Eritrea,Nigeria, Benin: Outsiders from Africa free-trade zone, AfCFTA

Eritrea, Nigeria, Benin are the only countries that haven’t signed the AfCFTA  yet. 52 countries have signed and required 22 have ratified. The biggest trade zone operational phase will be launched in July. Read the article

Congo’s new president, Félix Tshisekedi, does not call the shots

There is an ongoing debate on who really rules between former president Joseph Kabila and Felix Tshisekedi. Kabila “has refused to move out of the presidential villa or, apparently, hand over the presidential plane to his successor, who is in temporary accommodation and slumming it on commercial flights.” Read the article

Europe’s inaction on the civil war in Libya will bring crisis to our shores 

“Libya is in the depths of crisis and the battle for Tripoli is poised to descend into bloody war. As Salamé has noted, the belligerents have committed just 30 percent of their forces thus far, while the production of 1.2 million barrels per day of oil ensures there will be money for the conflict to go on and on.” Read the article


The Sick man of Europe is Europe

Europe went all out to achieve its dream to join Washington and Beijing as superpowers. Josef Joffe argues there are threats on the way such as internal division as well as lack of leadership. Read the article

Sebastian Kurz, Austrian chancellor, ousted by MPs after video row

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was ousted by a Vote of No Confidence during a special parliamentary session on Monday. This came after a video alleging former vice chancellor, Heinz-Christian Strache, offering favors to a purported Russian investor. She is said to be a niece of a Russian Oligarch. Read the article

Salvini Isn’t About to Take Over Europe

“Matteo Salvini, Italy’s hard-right interior minister, has no intention of taking his country out of the eurozone. And his plans to change the EU from within are surprisingly feeble.” Read the article

North and Latin America

A political economist on how China sees Trump’s trade war

“They thought that ego and money, and the promise of money, would have been enough to at least soften some of his rhetoric against China and trade with China. But it has not done that as much as they had expected,” Victor Shih speaks of how the China saw President Donald Trump before the trade fight with the US. Read the article

Jair Bolsonaro will not defeat crime in Brazil by tolerating militias

“Instead of bolstering the institutions of law and order so that they can restore calm and prosecute gang bosses, Mr Bolsonaro thinks the way to tackle violence is with more violence. He has allowed more Brazilians to own and carry guns, encouraging them to confront criminals themselves,” writes The Economist. Read the article

Donald Trump vows to use tariffs to punish Mexico for migrants

On Thursday, President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on Mexican goods, to pressurize Mexico to reduce the number of illegal migrants coming into the US, through the Southern border. But how could such a move solve the problem? Read the article


All you need to know about the OIC

Saudi Arabia hosted the summits of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Arab League. Aljazeera helps you know more about the OIC, the second largest inter-government organization after the United Nations. Read the article

China tells US provoking trade disputes is ‘naked economic terrorism’

‘We oppose a trade war but are not afraid of a trade war. This kind of deliberately provoking trade disputes is naked economic terrorism, economic homicide, economic bullying,’ Zhang Hanhui, China’s vice foreign minister says.  Read the article

Philippines ships 69 containers of rubbish back to Canada

The Philippines has followed through on its threat to send 1,500 tons of illegally dumped rubbish back on a boat to Canada, ending a six-year dispute between the two countries. Read the article

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