Amid crises, frayed U.S. ties give China’s Xi political cover at home

16 August 2019, 4:01 PM
To the outside world, China's ruling Communist Party is confronting some of its strongest political and economic headwinds in decades.
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America’s options in Niger: join forces to reduce tensions, or fan the flames 3 November 2017, 10:44 AM

A US army team carry the remains of Sgt. Dustin Wright, one of the soldiers killed in Niger. Reuters/Aaron J. Jenne/US Air Force Yvan Guichaoua, University of Kent and Andrew Lebovich, Columbia University Numerous reports have appeared recently about beefing up US military presence in Niger, and potentially allowing American forces to more actively target […]

Finance minister fails to come up with the goods 30 October 2017, 2:09 PM

Given the gloomy political and economic environment in South Africa a great deal was expected from Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s first budgetary statement. The Conversation’s Sibonelo Radebe asked Owen Skae to rate the medium term budget statement What are your general impressions of the speech? The minister’s opening remarks were encouraging but in the final analysis, […]

Why African countries banning imports of fruit and veg is a blunt tool 20 March 2017, 8:09 AM

Zambia’s government has just banned the imports of some farm produce as a way of promoting the growth of the agriculture sector.

2010 World Cup – African Football denying realities, still 13 August 2010, 12:13 AM

Africa’s splendour reigns supreme in the eyes of the world after the successful organization and hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, but its shame and failure lurks in the shadows!