Africa

French colonialism lives on in Africa

France’s monetary control over its former colonies survived “decolonization process”. How is CFA franc an instrument of French control over Central and West African economies?

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Africa’s fake news problem

Fake news stories have been exploding across the continent highly affecting political policies. “By giving people the knowledge and ability to spot potential fake news, we can hope that these stories won’t see the light of day, and the damage they cause can be prevented.” The Africa Report’s Alex Booth argues.

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The military crackdown in Sudan lays bare the dark heart of Bashir’s regime

Hope for negotiations and peace seems to have been dropped in Sudan after months of protests. The RSF has revealed the darkest part of the regime with massacres and incrementing violence.

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Europe

Bannon’s Conquest of Europe Has Not Gone Well

Steve Bannon put much effort in helping the EU nationalist parties to do as well what Donald Trump did in 2016. Unfortunately, Nationalists didn’t sweep the parliamentary elections. Ultimately, his dream of starting an academy for nationalist leaders was quashed. Is this the best moment for Bannon to admit his failure and go back home?

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Catalonia says yes to Europe. So why are our MEPs being turned away?

The Catalan foreign minister argues how the Catalan MEPs have been denied access to the European Parliament despite being active partners in the European project.

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D-Day: beyond the myth of the Good War

On June 6, 1944, the allied powers of the World War II landed on Normandy beaches, the invasion that liberated France from Nazi German.

“Seventy-five years on, let’s reckon with what really happened.”

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North and Latin America

 America is deploying a new economic arsenal to assert its power

The use of punitive tariffs, blacklisting of tech firms and tightening of sanctions, among others, all exercised without constraints, are what The Economist calls “weapons of mass destruction.” President Donald Trump is warned that his method is eroding America’s power.

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Neoliberalism must be pronounced dead and buried. Where next?

Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz declares neoliberalism obsolete. While pointing out its failures, he suggests progressive capitalism could be the best successor “to restore the balance between markets, the state and civil society,” among other priorities.

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How the US, Saudis profit from sanctions on Venezuela and Iran

Venezuela and Iran are two of seventeen countries currently under US sanctions. “A glance at the political economy of international oil markets, an industry used as a battlefield to further the aims of war, provides insight into the seemingly irrational realm toward which President Donald Trump has been leading U.S. foreign policy,” writes Juan Fernando Teran.

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Asia

Memories of Tiananmen Square

Tuesday marked the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, when China’s people’s Liberation Army opened fire on pro-democracy activists. The New Yorker’s Jiayang Fan, a staff writer, recounts her experience of the event.

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U.S.-China trade war – the levers they can pull

“The escalating trade war between the United States and China has gone beyond tariffs as the countries increase pressure on each other to cede the ground.” Reuters explains other possible pressure points for each side.

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The leader of the Thai junta tortures the rules to remain in power

On June 5, Prayuth Chan-Ocha was elected Thailand’s Prime minister. The Economist explains more about the premier and the country’s political situation.

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Quote of the week

On June 8, 1944, one of the greatest works of political literature was published today. Here is a quote from George Orwell’s novel “1984”:

Winston sank his arms to his sides and slowly refilled his lungs with air. His
mind slid away into the labyrinthine world of doublethink. To know and not
to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed
lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing
them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against
logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy
was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget
whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again
at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again: and
above all, to apply the same process to the process itself. That was the ultimate
subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to
become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to
understand the word ’doublethink’ involved the use of doublethink.

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