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January 10, 2019

Disasters
Averting Global Catastrophe: A New IIGG Blog Series

Nature and technology pose a worrying array of threats to twenty-first century civilization. These global menaces and the catastrophic risks associated with them are the subject of a new Internationa…

A mushroom cloud expands on the horizon.

January 10, 2019

Central Africa
In Africa, A New Tactic to Suppress Online Speech: Taxing Social Media

After protesters used social media apps to topple dictators during the Arab Spring, governments in Africa are adopting a new tactic to curtail their influence: taxing social media usage.

social media protest

December 29, 2017

Iran
The Iran Protests -- and The New York Times

In the last few days there have been anti-government protests all over Iran. The BBC reports this as of Friday night, in a story entitled “Iranian cities hit by anti-government protests.” Anti-g…

January 18, 2019

United States
Trump’s Tariffs Are Killing American Steel

“Our Steel Industry is the talk of the World,” President Trump tweeted in September. “It has been given new life, and is thriving.” Yet nearly a year after Trump slapped tariffs on imported st…

Trump’s Tariffs Are Killing American Steel

January 18, 2019

Oil and Petroleum Products
OPEC in a Changing World

Western leaders have long criticized OPEC’s power to raise oil prices, but the bloc’s influence is on the wane as U.S. oil production has soared and alternative energies have come to the fore.

OPEC

January 16, 2019

Religion
Giant of Religion in Africa, Dr. Lamin Sanneh, Passes Away

Recent obituaries published in both the New York Times and the Washington Post celebrated Dr. Lamin Sanneh'a enormous scholarly contributions to religion in Africa. He emphasized the role of African missionaries as well as European ones in the spread of Christianity throughout the continent.

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January 17, 2019

Russia
The Russia Sanctions Test in the U.S. Senate

A move to block sanctions relief has been defeated, averting a likely spike in global aluminum prices but also spotlighting the tough road ahead for Congress in shaping policy on Russia.

Mnuchin

January 17, 2019

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Opioid addiction in the United States has reached epidemic proportions, threatening not only public health but economic output and national security.

A man uses heroin under a bridge where he lives with other addicts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

December 11, 2018

South Africa
South Africa's New Director of Public Prosecutions

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa selected Shamila Batohi to the new national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) for a single ten-year term. As NDPP, Batohi will head the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), which, as its name implies, determines who to prosecute and who not to prosecute on behalf of the state. 

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January 17, 2019

China
Will China’s Currency Hit a Wall?

Worry about China’s slowing economy in 2019, not its balance of payments…

Will China’s Currency Hit a Wall?