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Recent Commentaries by AfricaFocus Editor (New in 2019)

August 12, 2019  Africa/Global: Tax Avoidance 101
    Aircastle Ltd., a Connecticut-based global company specialized in leasing airplanes, is not alone among large American companies lowering their taxes through creative accounting, which also include well-known giants such as Amazon and Apple. But the recent revelations on Aircastle´s use of Mauritius as a tax haven provide a helpful window into how such tax dodges can make use of off-shore companies set up primarily for that purpose.

August 12, 2019  Africa/Global: #MauritiusLeaks Reveals Tax Dodges
    “Based on a cache of 200,000 confidential records from the Mauritius office of the Bermuda-based offshore law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman, the investigation reveals how a sophisticated financial system based on the island is designed to divert tax revenue from poor nations back to the coffers of Western corporations and African oligarchs, with Mauritius getting a share. The files date from the early 1990s to 2017.” - International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

July 29, 2019  Africa/Global: Agribusiness vs. Agroecology
    “It is not surprising, of course, that those with financial interests in the current input-intensive systems are responding to growing calls for agroecology with attacks on its efficacy as a systematic approach that can sustainably feed a growing population. What is surprising is that such responses are so ill-informed about the scientific innovations agroecology offers to small-scale farmers who are being so poorly served by ´green revolution´ approaches.” - Timothy A. Wise

July 15, 2019  Africa/Global: New Horizon for Off-Grid Solar
    With their most dramatic success in Kenya and other East African countries, off-grid solar home systems are expanding rapidly, reaching more consumers and extending beyond basic lighting and mobile-phone charging, now even offering bundles with solar-powered flat-screen televisions. Costs continue to drop precipitously, and, according to Beyond Fire, a new report released at the end of May, the next new horizon may be in the kitchen, with solar-energy-powered cooking.

July 2, 2019  Kenya/Global: Big Victory for #SaveLamu/#deCOALonize
    “On Wednesday 26th June, Kenya’s National Environment Tribunal (NET) made a landmark ruling that set aside the license granted to Amu Power Company Ltd by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) to construct a 1050MW coal plant in Lamu. The tribunal noted that … there was no evidence that Amu Power properly informed residents of Lamu of the impacts that the coal plant project would have on their environment, livelihood or health.” - #deCOALonize press release, June 29, 2019

Essay series on U.S. elections, by AfricaFocus Editor William Minter

July 18, 2018 - 10 Ways to Misunderstand the Trump Election
July 18, 2018 - The Electoral College: How the System is Rigged and How to Change It
July 30, 2018 - Why Voter Suppression Matters More Than You Think
August 15, 2018 - Russia in the Trump Election: Putting "Collusion" in Context

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AfricaFocus Archive: by date | by place | by topic

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
January 22, 2019  
    Zimbabwe: Repression & Dreams Deferred, Again
January 8, 2019  
    Mozambique/Global: Who Pays for Transnational Corruption?
December 10, 2018  
    Africa/Global: Green New Deal Could Be Game-Changer
November 12, 2018  
    Africa: Africa Mining Vision
November 12, 2018  
    Africa: Why Mining is Hard to Tax
October 16, 2018  
    Africa/Global: Drug Company Profits vs. Public Health
October 1, 2018  
    Africa/Global: Professionals Enabling Corruption
September 17, 2018  
    Uganda: Time for the Youth

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