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Beware Americans bearing gifts

US ‘humanitarian aid’ ups the risk of violent conflict in Venezuela.
from New Internationalist on Feb 16, 2019.

Zimbabwe trying to bring back its own currency

After the failure of a surrogate bond note, Zimbabwe’s central bank is mulling the next step as US dollars disappear from circulation, prices rise and the economy stutters.
from Quartz Africa on Feb 16, 2019.

Nigeria elections: Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea

On Saturday, Nigerians will be forced to choose the lesser of the two evils once again.
from Aljazeera on Feb 15, 2019.

As Nigeria votes, Buhari moves from messiah to maligned

There was a time when Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari represented something deeply special. Today, those times are today a distant memory.
from Mail&Guardian on Feb 14, 2019.

Bad blood over ebola research

The export of thousands of samples of blood from the 2014-16 West African ebola outbreak has raised ethical questions about who benefits from medical research.
from African Arrguments on Feb 13, 2019.

Goodbye Philippines, hello Maharlika?

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is suggesting changing the nation's name one day to Maharlika to move away from the country's colonial links.
from The Straits Times on Feb 12, 2019.

Off-grid renewables bring power to remote South Asian villages

From mountain villages in Afghanistan and Bhutan to steep slope settlements in Nepal, small-scale solar and hydropower are bringing electricity to more and more communities.
from World Resources Institute on Feb 11, 2019.

Former British foreign secretary backs call for multibillion UK aid cut

A plan for a large cut in UK aid and closure of the Department for International Development have been made in a submission to a Foreign Office review of post-Brexit UK soft power.
from The Guardian on Feb 10, 2019.

The African Model: Asia’s path may not work, but there's an alternative

Labour-intensive export-led industrialisation worked for China, but Africa is not China. It must come up with its own strategies to reduce poverty.
from Africa Analysis on Feb 8, 2019.

Inside Zimbabwe's illegal abortion market: 'I nearly touched hell'

Zimbabwe’s tight abortion laws aren’t curbing demand, they’re driving them underground — and it’s about to get worse.
from Bhekisisa on Feb 7, 2019.
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