Dear Obama: Corruption Isn’t Just Africa’s Problem
July 30, 2015
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What the U.S. president didn’t say in his big Nairobi speech.
What’s behind Beijing’s drive to control the South China Sea? (Guardian Long
Published July 28, 2015
Copyright The Guardian A satellite image of Chinese land reclamation on Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands. Photograph: DigitalGlobe/Getty Images Howard W French Tuesday 28 July 2015 06.00 BSTLast modified on Tuesday 28 July 201515.16 BST On 26 May, CNN broadcast an unusual clip of a US navy intelligence flight over the South China Sea. The P-8A Poseidon surveillance plane – one of the newest weapons in the Pentagon’s arsenal – had taken off, with a CNN reporter on board, from Clark airbase in the Philippines, once part of America’s largest overseas base complex during the cold war. After about 45 minutes, the plane reached its first target – which had, until recently, been an obscure, almost entirely submerged feature in the Spratly Island group. …
The Plunder of Africa: How Everybody Holds the Continent Back
Published June 17, 2015
African countries’ unequal relationships with powerful international financial organizations and large multinational firms help explain the “resource curse” so frequently lamented in discussions of the continent’s economies. Rather than issuing from some mysterious invisible force, the curse is to a large degree the product of greed and the disparities in leverage between rich and poor—and its effects are undeniable. Burgis quotes a 2004 internal IFC review that found that between 1960 and 2000, “poor countries that were rich in natural resources grew two to three times more slowly than those that were not.” Without exception, the IFC found, “every country that borrowed from the World Bank did worse the more it depended on extractive industries.”
Gayle Smith, President Obama’s nominee for a key post reveals the bankruptcy of Washington’s thinking on Africa.
Published May 27, 2015
As Washington loses ground to other global players in Africa there is a desperate need for something different, for new ideas. Gayle Smith’s background is bound up in past failures and in a lowering of the United States’ sights in that part of the world.
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