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COMMENT: Nature vs. infrastructure

Environmentally reckless growth is not preordained; it is possible to make smart, sustainable choices COMMENT | MAXWELL GOMERA |  In November 2017, scientists working in Sumatra, Indonesia, made an exciting announcement: they had discovered a new species of orangutan, bringing to seven the number of great ape species globally. But one year later, …

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GLOBAL COMMENT: Globalisation 4.0 for whom?

Popular anger in many countries’ politics in recent years is rooted in the failure of neoliberalism GLOBAL COMMENT | WINNIE BYANYIMA | Imagine a world in which women and girls have their rights respected, climate change receives the attention it so urgently requires, and poverty has been eliminated. Never before …

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COMMENT: Danger in Bank of Uganda probe

COSASE shouldn’t sacrifice economic stability at the altar of publicity as it could collapse the economy COMMENT | SIMON MUTUNGI | The Chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) Abdu Katuntu (MP Bugweri County) rejected President Yoweri Museveni’s advice to hold the committee proceedings …

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COMMENT: Beyond GDP measurement

We have to know what matters to people, improves their wellbeing, and how we can supply it more COMMENT | JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ | Just under ten years ago, the International Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress issued its report, Mismeasuring Our Lives: Why GDP Doesn’t Add …

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COMMENT: Unlocking public wealth

With professional, politically independent management, a country could earn from its commercial assets COMMENT | DAG DETTER | After World War I ended, Havana emerged as one of the world’s most vibrant cities. During the first half of 1920, rising sugar prices and a favourable global environment meant that credit and …

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COMMENT: Building Africa’s scientific talent

Discovering them means rethinking the entire education system in Africa around three priorities COMMENT | DANIEL MUNDEVA | Ten years ago, South African physicist Neil Turok made a bold prediction: the world’s next Einstein will be from Africa. A decade later, it is worth considering whether the continent is any closer …

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COMMENT: The G20’s Africa problem

Rather than include Africa in discussions about trade, the G20 addresses narrower development issue COMMENT | COBUS VAN STADEN | This has not been an easy year for the G20. The 2018 summit of the leaders of the world’s largest economies was held in Buenos Aires, a city still reeling from …

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