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Opinion & Comment

Turkey, which future?

Turkey, located between Europe and Asia, faces several conflicts due to recent political tension. Its geographical location provides significant opportunities as well as vital threats. The current Turkish government is trying to eliminate dangers and puts forth great efforts to create sustainable security in the region. But it seems that neither the European Union nor…

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The truth has never been given an easy ride in politics.

The spread of fake news has made truth and lies an urgent topic of political and social debate. The Association for the German Language chose the new idiom “postfaktisch” (post-truth) as its Word of the Year for 2016. The publisher of the Oxford Dictionary also chose the English term “post-truth” as its International Word of…

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2017. Economic outlook for Africa

2017 will be a critical year for Africa. After many years of high growth rates, many African countries are facing potential headwinds that can jeopardize their future. Within the horizon, there are many major storms forming and sailing through these troubled waters will be treacherous. Indeed, the journey ahead will not be a smooth sail…

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Mexico. Ten years of failure against the organized crime

Last December marked ten years since Mexico’s government embarked on a militarized campaign against the country’s criminal organizations which has failed to substantially improve the nation’s security situation. A few days after being sworn in, Mexico’s then-President Felipe Calderón (December 2006), announced that his administration was deploying thousands of federal troops to combat organized crime…

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Zimbabwe. Age of Uncertainty

Zimbabwe’s politics remains deeply contested, with both ZANU-PF and the opposition riven by internal and cross -party generational and ideological fault-lines. During the 2000’s, Morgan Tvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change emerged as a formidable competitor to Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF. Throughout the decade, Zimbabwe remained politically polarised,  with each successive election widening national rifts. In 2009,…

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For the new AU Commission chairperson. A tense race.

The election of the new African Union Commission (AUC) is to take place at the next summit of the AU Assembly in Addis Ababa on 30–31 January 2017. It is a tense race and the number of contenders for all the positions has increased since the elections were postponed in July 2016. Divisive issues such…

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The Theatre of Global Migration: A Window into the African Experience

Migration is, arguably, one of the most debated issues in Europe presently. Conferences and seminars are held to improve understanding of the phenomenon and how it has affected Europe in the last couple of decades. The European Union (EU) holds meetings with African leaders to develop common strategies on how to reduce the influx of migrants…

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Donald J.Trump and Africa

On the 8th of November 2016, a new page opened in the history of the United States of America. The die was cast. Donald J. Trump, the erstwhile US business mogul, aged 70, was elected the 45th President of the United States of America, against all predictions to the contrary. As crazy as it might…

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The Evolution of the African Justice System.

Pundits are agreed that ‘tradition’ refers to customs (social habits) which, with time, become a way of dealing and living, and eventually turns into locally respected and abiding laws. Tradition   stems from ancient medieval beliefs and they are still very widely practised in Africa. Impartiality, social equality, tradition and the general principles of equity remain…

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China’s Growing Arms Sales to Latin America

In recent years China has asserted itself as a key player in the global arms trade. Not only have both export volume and weapons quality increased rapidly, the range of customers China has been supplying has also expanded greatly over the course of the past decade. Latin America is one of the key regions into…

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Turkey: getting out of the vicious circle

Throughout history, relations between the “Turks” and the “Europeans” have never been simple. In recent years, while Europeans have been happily travelling to Turkey to spend their holidays there (before the region became inflamed), they have not always been so ready to recognise its inhabitants as a veritable alter ego. To start with, religious differences were…

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The Senkaku Islands Dispute

China has claimed that they were aware of the islands from the 15th century, and both China and Taiwan claim that the islands have been a part of Chinese territory since the 16th century. However, the Japanese claim that when the island was surveyed by them in the 1800’s, it was uninhabited and showed no…

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Advocacy

A Museum for advocacy?

A Museum can surely be an action of advocacy, if it provides awareness towards empowerment. The National Museum of African American History and Culture that ex…

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Baobab

Why the sea is salty.

Long ago, the sea was not salty. People got their salt from the mountain of salt across the sea. One day, the people in the village…

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Youth & Mission

Bennie was the wrong person, in the wrong place at…

Bennie had a thin, hollow face, the picture of malnutrition at 22 years of age, he had never been to school for more than a few…

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