African Business Success is a Long-term Proposition

Impressive returns may await those who approach Africa with a long-term view

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Cecil the Lion and Zimbabwe’s Tragedy

The killing of Cecil the Lion was a senseless act, but far worse are the murders, political oppression, hunger, and economic devastation inflicted by Robert Mugabe’s government on the people of Zimbabwe

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19 Jun

Pope Francis, Climate Change, Science and Technology

Pope Francis may be the most widely admired pope in recent times, especially among non-Catholics, but his encyclical “On Care for Our Common Home” contains language and ideas that should give pause to rationalists of every political and religious persuasion.

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Landing an Airbus in the Jungle

I can recall when taking a flight in Africa would almost always give you a funny or hair-raising story to tell, even though paved runways were already standard issue in airports throughout the continent, but traveling around Africa is now pretty boring, which is a good thing.

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Dealing with Nigeria’s Jihadist Threat

About 10 days ago I sat at breakfast in Lomé, the capital of Togo, a sliver of a country in West Africa, watching French TV news of the capture, and what turned out to be false reports of the liberation, of seven French tourists in northern Cameroon by the Nigerian radical Islamist group Boko Haram. It was hard not to feel concerned about the future of this part of the world.

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Like a Ton of BRICS: Let’s Drop the Catchy Emerging Markets Acronymns

Eurasia Group founder and emerging markets guru Ian Bremmer has come around to the view that the BRICS construct is nothing more than a bunch of countries “united by a catchy acronym” and little else.

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Hillary’s African Safari: Where Idealism and Realism Collide

It must come as some reassurance to Mitt Romney that he is not the only would-be President who says remarkably silly things while visiting foreign lands. Last month Hillary Clinton, on a tour of sub-Saharan Africa, delivered a speech in Senegal in which she said that the United States would stand up for democracy and universal human rights “even when it might be easier or more profitable to look the other way, to keep the resources flowing.” In a barely veiled dig at China, she added, “Not every partner makes that choice, but we do and we will.”

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