Africa

Rwanda-Uganda relations: What next after Angola pact?

After signing Angola pact, Rwandans and Ugandans are looking forward to seeing both the countries walk the talk. The agreements signed were to bring “immediate effect,” however, four days are gone with no significant sign.

S. Africa to promote African interests at G7 summit

The G7 summit to be held in France, Biarritz this Sunday will be attended by Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and South Africa’s Cyrill Ramaphosa. In the summit that will thematically address inequalities, African interests are represented.

Malawi’s maturing democracy to be tested further by more protests

“Malawians angry at the management of the 2019 elections plan to shut down airports and borders next.”

Europe

The strangling of European democracy

‘The EU is the high point of an anti-democratic project that has been brewing for a hundred years.’

Britain and Italy are now the terrible twins of Europe

Martin Kettle’s column gives a sight on how politically Britain is becoming like Italy.

France’s Macron to push for charter on biodiversity at G7 summit.

Macron to put pressure on the U.S to sign a charter on protecting biodiversity.

North and Latin America

Trump Says He Will Raise Existing Tariffs on Chinese Goods to 30%

The trade war escalates further as President Trump plans to target all Chinese goods with tariffs. This came as Beijing said it would retaliate against Trump’s next round of tariffs.

Amazon fires: what is happening and is there anything we can do?

As the Amazon forest is burning at a record rate, The Guardian explains the extent to which the world should be alarmed and what to do.

Imported repression: How Cuba taught Venezuela to quash military dissent

“Imposing surveillance, fear and repression, Cuba helped Venezuela revamp its armed forces and military intelligence service. Reuters reveals how two agreements, undisclosed since 2008, let Havana remake Venezuela’s security apparatus.”

Asia

The Kashmir crisis isn’t about territory. It’s about a Hindu victory over Islam.

“Modi’s sudden takeover in Kashmir is the fulfillment of a long ideological yearning to make a predominantly Muslim population surrender to his vision of a homogeneous Hindu nation.”

North Korea Launches 2 Missiles, Its 7th Weapons Test in a Month

North korea’s latest test firing came two days after South Korea decided to pull out of a military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan.

Hong Kong: tens of thousands turn out to protest against new surveillance tactics

Masked protesters gather to voice anger at surveillance culture that includes lampposts equipped with an array of sensors.

Quote of the week.

On August 24, 2011, Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple Inc., and succeeded by Tim Cook, as a result of his illness. Here are some quotes from his candid speech to graduating students at Stanford University.

“So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something-your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love.”