Today's empires are born on the web, and exert tremendous power in the material world.
Many African countries continue to creep along a predetermined path that takes them away from any real possibility to defend their sovereignty and meet the needs of their people.
The military targeting of civilian infrastructure, especially of water supplies, is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions, writes Nafeez Ahmed. Yet this is precisely what NATO did in Libya, while blaming the damage on Gaddafi himself. Since then, the country's water infrastructure - and the suffering of its people - has only deteriorated further.
2014-12-29: These are not the best of times to be one of China's massive, state-owned steel mills. The domestic economy is slowing, competition is increasing, and there's widespread disgust and impatience with the smog pouring out of their stacks. In short, their lucrative business model for the past three decades is slowly dying. So what’s a manager of a Chinese steel mill to do? Move to South Africa.
Bistecche sintetiche, maionese senza uova, spaghetti in 3D, latte iperproteico. Le biotecnologie rivoluzionano l'alimentazione. In un pianeta sempre più famelico )
China, with its rapidly urbanizing population, is the world's biggest importer of wood products. And in its dealings with Mozambique, it is increasingly buying timber that is illegally harvested, according to a new report (pdf). The nonprofit Environmental Investigation Agency compared Mozambique's official harvest numbers to global import numbers and calculated that 93% of Mozambique's timber was illegally harvested in 2013, up from 76% in 2007-and most of that goes to China.
Why the French intervention in Mali? Last week, French daily Le Monde asked this question of André Bourgeot, specialist on Sub-Saharan Africa with France's National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS
A roadside stall in Nairobi selling signs Towards the end of last year the company I work for sent me to Kenya for two weeks. I ...
Co-written with Obadias Ndaba, who is a regular commentator on African affairs. Originally from DRC and then Rwanda, he has worked in Rwanda, Kenya a...