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On the Kenyan repeat election: Boycotts and fresh trouble

On the Kenyan repeat election: Boycotts and fresh trouble

October 26, 2017 at 6:10 PM

Kenyans turned out in huge numbers on August 8, 2017 to choose their new leader. The official outcome of the presidential election showed that the incumbent, President Uhuru Kenyatta, had won with 54 percent against opposition leader Raila Odinga’s 44 percent. Prior to the announcement of the election results, seniorRead More

The African “Problem”: International Criminal Court

The African “Problem”: International Criminal Court

October 12, 2017 at 9:56 AM

“The court has ended up doing its cases in Africa because that’s where it has jurisdiction and because crimes have been committed there.”- Alex Whiting In 2009, the International Criminal Court issued its first warrant for the arrest of Omar Hassan Ahmad Bashir. He has been the president of the RepublicRead More

Fintech and Emerging Economies

Fintech and Emerging Economies

October 10, 2017 at 6:13 PM

The spread of fintech (financial technology), presents itself as an effective strategy of development in emerging economies. It has the capacity to maximize the economic potential of third world countries.  More importantly, the financial exclusion of the world’s poor can be remedied through fintech’s expansion.It will facilitate the lives ofRead More

North Korea: Putin context

North Korea: Putin context

September 28, 2017 at 10:23 AM

A new source of legitimacy From the recent Hydrogen bomb test, to the launch of a missile over Japanese territory, to threats to bomb the US island territory of Guam, North Korea’s determined efforts to develop its nuclear weapons program have kept global leaders on edge this past summer. MostRead More

Brazil: Temerity, Impeachment and Temer

Brazil: Temerity, Impeachment and Temer

September 18, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Michel Temer is in deep trouble and could be the second president impeached within just one year.  The presidency represents the pinnacle to any politician’s career. Desired by many, yet fitting for very few. It has the potential to either make or break a political career. In noRead More

DACA and Obama: A false paragon?

DACA and Obama: A false paragon?

September 12, 2017 at 4:26 PM

‘This is about basic decency’ Then what was deporting 3 million undocumented immigrants? More deportations occurred under the Obama administration than any other presidency. Then why are we pretending he is a friend to/of undocumented immigrants?   The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a deportation-deferral program passed in 2012 thatRead More

The lost climate change leadership

The lost climate change leadership

September 12, 2017 at 4:01 PM

The general perception within the climate change circles is that the United States is fast losing the leadership position it once held in charting the climate change future. The fact is that there hasn’t been any country that has consistently in recent times taken audacious steps of leading efforts toRead More

Kenyan Elections: Mixed feelings

Kenyan Elections: Mixed feelings

September 6, 2017 at 3:59 PM

 “Africa is Rising!”. This popular cliché came first to mind following the announcement of the 4-2 majority decision by the Kenyan Supreme court to annul the 8th August 2017 presidential elections results and order fresh one. The reason? It “was not conducted in accordance with the constitution” and therefore theRead More

Propaganda and Tibet

Propaganda and Tibet

September 1, 2017 at 10:40 AM

The idea for this article was born in a bar in the city of Xi’an, far away from the stuffy Beijing auditorium where I spent the month of May attending lectures on Chinese law. A couple of friends and I were having a pint at the bar of our hostelRead More

Global FX and Currency – Mid-Year Review

Global FX and Currency – Mid-Year Review

August 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Across the world, there is one trend emerging strongly. This is the trend of  political and economic decision-making starting to make less sense than ever before.  We thought it would interesting to evaluate the impact that has had on the foreign exchange and currency markets. From a macro-economic perspective, the major themeRead More