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Opinion & Comment

Transnational Crimes in the seas

The vast expanses of the sea, the complexity of the maritime transportation system, the immense volume of cargo transferred at each port, and the limited capacity for inspections of cargo creates opportunity for criminals. Seaborne trade in the maritime realm follows a defined set of “sea lines of communication” based on currents and weather. Because…

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South Korea and Africa.

Tracing South Korea’s approach to the continent under 4 presidents. During the 1960s, South Korea commenced a diplomatic offensive with countries that had remained neutral during the Korean War. This was done to cement alliances with countries so they would back South Korea should conflict break out again. One of the main regions where South…

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Saudi influence on the fate of Khartoum.

Riyadh, together with the United Arab Emirates, is determining the decisions of the Sudanese military junta and blocking the transition to democracy.  A considerable portion of the Arab world is in chaos. Its political, social and economic instability as well as the security situation have worsened in the last decade. The reasons for this chaos…

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Conflict Minerals. A continuous lack of will of the European Institutions.

The current technological societies and the increasing consumption of electronic devices such as computers, mobile phones, tablets and all kinds of batteries have caused an unrestricted search for minerals that are necessary for their manufacture. Africa is a continent coveted by developed countries because it has the largest reserves of minerals that are considered optimal…

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Compassion in the EU Energy Transition.

Energy transition is at the heart of all our efforts to reach the goals set in the Paris Convention in the fight against climate change. One of the champions in this struggle is the EU. The Treaty of Rome on March 25, 1957 established four freedoms for the citizens of Europe: the free movement of…

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European Climate Policy between ambition and disappointment.

Not all news relating to climate change is bad. The EU is on track to meet its emissions reduction target of 20% by next year. In fact, there was a 22% reduction of emissions between 1990 and 2017 while the economy grew by 28% over the same period. The main driver behind the emission reductions…

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Mining Resources in Africa. Curse and Opportunity.

Mining operations and global consumption of natural resources continue to increase annually. However, while developed countries and regions such as the European Union protect their natural resources with sustainable development policies and high social and labour standards to protect the environment, the economies of developing countries are increasingly becoming dependent on export of its natural…

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Cries from the Cameroons.

The silence of the International Community at the genocide and ethnic cleansing going on in Cameroon is very worrisome! The silence, in the final analysis, is not unconnected with the economic interest of their former colonial masters. One wonders when these colonial masters would let Africa be, or rather when African leaders would cease to…

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The Lack of Solidarity of International Trade.

Faced with the evident failure of the multilateral free trade and investment agreements promoted by the European Union (EPAs, TTIP, MERCOSUR), Europe has developed its commercial strategy through bilateral economic agreements with third countries. The last of these bilateral agreements has been the one of the EU and Singapore added to a long list. In…

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Europe in the Election Year.

The European Union finds itself in a contradictory situation in advance of the European Parliament elections in May. On the one hand, the levels of support for the EU are higher than they have been for 25 years. 62 per cent of EU citizens have a positive view of their country’s membership of the EU;…

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Advocacy

Emigration and the Young African.

Advocacy is about politics and change, values and beliefs, consciousness and knowledge. It is about building democratic organizations and expanding citizens’ skills to understand how…

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Baobab

Hare and the Corn Bins.

In the old days, all the animals used to make farms like men do today. They hoed the ground, planted the seed, harvested the grain and…

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Youth & Mission

Five Ways To Reduce Our Reliance On Plastic.

Plastic is so prevalent in our lives that we don’t even notice it anymore. It is convenient. It is cheap. It is ubiquitous. The unfortunate truth…

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