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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 […]

Political Gridlock In The United States Over ObamaCare: Signals The End Of American Financial Supremacy

Political Gridlock In The United States Over ObamaCare: Signals The End Of American Financial Supremacy

The inability of the political system in the United States to enact needed reforms in entitlements, is an indication how dire the issue of governmental debt, has become for Americans. The present trajectory in the cost of popular social programs is simply unsustainable, yet political gridlock has become the mainstay of the national government. It […]

Wealthy Qatar Remains Defiant In The Face Of Arab Sanctions

Wealthy Qatar Remains Defiant In The Face Of Arab Sanctions

In the beginning of June, the nations of Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates collectively imposed a trade and travel boycott against their neighbor Qatar. Nearly two months later, Qatar remains defiant, in the face of sanctions and has refused to comply to 13 demands, of fellow Arab nations. […]

Montenegro Joins The Western Military Alliance Of NATO Despite Controversy

Montenegro Joins The Western Military Alliance Of NATO Despite Controversy

The last piece of real estate on the Adriatic and the only northern part of the Mediterranean Sea, that did not belong to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) was Montenegro. On June 5th, the former Balkan republic of Yugoslavia, became the 29th member of the Western military alliance, over Russian objections and internal political controversy. […]

The United States Federal Budget Not Based On Reality Under Both Presidents Obama And Trump

The United States Federal Budget Not Based On Reality Under Both Presidents Obama And Trump

The United States has been accumulating debt at an enormous rate. The federal debt effectively doubled during the Obama Administration. The interest on the debt in the federal budget, is one of the fastest growing allocations, despite historically low interest rates. It already consumes $266 billion USD (United States Dollar) annually. The federal deficit for the […]

Protests In French Guiana Highlight Economic Inequality And Lack Of Growth

Protests In French Guiana Highlight Economic Inequality And Lack Of Growth

The independence movements that swept Africa, Asia and Latin America after World War II failed to inspire the people of French Guiana toward similar action. Even when neighboring Guyana separated from the United Kingdom in 1966 and Suriname became independent of the Netherlands in 1975, French Guiana elected to stay as part of France. In […]

China’s New Economic Silk Road: The Belt And Road Initiative

China’s New Economic Silk Road: The Belt And Road Initiative

For the 21st century President Xi Jinping of China has proposed a new economic Silk Road, that will reconnect his country with Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Dubbed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), it will have an economic impact on three billion people and will create the biggest global market. This new trade […]