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Peru reels from a failed impeachment and a divisive pardon

Ever since Marcelo Odebrecht, the former CEO of Latin America’s largest construction company, confessed that his firm had paid US$788m in bribes in 12 countries in Latin America and Africa; the spotlight has turned...
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Weaving a ‘new tapestry’: When May met Macron

Rarely have France and Britain prospered concurrently. From the Normans to Napoleon, France and Britain have traded global influence for centuries. Not much has changed aside from the scale of the power. The rhetoric was...
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Will El Salvador ever see justice for the El Mozote massacre?

Despite the estimated 32 cases of human rights abuses that occurred during the Salvadoran Civil War (1979-1992), the incidents in the village of El Mozote and the surrounding department of Morazán will always be...
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Bolivia: Relatives rejoice as ex-president found guilty of civilian massacres

There is an Aymara proverb which artfully invokes the idea that returning to the past can trace a path into the future: 'Qhiparu nayraru uñtas sartañani' - 'Looking back, we will move forward'. Over 15...
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Trade and geopolitics push Japan and China together

It was supposedly a quiet conversation that kicked off a diplomatic thaw. On the sidelines of the 2017 Asia Pacific Economic Corporation meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke with Chinese...
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EU spies role for Ghana in preventing migration

On the February 9, 2018, Queen Mathilde of Belgium arrived at the University of Ghana to host a talk alongside Ghanian President Akuffo Addo on the topic of the country's sustainable development goals. Also in attendance...
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Macron and India: Why his visit mattered

On 10 March, French President Emmanuel Macron landed in India for a four-day visit. Coming off the heels of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s rather botched visit to India, this mission was seen as an...

Spaghetti roads and bullet trains: A history of Zimbabwean elections

In a prescient 2012 paper, Martin Dawson and Tim Kelsall suggested that hopes for better governance in Zimbabwe were nothing short of naïve. Rather, the authors proposed that “the most powerful elite groups will realise...
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South Africa’s relationship with big business

Delivering his Christmas message, South Africa's newly elected African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to build an inclusive South African economy - unwittingly admitting the failure of his own party. Despite having been in...

Family separation: Fear, loathing and human rights on America’s southern border

It is easy to see Trump’s handling of his ‘family separation’ policy on America’s border with Mexico as self-contained episode. In early June Trump and his Attorney General instituted a policy of separating the...

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