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Sat,30Apr2016

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Liberia: Africa's unknown tax haven with much to lose

Photo©Emrah/AP/SIPAAs world leaders consider what to do about the revelations emerging from the Panama Papers, Liberia's government will be worrying about the fall-out that may cross the Atlantic Ocean from the affair.

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Empiricism: The first step towards imperialism

Hilary Whitehall PutnamOn March 13th this year, the world lost a renowned and influential philosopher called Hilary Whitehall Putnam.

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Ghana: To memory, not rubbish

Nana Yaa Ofori-Atta, Political analyst. Photo©All Rights ReservedEchoes of Ghana's past glory and shame bubbles to the surface as the murder of a prominent Ghanaian politician triggers painful memories of the death of his namesake J.B. Danquah almost exactly 51 years earlier, while another Nkrumah seeks to lead the proud West African nation. Amid the soulful reflection, a travelling Nigerian 'man of God' failed to remind his congregation that cleanliness is next to godliness.

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Finance: Credit Suisse's fishy deal

Recent loans have hurt the government but have benefited players inside and outside of Mozambique, says Jose Ivo Correia, Researcher at Centro de Estudos Moçambicanos e Internacionais.

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The new, weak fight for Nigeria's Biafra

Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader, has been refused bail on charges of treason and managing the affairs of an unlawful societyIn accordance with the wish of the Igbo people, Odumegwu Ojukwu declared an independent state in 1967. Many lives were lost in one of the bloodiest wars in the region. Fast-forward to 2015 and Nnamdi Kanu is leading the charge for an independent Biafra nation for the Igbos in a much-changed national environment.

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Horn of Africa States Follow Gulf into the Yemen War

Photo©ReutersIn the Horn, where cash-strapped regimes often teeter on the brink of financial survival and alliances are made and broken with bewildering regularity, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has found willing partners as Saudi-Iranian tensions escalate.

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