Africa

How Huawei Helped Museveni Spy On Bobi Wine

Huawei, a Chinese giant tech company accused of having a hand in Museveni’s conspiracies against his significant opposers, Bobi Wine.

Malawi’s president is under siege

President Peter Mutharika now facing “upheld” demonstrations led by the opposition  Lazarus Chakwera. This happens only 4 months  after the presidential elections.

Time for a gold rush in West Africa?

While “South Africa’s gold industry, which has produced half the world’s bullion ever mined, has been shrinking amid the geological challenges of exploiting the world’s deepest mines,” analysts say the next round is for west Africa to lead mining sector in Africa.

Europe

Right from wrong: a guide to the new European politics

After the Lega’s victory as well as Marine Le Pen and Nigel Farage in the EU parliamentary election. Matteo Salvini hailed the reborn of Europe. Douglas Murray argues how he might be wrong or right.

The Revival of European Identity Politics

“It isn’t just nationalism—subnational groups are reasserting themselves, posing a challenge to the clumsy EU.”

Slovak president awarded European Prize for Political Culture

‘Slovakia’s president Zuzana Čaputová has been awarded the European Prize for Political Culture in recognition of her fight for a truly European democracy.’

North and Latin America

US Congresswoman Rejects Israeli Visit as Effort to ‘Silence’ Her

After Israel offered Rashid Tlaib to let her visit her grandmother in West Bank – following attempts to block her and colleague’s entry – the Democratic congresswoman said she canceled the trip citing “oppressive conditions.”

Is Slavery’s Legacy in the Power Dynamics of Sports?

“It has been 400 years since chattel slavery began in what is now the United States. But Draymond Green suggested that the lexicon of 1619 — with African slaves and white owners, with people as currency — should be reworked when it comes to a business with the N.B.A.’s racial dynamic.”

Argentina faces the prospect of another default

As Argentina faces inflation, President Mauricio Macri promises to tackle it ahead of an election in October. Will he deliver?

Asia

Rudderless rebellion – Inside the Hong Kong protesters’ anarchic campaign against China

Young protesters in Hong Kong are directly challenging China’s communist rulers. Inspired by kung fu legend Bruce Lee, their leaderless structure is frustrating efforts by the authorities to stymie them. It could also undermine their movement.

Pakistan and India trade barbs after rare UN Kashmir talks

Pakistan accuses New Delhi of human rights abuses after Security Council meeting, India says Kashmir ‘internal matter’.

Myanmar and Bangladesh to start sending back thousands of Rohingya

Fresh attempt at repatriations agreed but refugees fear they will return to persecution and violence

Quote of the week

In In Defense of a Liberal Education,Fareed Zakaria writes:

“Because of the times we live in, all of us, young and old, do not spend enough time and effort thinking about the meaning of life. We do not look inside ourselves enough to understand our strengths and weaknesses, and we do not look around enough – a the world, in history – to ask the deepest and broadest questions. The solution surely is that, even now, we could all use a little bit more of a liberal education.”

“For most of human history, education was job training. Hunters, farmers, and warriors taught the young to hunt, farm, and fight. Children of the ruling class received instruction in the arts of war and governance, but this too was intended first and foremost as preparation for the roles they would assume later in society, not for any broader purpose. All that began to change twenty-five hundred years ago in ancient Greece.”