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Austria Moving To The Right: A Microcosm Of The Political Shift In Europe

Austria Moving To The Right: A Microcosm Of The Political Shift In EuropeForeign Minister Kurz and Chancellor elect.

The election results in Austria, are a significant trend that is now being witnessed throughout Europe. Political elites in the European Union (EU), will soon attempt to dismiss the outcome there as an outlier. They refuse to acknowledge, that a seismic political shift to the right, has occurred among the increasingly conservative European electorate. The […]

Economic Sustainability For The Caribbean In The Post European Colonial Era

Economic Sustainability For The Caribbean In The Post European Colonial Era

The arrival of British troops in a number of overseas territories of the United Kingdom following two destructive hurricanes, were a welcome sight to the island’s residents. The northeastern portion of the Caribbean has sustained substantial damage, over a period of several days in September. The military contingent sent to Anguilla, Turks and Caicos as […]

Catalonia In Spain May Pave The Way For Other Independence Movements In Europe

Catalonia In Spain May Pave The Way For Other Independence Movements In Europe

The declaration of independence from Spain by Catalonia this month, sets a precedence that is likely to be repeated elsewhere in Europe. As the memories of war and economic deprivation from the middle of the last century fade, the resurgence of nationalism should of been expected. The violent crackdown by the Spanish government to head […]

Joseph Kabila Clings To Power In The Congo, As The Economy And Civil Order Collapses

Joseph Kabila Clings To Power In The Congo, As The Economy And Civil Order CollapsesJoseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Joseph Kabila has been President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 2001. He took office just ten days, after the assassination of his father. Politics is a family affair in Congo. Now seventeen years later, he clings to power as the country plunges into civil war again and the economy slows considerably. Although […]

Namibia: The End Of Rapid Growth Helps Populism To Rise

Namibia: The End Of Rapid Growth Helps Populism To Rise

Namibia had one of the best performing economies in Africa. As late as 2015, growth was still a respectable 5%. Late last year, the economy was growing just barely at 0.1% and has since stalled. This puts the government of the country, in a politically difficult decision. Populism is on the rise, in the ruling […]

Angola: Elections Will Fail To Deliver Needed Change As Dos Santos Era Finally Ends

Angola: Elections Will Fail To Deliver Needed Change As Dos Santos Era Finally Ends

Since independence from Portugal in 1975, the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has led the country. Parliamentary elections have consistently delivered large majorities, to the ruling party. After 38 years in power, President Jose Eduardo dos Santos is finally leaving office. Yet, the change the country so desperately needs, will remain unlikely. […]

South Africa: Economic And Political Stagnation As President Zuma Clings To Power

South Africa: Economic And Political Stagnation As President Zuma Clings To PowerPresident Jacob Zuma, the 4th President of South Africa, in office since 2009.

Earlier this month, South African President Jacob Zuma survived the eighth attempt by the National Assembly to remove him from power. As head of the African National Congress (ANC), the party that led the country away from apartheid, Zuma was able to win election in both 2009 and 2014. His tenure has been increasingly afflicted […]

Elections in Kenya: Tribalism And Violence Continues To Undermine Democracy

Elections in Kenya: Tribalism And Violence Continues To Undermine Democracy

This will be the 6th presidential election for Kenya, since the end of the one party state in 1991. The electorate will also be deciding on a new parliament. The voting results will have a major impact not just domestically, but throughout the region. The country remains both an economic and political leader for East […]