International Affairs

South Sudan: More Than Half of South Sudan's Population Facing Food Crisis - Sat, 23 Feb 2019
[VOA] Three leading United Nations agencies warn that more than half of South Sudan's population is suffering extreme hunger, and humanitarian aid is urgently needed.

Zimbabwe: Govt Approves 37 Marijuana Investors - Sat, 23 Feb 2019
[The Herald] Victoria Falls -Government has approved 37 investors who have shown interest to produce cannabis (mbanje or dagga) for medicinal or scientific purposes. This follows last year's decision by Government to legalise cannabis production. Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Deputy Minister Vangelis Haritatos said Government was overwhelmed by applications after more than 200 foreign and local investors showed interest in venturing into production of cannabis in the country.

Nigeria: Nigeria Retains Top Spot As Africa's Largest Economy - Sat, 23 Feb 2019
[The Exchange] Wes African nation Nigeria has been named Africa's largest economy for the second year in a row, citing its economic prowess in the continent, multinational professional services network PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) disclosed.

South Africa: Hundreds in Tshwane Left in the Dark After Substation Struck By Lightning - Sat, 23 Feb 2019
[News24Wire] Hundreds of Tshwane residents were left in the dark on Friday night after the Brakfontein substation went up in flames following a lightning strike.

South Africa: Eskom Was the 'Main Theatre Where Corruption and State Capture Was Taking Place' - Mabuza - Sat, 23 Feb 2019
[News24Wire] When Eskom board chairperson Jabu Mabuza took office at the state-owned entity in January 2018, he found that it was the "main theatre where corruption and state capture was taking place".

Adrift in Afghanistan - Wed, 03 May 2017

As the war in Afghanistan drifts back into the public spotlight, Senior Fellow Gayle Tzemach Lemmon argues that five “urgent questions must be answered about the near- and long-term future of the fight.” The United States must clarify its definition of stability and success in Afghanistan, determine whether the Taliban, ISIS, or both is the enemy, discuss how many troops are needed on the ground, and create plans for stemming the loss of life among Afghan forces and for bringing an end to the war.

Making Chile Great Again - Wed, 03 May 2017

Since its return to democracy in 1990, Chile has been heralded as Latin America’s exception, writes Shannon O’Neil. But in the present, “this tranquillity has come to an end, and the economic and social consensus of the postauthoritarian years has crumbled.”

A Vision of Trump at War - Wed, 22 Mar 2017

Writing in Foreign Affairs, Philip Gordon offers a vision of howPresident Trump could stumble—through bluster, wishful thinking, and miscalculation—into war with Iran, China, and North Korea.

World Order 2.0 - Wed, 15 Feb 2017

There is growing tension between President Trump’s America First doctrine and building order in an interconnected world, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.

Egypt’s Nightmare - Mon, 13 Feb 2017

The single-minded pursuit of the Muslim Brotherhood has become the guiding principle of Egypt’s foreign and domestic policies, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. These policies, however, are proving counterproductive and destabilizing to the lives of Egyptians as well as Gazans, Libyans, and Syrians.

Issue Guide: Fidel Castro - Sat, 26 Nov 2016

Fidel Castro, who died on November 25, was one of the most prominent figures of the Cold War and an adversary of ten consecutive U.S. presidential administrations. This reading list considers the legacy of his nearly fifty years in power, including the Cuban Missle Crisis, the U.S. economic embargo, and the years following the Cold War.

Iran Nuclear Deal’s ‘Implementation Day’ - Sun, 17 Jan 2016

The confirmation by UN monitors that Iran has complied with the deal to dismantle large parts of its nuclear program lifts major sanctions and ushers in a new era for the Middle East. This issue guide offers analysis and background.

Issue Guide: 2016 State of the Union Address - Mon, 11 Jan 2016

Catch up on the issues President Obama will focus on in his final year with this State of the Union reading list.

Issue Guide: Iran Nuclear Talks - Fri, 26 Jun 2015

As the deadline looms for the completion of a deal to limit Iran's nuclear program, this issue guide provides background on the diplomatic progress and stumbling blocks, and possible consequences of an agreement.

Issue Guide: Greece's Debt Crisis - Mon, 15 Jun 2015

Five years after the onset of its sovereign debt crisis, Greece once again finds itself on the precipice of default and a departure from the nineteen-member eurozone. This reading list provides expert background and analysis of the crisis.

Venezuela’s collapse eclipses post-Soviet crash - Thu, 14 Feb 2019
A 54% plunge in economic output exceeds previous communist meltdown

Bolsonaro's financial guru - Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Brazil’s new finance minister Paulo Guedes brought credibility to the presidential c…

Brazil economy minister vows sweeping reforms - Sun, 10 Feb 2019
Paulo Guedes promises pension and tax changes and to push through privatisations

Whisper it, but there’s good news on Brazilian pension reform - Fri, 08 Feb 2019
Investors see overhaul of bloated pension plan as crucial for country’s economic fortunes

Is Chile a Brexit seer? - Fri, 01 Feb 2019
Agreement with the UK aims to protect trade relationship between the two countries

Fine warning as HMRC delays tax return penalty letters - Sat, 23 Feb 2019
Tax experts warn people could be hit by higher fines over the late warnings.

Housing costs: Five surprises explained - Sun, 24 Feb 2019
Some assumptions about the UK's housing sector may no longer be true. Here are five that may surprise you.

Ministers spend £100m on Brexit consultant contracts - Fri, 22 Feb 2019
The government has agreed £104m of Brexit consultancy and other contracts since the referendum.

Kraft Heinz shares fall as appetites wane - Fri, 22 Feb 2019
The food giant's stock hits a record low after it writes down the value of key brands.

US and China extend trade talks - Fri, 22 Feb 2019
US President Donald Trump says a deal is "more likely" than not.

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