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Recent Commentaries by AfricaFocus Editor (New in 2019)

December 9, 2019  Africa: Continental Unity and Industrialization?
    “If it unfolds appropriately, the AfCFTA (African Continental Free Trade Area) could facilitate the emergence of regional value chains that allow the continent as a whole to move to a higher level of value-added production. These would arise if its preferences facilitate the emergence of higher value-added productive activities in a number of countries producing components for an increasing range of “products of the African continent” supplied to consumers on the continent, as well as eventually also exported. ... This would of course depend not just on a tariff regime but on programmes addressing the other barriers identified in the development integration paradigm – inadequate infrastructure and more effective cooperation to promote industrial development.” – Rob Davies, former South African Minister of Trade and Industry, 2009-2019

November 25, 2019  USA/Africa: At Home in Maine
    “Safiya overcame so many obstacles, I can’t find the words to describe how much we’re proud of her. Internet trolls could not stop her, threats could not stop her. She’s the perspective the city needs. It’s a really big deal, a tremendous transformation for this city.” - Mo Khalid, speaking of his sister Safiya Khalid on her election to the Lewiston, Maine City Council on November 6, 2019

November 11, 2019  Tanzania: Human Rights Restrictions Mounting
    In a joint press release in late October, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch announced two separately researched reports concluding that “Tanzania’s repression of the media, human rights defenders, and opposition parties has intensified since 2015. … Both reports found that President John Magufuli’s government has adopted or enforced a raft of repressive laws that stifle independent journalism and severely restrict the activities of nongovernmental organizations and the political opposition.”

October 28, 2019  Africa/Global: Untapped Potential for Africa Climate Actions
    From off-grid solar home systems (SHS) to utility-scale solar and wind installations, the potential for major advances in use of renewable energy is growing rapidly on the African continent. If this potential is materialized at a faster pace, Africa countries could contribute significantly to mitigating the global climate crisis. This would also reduce the ongoing damage to the environmental health of their citizens, whether from kerosene lamps in rural areas or massive coal pollution in South Africa.

October 9, 2019  Africa/Global: Targeting Corporate Shell Games
    “Across the world, citizens who want their governments to implement policies to reduce inequalities, address climate change and looming ecological disaster, provide better public services and amenities, ensure social protection, generate quality employment and so on, are always confronted with one question: where is the money? We are constantly told that governments cannot afford the necessary expenditure; that running fiscal deficits will lead to financial chaos and crisis; and that raising taxes will simply drive away investment. But this is not just misleading; it is simply wrong. Governments are constrained in their resources because they tolerate widespread tax evasion and avoidance. ” - Professor Jayati Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru University

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AfricaFocus Archive: by date | by place | by topic

September 18, 2019  
    Horn of Africa: Interview with Kassahun Checole
September 12, 2019  
    South Africa: Xenophobia, Deep Roots, Today´s Crisis
September 12, 2019  
    South Africa: Spotlight on Gender-based Violence
August 12, 2019  
    Africa/Global: Tax Avoidance 101
August 12, 2019  
    Africa/Global: #MauritiusLeaks Reveals Tax Dodges
July 29, 2019  
    Africa/Global: Agribusiness vs. Agroecology
July 15, 2019  
    Africa/Global: New Horizon for Off-Grid Solar
July 2, 2019  
    Kenya/Global: Big Victory for #SaveLamu/#deCOALonize
June 19, 2019  
    AfricaFocus Updates: Sudan, Ebola, Mozambique
May 27, 2019  
    Africa/Global: World Bank Ramps Up Attack on Small Farmers
May 13, 2019  
    Africa/Global: Cutting the Costs on Remittances
April 30, 2019  
    Africa/Global: Fighting Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance
April 15, 2019  
    Africa/Global: Ebola Resurgence Tests Global Response
April 9, 2019  
    South Africa: Politicians Scapegoating Immigrants
April 9, 2019  
    Africa: Migration within the Continent
March 22, 2019  
    Southern Africa/Global: Cyclone Idai and Climate Justice
March 11, 2019  
    Sudan: Just Fall, That is All!
February 26, 2019  
    USA/Africa: From Wakanda to Reparations, Part 2
February 26, 2019  
    USA/Africa: From Wakanda to Reparations, Part 1
February 11, 2019  
    Nigeria: Many Candidates, Few Alternatives
January 30, 2019  
    USA/Africa: Paradigms of Foreign Intervention
January 30, 2019  
    USA/Africa: China, Bolton, and Jimmy Carter

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