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For Africa, Chinese-built internet is better than no internet at all

The need for web access has driven African countries to Huawei despite U.S. concerns. Amy Mackinnon The Chinese telecommunications company Huawei has made huge inroads in Africa in recent years even as the United States urges its allies around the world to avoid working with the firm over cybersecurity concerns. Huawei has built about 70 percent of

Five Eyes intelligence sharing has Failed to combat white nationalist terrorism

Van Jackson New Zealand may appear to be a paradise in the Pacific, but it is afflicted by many of the problems facing other liberal democracies, such as a rising suicide rate and deep socioeconomic inequalities with no clear solution. To this list of shared problems, tragically, one can now add white nationalist terrorism. The terrorist attacks in Christchurch

AFRICOM commander calls for diplomatic push in Africa as US pulls troops from continent

John Vandiver The United States needs higher level political engagement in Africa to counter China’s growing influence even as the military cuts back troop levels on the continent, U.S. Africa Command’s commander told lawmakers Thursday. About 300 counterterrorism troops have been pulled from Africa in connection with a strategy shift that calls

China-US tech war will make or break a world safe for interdependence–Report

Nathan Gardels One of the deeper insights to emerge from the Berggruen Institute’s 21st Century Council gathering in Beijing in December was offered by Pascal Lamy, the former head of the World Trade Organization. When trade relations with China involve information technology, Lamy observed, there is a cultural clash that goes beyond

‘We won’t denuclearize unless US removes threat’–N/Korea

North Korea said Thursday it will never unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons unless the United States first removes what Pyongyang called a nuclear threat. The surprisingly blunt statement jars with Seoul’s rosier presentation of the North Korean position and could rattle the fragile trilateral diplomacy to defuse a nuclear

Creating an effective strategy to combat terrorism

Terri L. Wilkin Terrorism will not be erased any time soon because terrorist acts are one way that individuals who lack resources, manpower and weaponry can advance their cause. While terrorist attacks do not always succeed, there are enough successes to ensure that terrorism will continue in the future. To effectively fight

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights!

Ajamu Baraka The post-WW II promise of human rights was a compact meant for white people only, but a People-Centered Human Rights framework seeks global liberation and transformation. “If human rights are to have any incredibility, any “universal” applicability, any value, they must be seized from the barbaric grip of European and de-colonized.” “…recognition

Boko Haram: Concern mounts over possible mutiny within Nigerian military

Tension is rising among the top hierarchy of the Nigerian military as fears continue to spread of an imminent rebellion among the rank and file,  writes Samson Folarin and Tobi Aworinde of The Sunday Punch   Our correspondents, who spoke to four senior officers, including a Major General, learnt that many of the soldiers, especially those

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