UN peacekeepers were directly responsible for the 2010 cholera outbreak that claimed the lives of more than 9,000 people in Haiti. Before leaving office in December, former UN Sec-General Ban Ki-moon finally admitted “moral” responsibility.
Donald Trump was sworn into office as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, January 20, 2017. In his inauguration speech, the new president raised the spectre of a dystopian “American carnage” full of “rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation” and “crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.”
Last week, outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama returned to Chicago and delivered his grateful farewell to the American people. Read the full text of Obama’s farewell speech as provided by the White House.
Africa’s tax avoidance crackdown nets US$260m as continent loses billions to “illicit financial flows”
There is nothing to celebrate about the US$260 million Africa recently netted by cracking down on tax avoidance. The figure pales in comparison to the billions the continent losses to “illicit financial flows” every year thanks to corporate tax avoidance by multinational corporations, corruption by African officials, and African countries’ weak audit capacities.
Four decades of underestimating Mugabe: how the British never expected he would win Zimbabwe’s 1980 election
Robert Mugabe’s controversial landslide victory over longtime political rival Morgan Tsvangirai during Zimbabwe’s 2013 election translated into “the biggest defeat for the United Kingdom’s policy in Africa in 60 years.”
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