Africa

Should we worry more about the wildfires in Africa or in the Amazon?

For weeks, the world’s attention has been drawn to the burning Amazon. There are, however, other burning forests in Sub Saharan Africa and Bolivia. Why more attention to the Amazon?

Series: Life after power, from Amadou Toumani Toure to Joseph Kabila

Jeune Afrique’s series “Life after power” look at the lives of African presidents after power. Read about Amadou Toumani, Joseph Kabila, Blaise Compaore, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, Abdoulaye Wade and Olusegun Obasanjo.

Do the many ‘Forums on Africa’ benefit the continent?

“China-Africa Forum, Turkey-Africa, Japan-Africa etc. Meetings with the countries of the continent have multiplied since the beginning of the 2000s. But what do the continent win in these many multilateral meetings?”

Europe

Au revoir, my friends! 

‘Macron is no longer automatically siding with Germany in European politics – and with good reason’

Salvini’s party excluded from Italian mandate

Matteo Salvini has been criticized for losing what political analysts call gamble to become the Prime Minister. Guesepe Conte, Italian PM, mandated a new government and the Northern League of Salvini was sidelined.

The dramatic history of prorogation in British parliament.

Erin Blackmore take us back in history. Erin argues that from Brexit to typhus, this tricky political tool has been used for centuries to shut down legislative sessions.

North and Latin America

Twitter C.E.O. Jack Dorsey’s Account Hacked

On Friday, Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account was hacked. The attack on Twitter C.E.O highlights the vulnerability of social media accounts of prominent people. “The breach of Mr. Dorsey’s account should also serve as a nudge to tech executives and everyday internet users who go online to shop, bank or simply post photos to pay close attention to the security of their online accounts.”

Will Colombia go back to war?

“On August 29th this year Colombians woke up to news that seemed to threaten a return to war. It came in the form of a 32-minute video released by Iván Márquez, once the FARC’s number-two commander, in which he announced that he would take up arms again to ‘fight for a betrayed peace.’”

The Amazon Is Not Earth’s Lungs

“Contrary to almost every popular account, Earth maintains an unusual surfeit of free oxygen—an incredibly reactive gas that does not want to be in the atmosphere—largely due not to living, breathing trees, but to the existence, underground, of fossil fuels.”

Asia

Tensions over Kashmir rise but India says no plans for war

The Indian government is coming under more criticism for its restrictions in the disputed region, and Pakistani leaders warn that India is risking war.

Why the CIA doesn’t spy on the UAE

The United Arab Emirates finances the military leader trying to topple a United Nations-recognized government in Libya. It helps lead a coalition of nations imposing an economic blockade of Qatar, despite U.S. calls to resolve the dispute. It hired former staffers of the U.S National Security Agency (NSA) as elite hackers to spy in a program that included Americans as surveillance targets, a Reuters investigation.

‘An earthquake’: racism, rage and rising calls for freedom in Papua

At a pivotal moment in the region’s struggle for self-determination, there is seething anger as well as hope.

Quote of the week.

On august 28, 1963, as a crowd of nearly 250,000 people gathered outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these historic words: “I have a dream.”

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”

“Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.
Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.
Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.”