WHY THE AFRICAN UNION WANTS TO BE MORE LIKE THE EU

Newsweek Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi poses for the camera during a meeting with kings, princes, sultans and the sheikhs of various tribes of Africa in Benghazi on August 28, 2008. Qaddafi started pushing for an African Union based loosely on the EU back in 1999.MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/GETTY Libyan dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi, killed by rebels in 2011,…

Why is Africa so poor while Europe and North America are so wealthy?

Washington Post A few years ago, two economics professors, Quamrul Ashraf and Oded Galor, published a paper, “The Out of Africa Hypothesis, Human Genetic Diversity, and Comparative Economic Development,” that drew inferences about poverty and genetics based on a statistical pattern. The world’s most genetically diverse countries (using their measure of what counts as genetically…

HOW DID WE END UP HERE?

By Par Charlie Hebdo, Charlie Hebdo For a week now, experts of all kinds have been trying to understand the reasons for the attacks in Brussels. An incompetent police force? Unbridled multiculturalism? Youth unemployment? Uninhibited Islamism? The causes are numerous beyond counting and everyone will naturally choose the one that suits best their own convictions. Law…

THE NEW ‘SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA’

Newsweek BY MICHAEL RUBIN ON 3/8/16 AT 10:18 AM Chinese President Xi Jinping (front L) poses with Zimbabwe’s leader Robert Mugabe (2nd R) and South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma (C) at a summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, December 4, 2015. China is investing heavily in Africa, unlike the U.S.SIPHIWE SIBEKO/REUTERS OPINIONAFRICAU.S. AFRICA RELATIONS This article…

How to See a Famine Before It Starts?

The Atlantic An animal carcass rots in the drought-affected Siti region of Ethiopia.Abiy Getahun / Oxfam Thanks to El Niño, some parts of Ethiopia are currently facing the worst drought in 30 years. More than 10 million people in the country will likely need food aid this year. Over the weekend, UN Secretary General Ban…

What the world will be in 2050?

Independent 1. By 2050, India will have overtaken the US as the world’s second largest economy It’s also projected that the gap between the three biggest economies, China, India and the US, and the rest of the world will widen over the next few decades. 2. The UK will no longer be among the top…