Africa

Are tech companies Africa’s new colonialists?

“What if Big Tech, far from being a liberating force, turned out instead to be a new kind of colonialist?” Financial Times’ David Pilling is skeptical about what lies behind improving technology in Africa.

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Africa to decide on free-trade zone: what’s at stake?

The world’s biggest trade network, AfCFTA is yet to come into force early this July. This is after Nigeria agrees to sign the vast trade area.

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U.S dream pulls African migrants in record numbers across Latin America

“As more Africans learn from relatives and friends who have made the trip that crossing Latin America to the United States is tough but not impossible, more are making the journey, and in turn are helping other follow in their footsteps,” experts say. Most of the migrants come from Cameroon and DRC.

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Europe

Women to head top EU institutions for first time

What was once a man world is embracing gender equality. Christine Lagarde, former IMF director, and Ursula von der Leyen, former German defense minister, are going to be first women to head top EU commission.

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Europe’s Ever Closer Confusion

‘The Capital’, a novel by Robert Menasse, depicts how European Union as a block is no longer defending what it was meant to be. Peter Pomerantsev reviews the book.

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Europe’s Heat Wave Fried the Global Temperature Record

Again the heat wave reaches another high level in Europe. The mercury reached at 450 C. “We are likely to see more of these events in the future due to climate change,” said an expert.

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North and Latin America

Donald Trump: foreign-policy showman

July 4th was Independence Day in the USA, celebrated with a military parade. President Trump’s ordering of the parade was seen in part as “a timely distraction from more damning events.” His foreign policy has not yet yielded.

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AMLO’s populism is both rampant and constrained

Mexico’s President Lopez Obrador, now in his first year, pledges to fight corruption. “He has not disappointed his supporters,” writes The Economist. “But many of his critics are alarmed by the direction in which he is taking his country.”

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Venezuela death squads kill young men, stage scenes, UN report says

“The report – which drew on 558 victim accounts, witnesses of violence and other sources – said the killings were part of a strategy by the government of President Nicolas Maduro aimed at ‘neutralising, repressing and criminalizing political opponents and people critical of the government.’”

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Asia

There will be no peace for Afghanistan

“Despite optimistic signs from U.S.-led peace talks in Qatar, Afghanistan’s future looks bleak.”

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China Muslims: Xinjiang schools used to separate children from families

“China is deliberately separating Muslim children from their families, faith and language in its far western region of Xianjiang.”

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Rights under the threat: how China is bringing Hong Kong to heel

“Beijing has chipped away at the city’s autonomy for 22 years- and protests reflect growing anger.”

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