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
November 27, 2017 Zimbabwe: After Mugabe, Looking Back
In Zimbabwe, celebration at the departure of Robert Mugabe from office after 37 years
in power has been fervent and heartfelt. But almost all of those celebrating also
acknowledge the difficulties of the months and years to come. Hope is tempered by
recognition that the structures of kleptocratic and military rule remain in place.
November 13, 2017 Africa/Global: Counterproductive Counterterrorism
What strategies work to counter terrorism effectively, whether in Africa or anywhere
else in the world? Few would claim to have a convincing answer to that question.
However, there is some real evidence of what strategies do not work and
are even counterproductive. For example, a new UNDP study studying recruitment to
violent extremism, based on interviews with former extremists in Nigeria, Kenya,
and Somalia, found a number of factors underlying the growth of violent extremism.
Particularly striking was the finding that 71 percent of recruits interviewed said
that it was some form of government action that was the 'tipping point' that triggered their final decision to join an
November 13, 2017 USA/Sahel: Questions Asked, Unasked, Half-Answered
The U.S. military presence in Africa, which has been growing steadily since the years
following the 9/11 attack, has been having a spotlight in U.S. media after the death of
four U.S. soldiers in Niger on October 4. But despite numerous questions raised, and
the prominent attention given to the characteristically obtuse and insensitive
response from the White House, the questions raised have been at best half-answered. And
fundamental questions about counterterrorism strategy and U.S. policy were left
unasked in the Washington-focused debate.
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Kenya: Pre-election Commentaries, 2
July 24, 2017
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July 17, 2017
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July 10, 2017
Africa/Global: Following the Money
June 19, 2017
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May 30, 2017
USA/Africa: "Pro-Death" Health Agendas Advance
May 24, 2017
Nigeria: Corruption Undercuts Boko Haram Fight
May 17, 2017
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May 8, 2017
Africa: World Bank Financing Land Grabs
April 25, 2017
Africa/Global: Media Repression 2.0
April 25, 2017
Zambia: From Democracy to Dictatorship?
April 17, 2017
Africa/Global: New Reports Show Massive Tax Losses
April 10, 2017
Africa: African Feminism Past and Present