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Foreign Policy

Mali Needs a Marshall Plan, Not a Military Regime

Mali’s military has staged a coup, taking President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cissé into custody near the capital, Bamako. The situation is reminiscent of the 2013 French military intervention that was prompted by a coup, the flight of the then-president, and the success of an al Qaeda affiliate that nearly overran the country. All those factors are at play once again, seven years later.

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Business Live (South Africa)

Services deserve a place in the sun as Africa’s free trade talks go virtual

Liberalisation of trade in services is as important as goods for the welfare of African countries

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The Conversation

Covid-19 – How the Lockdown Has Affected the Health of the Poor in South Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked substantial damage on human lives and the economy in South Africa. But the impact of the measures used to combat the pandemic, such as lockdowns, have not been even. The pandemic has likely worsened the income inequalities that characterise the country’s economy.

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Punch NG

SOKAPU lampoons ACF as chair says North faces hardest times

The Chairman of the northern socio-political organisation, the Arewa Consultative Forum, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has assessed security challenges in the North and concluded that life has not been so tough in the region as it is now.

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The East African

Why Equity Is Keen On Tightening Grip On DR Congo Market

After acquiring two Congolese banks, Kenyan lender Equity Group Holdings is now a force to reckon with in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Counterpunch

World Bank’s Rating Obsession Will Negate Debt Justice – CounterPunch.org

The international financial system’s reliance upon credit ratings – usually based on dubious premises – needs urgent rethinking. The Covid-19 pandemic is just one of the catastrophes leaving many low-income countries – and soon middle-income countries – unable to service foreign debts. Yet, the World Bank and IMF continue squeezing poor countries on behalf of commercial lenders, failing to provide the debt cancellations desperately needed.

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Mongabay

Madagascar minister calls protected areas a ‘failure,’ seeks people-centric approach

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — Madagascar’s protected area network has failed to improve the lives of people, the country’s environment minister observed at a recent meeting, setting the stage for an overhaul of how protected areas are managed.

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The Guardian

Fashion’s dirty secret: how sexual assault took hold in jeans factories

At one of the biggest garment factories in Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho, the managers never hired enough regular workers to complete the clothing orders that flooded in from Europe and the US. Instead, every morning, a few hours after the sewing machines had started whirring, a male supervisor would stroll out to the factory gates where dozens of women waited. As he approached, they would surge forward, pressing themselves close to the railings and calling out their names.

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Quartz

Some of Africa’s most important heritage will be lost to climate change without intervention

Very few academics or policy makers are talking about the impact of climate change on heritage. Yet heritage is essential for social wellbeing, for identity creation, for safeguarding traditional knowledge and livelihoods and for sustainable development.

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Mail and Guardian

Protecting women on campuses is a priority

The University of the Witwatersrand and the country at large, mourn the death of Asithandile “Kwasa” Zozo, a 20-year-old student who was stabbed to death on August 17 by a man alleged to be her partner. Her crime? She refused to commit to a relationship with him.

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