Global Apartheid Demands Global Solidarity
April 6, 2021  
    Africa/Global: People's Vaccine vs. Vaccine Apartheid
March 22, 2021  
    Sahel: Questioning Counterterrorism?
March 8, 2021  
    USA/Global: Taxing the Tech Giants
February 22, 2021  
    Africa/Global: The Inequality Virus
February 8, 2021  
    Ethiopia: No End to War in Devastated Tigray
January 26, 2021  
    Africa/Global: Distant Horizon for Vaccine Equity
December 14, 2020  
    Africa/Global: State of Tax Justice 2020
November 30, 2020  
    USA/Africa: Build Back Better on Africa Policy
November 30, 2020  
    USA/Global: On Climate, How Much Will Be New?
November 18, 2020  
    Ethiopia: Not Too Late to Step Back from War?
October 23, 2020  
    Nigeria: A New Generation Steps Up
October 13, 2020  
    Africa/Global: The Future's Not in Plastics
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

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