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Tag Archives: Africa

South Africa Issues Eskom Rescue Scheme, Problems Linger

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Officials in South Africa are planning a complete overhaul of the country’s power sector (Reuters). The goal is to break up electricity public utility Eskom company within the next three years (Reuters). Eskom has monopolized the electricity market in the country for nearly a century (Al Jazeera). Providing nearly 95% of the country’s electricity, the […]

First Russia-African Summit Held in Sochi

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Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted 43 African leaders in Sochi for the first Russia-Africa summit (AP). Putin spoke with African officials on establishing defense and trade agreements, and announced the relief of $20 billion in African debts (AP). Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russian leadership will improve the political influence of African leaders among […]

Representing GP and IRC in D.C.

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This past week, I took my pursuit of understanding global peace and security studies on the road. I attended, along with other UCF International Relations Club (IRC) members, the 11th annual conference of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) in Washington, D.C. The overall theme of the conference was […]

Chinese Investment in Africa

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Chinese President Xi Jingping at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, pledges another $60 billion to be used in Africa for development projects within the continent. Xi announced that the money will be used for initiatives including building more infrastructure and giving scholarships to Africans for education. China lent $125 billion to Africa between 2000-2016 (BBC). […]

Sudan Dissolves Parliament; Begins Cabinet Overhaul

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said that he plans to “form a lean and functioning government” as he began a complete government reform (ST). This reform included dissolving the current parliament, as well as eliminating nearly a third of the ministry positions within the government (Reuters). In addition, al-Bashir appointed Montazz Moussa as prime minister, and […]