Africa Still Struggles with Miners Versus Farmers

The interaction between artisanal (small-scale) mining and agriculture in Africa still needs to be carefully considered by policy makers to ensure that people’s livelihoods and countries' export revenues aren’t threatened. It’s also important that the relationship between the two sectors be optimised to mutual benefit.

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There is Something in the Water in China

Water and energy are indispensable inputs to modern economies. However, in China these are both under threat. China’s per capita quantity of fresh water is only one-quarter of the global average and its sparse water resources are unevenly distributed across the country.

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The Complex Nature of a Nuclear Pledge

Barack Obama began his presidency with a dramatic gesture, which captured the world’s imagination and won him the Nobel Peace Prize. Speaking in Prague in 2009, he declared that the United States would work towards abolishing nuclear weapons. Since then, for over seven years, nothing has happened. Now that might be about to change.

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Saudi Arabia Plays a Balancing Act

It's possible that OPEC is crying wolf with hints of an output freeze next month in Algiers; but it's also possible that they are ramping up production to take the sting out of a freeze. This is a delicate balancing act that the Saudis need to play very carefully.

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Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people.
Wendell Philips
He who controls the money supply of a nation controls the nation.
James A. Garfield
The moment that government appears at market, the principles of the market will be subverted.
Edmund Burke