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The ISIS Network: Has it been underestimated?

The ISIS Network: Has it been underestimated?

February 22, 2017 at 5:06 AM

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Daesh, “so-called Islamic State”, ISIS, call them what you will, are not a state and disregard certain tenets of Islam wilfully. What they are becoming however, is far more interesting to speculate on, in the light of the diplomatic wrangles between theRead More

Haiti- Businessman with tainted record takes office in the Americas

Haiti- Businessman with tainted record takes office in the Americas

February 14, 2017 at 5:30 AM

On February 7th, the Republic of Haiti inaugurated a new President, a year to the day after Michel Martelly stepped down from office without an elected successor. Soon to be sworn-in is Jovenel Moise, a previously little known businessman and protege of Martelly’s. Moise had originally triumphed in the OctoberRead More

Students at Nyanzwa Primary School in Iringa region.  Thanks to extra profits generated by the USAID-funded DAI PESA onion growers training program, more children than ever can hope to continue on through secondary school.

Africa invests in Youth: But where are the African Youth?

February 13, 2017 at 6:18 AM

Marc Sommers – The Outcast Majority: War, Development, and Youth in Africa (2015)  The African Union has designated 2017 its Year for Exploiting the Demographic Dividend through Investment in Youth. As UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres noted in his remarks to the AU, implicit in this emphasis on youth andRead More

L’Estelada Blava: An independent Catalonia

L’Estelada Blava: An independent Catalonia

February 10, 2017 at 8:35 AM

Ten years ago the Catalans’ unease over their hollowed- out autonomy reached a tipping point as more and more of them opted for independence instead, a ground-breaking move since self-government inside Spain had always been Catalonia’s aim during the past five centuries, two brief independence periods under France’s protection exceptedRead More

One Trump, but the emergence of many?

One Trump, but the emergence of many?

February 6, 2017 at 11:58 AM

As the ascendancy of Donald Trump relentlessly reverberates across oceans and borders, aspiring demagogues seek to replicate the vitriolic rhetoric that was so successful in moulding the electoral narrative in the US. Failing to recognize the unique political environment that propelled Trump to the heights of executive office, the likesRead More

The Rule of Law: India and Catalonia

The Rule of Law: India and Catalonia

February 6, 2017 at 9:20 AM

Authoritarian rulers have a crush on parading themselves as the embodiment of the country itself—usually called with the more uplifting name of fatherland—feeling entitled to crush any criticism and dissent as treason and sedition. An outcome of liberal democracy’s ideological hegemony is that even the more ruthless dictators feel obliged to feignRead More

The Real State of Insecurity in Somalia

The Real State of Insecurity in Somalia

January 29, 2017 at 9:01 AM

From Afghanistan to Somalia, there are some conflicts that seem never-ending. Slowly but surely, mainstream media stops in-depth reporting as fatigue sets in. Another shooting, another blast, another child without both legs or an education. Another episode of misery inflicted upon a nation. A study conducted by James Fearon ofRead More

America’s failing energy policy: a response to Trump’s First Energy Plan

America’s failing energy policy: a response to Trump’s First Energy Plan

January 29, 2017 at 8:25 AM

Clearly, at this preliminary point, the United States officially has no climate change policy and is neither committed to the Paris Agreement nor officially interested in pursuing any form of strategy that is consciously aimed at decarbonizing the US energy system. What is known to be officially available is anRead More

Obama, China and a shift in status quo?

Obama, China and a shift in status quo?

January 29, 2017 at 7:56 AM

President Obama has left office with several policy successes on record, but ultimately, America remains divided, insecure at home and overstretched abroad, with waning authority and credibility in former spheres of influence. Two prolonged conflicts, in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the 2008 recession had already strained the country’s military andRead More

Gambia: Yahya Jammeh and the ECOWAS’ R2P

Gambia: Yahya Jammeh and the ECOWAS’ R2P

January 20, 2017 at 4:11 PM

Following failed shuttle-mediation, troops contributed by some ECOWAS countries are in a ‘show of force’, threatening to use it if (ex) President Yahya Jammeh does not end his over-stay in office as Gambian head of state and allow (new) President Adama Barrow to take over after his ‘exiled’ swearing-in asRead More