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June 20, 2018  Congo (Kinshasa): Ebola Response Shows Lessons Learned
    The Democratic Republic of Congo has extensive experience in successfully containing Ebola outbreaks (the one which was reported in May is the ninth since the first in 1976). But this one, with cases in Mbandaka, a river-port city of over one million people on the country's western border, raised the nightmare scenario of spreading to other river-port cities such as the capital Kinshasa (over 11 million people), as well as Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo, and Bangui in the Central African Republic. But, although victory is not assured, so far the response by national and international health agencies has been a model of applying lessons learned.

June 4, 2018  West Africa/Global: Tax Evasion without Borders
    "On paper, the company that engineered and built the [$50 million mineral sands] processing plant [in Senegal] was SNC Lavalin-Mauritius Ltd, a local division of SNC Lavalin [Canada]. In reality, SNC Lavalin-Mauritius wasn’t involved. It was a shell, created for the specific purpose of helping the engineering giant avoid tax payments. The company had no construction equipment and no office of its own. It operated from inside the Mauritius office of the offshoring law firm Appleby, which helped SNCLavalin create the shell company." - West Africa Leaks

May 21, 2018  Namibia/Africa: Afrobarometer Insights
    In Namibia in 2014, the ruling SWAPO party decided to adopt a 50-50 gender quota for its representatives in the National Assembly. This brought the representation of women in the National Assembly to 41% in the election that year (more than twice the current 19% of women in the U.S. House of Representatives). Recent survey results show that the move has proved highly popular in Namibia, with 71% of women and 68% of men saying that such a quota should be mandated for all political parties.

May 7, 2018  USA/Africa: Achieving 100% Renewable Energy
    "We can’t have a working nation or a world if we don’t stop the climate from careening out of control. That’s been clear for decades now, but what’s been less clear is precisely what we should do about it. Happily, that’s no longer the case. We now know exactly what to do, and we’re increasingly certain it can be done. We have to switch off of coal, oil, and gas, and on to 100% wind, water, and sun energy sources." - Bill McKibben

May 7, 2018  USA/Africa: Renewable Energy Advances on Many Fronts
    Resistance to rapid renewable energy expansion is still high, despite the acknowledged costs in climate change. The U.S. Power Africa initiative still funds predominately natural gas, although its investment in renewables is growing. In Kenya, the Kenyan and Chinese governments are pushing ahead with a coal-fired generation plant in Lamu, despite strong resistance from local environmentalists and the fact that China is rapidly abandoning coal at home. Nevertheless, technological changes and rising awareness of the damage done by fossil fuels are propelling new advances on many fronts.

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April 23, 2018  
    Ethiopia: Wax, Gold, and "Ethiopianness"
April 9, 2018  
    Africa: Storybooks in African Languages
March 26, 2018  
    Zimbabwe: Women Continue Protest at Hwange Coal
March 12, 2018  
    Africa/Global: Charting Where They Hide the Money, 2
March 12, 2018  
    Africa/Global: Charting Where They Hide the Money, 1
February 26, 2018  
    Nigeria/Global: Promising Potential for Solar Mini-Grids
February 12, 2018  
    Sudan: Perilous Crossroads on Refugee Map
January 29, 2018  
    Africa/Global: Humanitarian Attention Deficits
January 15, 2018  
    South Africa/USA: Inequality is Extreme and Still Rising
January 15, 2018  
    Africa/Global: World Trends in Inequality
December 18, 2017  
    Cameroon: Speech, Rights, and Aging Autocracy
December 11, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Paradise Papers, Plus
November 27, 2017  
    Zimbabwe: After Mugabe, Looking Forward
November 27, 2017  
    Zimbabwe: After Mugabe, Looking Back
November 13, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Counterproductive Counterterrorism
November 13, 2017  
    USA/Sahel: Questions Asked, Unasked, Half-Answered
October 30, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Recent Books Read & Recommended
October 19, 2017  
    Somalia: Not Only a Somali Tragedy
October 9, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Tobacco Industry Targets Africa Markets
September 25, 2017  
    Africa/Global: How Women Lose from Tax Injustice
August 29, 2017  
    Sierra Leone: Hard Lessons from Disaster
August 23, 2017  
    USA/Africa: No Policy? Bad Policy? Or Both?

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