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A Marshall Plan for #Africa should prioritize Family Planning

A Marshall Plan for #Africa should prioritize Family Planning

| July 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

At this month’s G20 summit, Germany secured a major injection of private investment for Africa as a way to curtail mass migration to Europe. The drive was a win for German chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been driving a campaign for a new Marshall – or “Merkel” – Plan for Africa following the realization that […]

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#DRC:  Pre-trial violence raises the stakes in Congo’s political crisis

#DRC: Pre-trial violence raises the stakes in Congo’s political crisis

| July 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s a disturbing development that has passed almost unnoticed by all but a few members of the Western media – and that’s exactly how would-be president for life Joseph Kabila wants it. This Wednesday, on the eve of a hearing that has major implications for the political future of the DRC, shots were fired on […]

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#Kazakhstan ambition: To rid the world of war

#Kazakhstan ambition: To rid the world of war

| July 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has unveiled perhaps his most ambitious initiative ever: to rid the world of war.With continued world anxiety about the nuclear threat posed by the rogue regime in North Korea, this is an objective that merits genuine commendation. The central Asian nation has, in fact, been working on reducing international nuclear tensions […]

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Keeping the curtain raised: Defending #transparency in Europe

Keeping the curtain raised: Defending #transparency in Europe

| July 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Corruption scandals appear to have engulfed Europe, sparking massive protests from Russia to Romania. A wave of anti-corruption public sentiment no doubt paved the way for Macron to win France’s presidency after his rival was accused of embezzlement, and other countries are quietly working on their own anti-corruption campaigns. But as the FT’s Tony Barber […]

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Will IARC revisit its #glyphosate monograph?

Will IARC revisit its #glyphosate monograph?

| June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Fresh revelations have raised the heat on the European Commission’s decision last month to re-initiate the procedure for extending the market authorization for the popular weed killer glyphosate. A recent investigation by Reuters revealed that the International Agency on Cancer Research (IARC) failed to take into account the findings of a major study that found […]

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#Kazakhstan: A model of inter-ethnic tolerance and social harmony

#Kazakhstan: A model of inter-ethnic tolerance and social harmony

| June 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

With the continuing turmoil in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East, the West is searching for allies and countries of stability to fight violent extremism. Step forward Kazakhstan, a country that has actually been promoting a “dialogue of civilizations” for some years. While it only gained independence in 1991 Kazakhstan inherited a unique system […]

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New schools: #LearningForLife in 21st century

New schools: #LearningForLife in 21st century

| June 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

In the aftermath of the Brexit vote, the election of Donald Trump to the highest seat in American politics, and a widespread resurgence of populist politics across Europe and the US, the West seems to have been delivered a wake-up call: issues of unemployment, underemployment and the struggles of the working class remain, despite appearances, […]

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