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Fri,19Oct2018

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Big issues, small politics

Patrick Smith

Within hours of Xi Jinping and Barack Obama – who run the world's two largest carbon-producing economies – announcing in mid-November a groundbreaking pact to cut harmful emissions, the US Republican Party responded that it will use all its newfound power to block such an initiative.

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Two big men take a bow

Hannibal

Now that African leaders have told the EU what they really think about the Economic Partnership Agreements, the battle to replace AfDB chief, Donald Kaberuka is at full throttle. And with Lamido Sanusi out of the picture, there's everything to play for.

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A new face for racism in America

William Manful

It turns out not even the Obamas can avoid racial discrimination in America.

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The agile bed-ridden president runs

Anansi

From Ghana's election sleuths, John Kerry's conundrum, Algeria's surprisingly agile bed-ridden president, to Ethiopian students protesting against the import of a "globally fluent" city, yours truly brings you a mix of insider political gossip and backstory tidbits.

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Lessons in tough love from Ethiopia

Nicholas Norbrook

It seems obvious, but national leaders have a duty to play all competing interests off against another, to get the best outcome for the country. No permanent friends, just permanent interests, and all that.

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Defence against disorder

Patrick Smith

It's time for Africa to have a China policy, just as Beijing has an Africa policy. As Ebola cuts a devastating swathe, Africa should push its interests even harder. 

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