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  • Unstable at home, no friends abroad

    Published: 4/12/2016
    ‘Africa is shaped like a revolver, and the Congo is the trigger.' More than half a century after the former Belgian Congo gained independence in 1960, these words attributed to Frantz Fanon still ring ... Read more
    Source: mondediplo.com
  • DRC'S Kabila refuses to go

    Published: 4/12/2016
    Joseph Kabila should vacate the presidency this month, but there has been no election nor any hope of one. He has made it clear he's not budging. The banner backing President Joseph Kabila outside the ... Read more
    Source: mondediplo.com
  • True and false friends

    Published: 4/12/2016
    Modern transactional relationships only pretend to the depth that once was friendship. The word friendship once evoked noble bonds between Greek heroes or writers with shared ideals. Now it's a common ... Read more
    Source: mondediplo.com
  • A clear view across the country

    Published: 4/12/2016
    Kerry James Marshall paints black America. He's a calm eye and a cool intellect in an overheated nation where clarity is, now especially, under strain. The artist relates to tradition with good manner ... Read more
    Source: mondediplo.com
  • Rewriting Balkan history

    Published: 4/12/2016
    Croatia and Serbia are inventing new pasts as a foundation for very nationalist futures. It's been claimed that Winston Churchill said the Balkans ‘produce more history than they can consume'. This su ... Read more
    Source: mondediplo.com
  • Who's on the ground in Syria

    Published: 4/12/2016
    Behind the fluid alliances among Syrian rebels there are shifting, sometimes fragile, groups that have some surprising affiliations. The large number of different armed groups taking part in the battl ... Read more
    Source: mondediplo.com
  • Ukraine topples Lenin's statues

    Published: 4/12/2016
    Kiev has decided to write the Soviet Union out of the country's past, at the cost of lauding murderers and denying local history. The Kiev city council announced in July that Moscow Avenue was to be r ... Read more
    Source: mondediplo.com
  • Trump, the know-nothing victor

    Published: 4/12/2016
    The right, and not just in the US, has managed to turn anti-elitism into anti-intellectualism, to make people resent the smugness of ‘cultural elites'. At least there's one country where elections pro ... Read more
    Source: mondediplo.com
  • The year of the outsider

    Published: 4/12/2016
    Democrats relied on, even insisted on, a political insider to win an election just when the country wanted yet another transformational change. In a stunning victory that echoed the Brexit vote, Donal ... Read more
    Source: mondediplo.com
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