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How the Rand Exchange Rate Volatility Affects the South African Economy?

December 1, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, Global Capital Markets, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Matthew Kofi Ocran While the South African rand has historically been characterised with high volatilities, the recent levels of gyrations of the currency, particularly against the US dollar has been quite unprecedented. How does this volatility affect South Africa’s economy?   There are 36 countries in the world that follow a floating exchange

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Becoming Better Positioned to Lead the Africa Growth Story

October 14, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Zipho Sikhakhane Africa remains an attractive investment region for the global investor. The businesses that will reap the most benefit from the “Africa rising era” are the ones who can localise effectively and can capitalise on intra-Africa trade.

Implications of Islamic Finance in Africa’s Socio-Economic Development

October 7, 2016 • FINANCE & BANKING, Governance & Regulation, Middle East & Africa, Responsible FinanceComments (0)

By Basheer Oshodi Africa, a continent which still feels the scars of slave trade, the wounds of colonialism and apartheid, the disaster of neo-liberalisation, and the proliferating neo-patrimonial governance structure. With unblemished evidence that the IMF

Assad’s Death Warrant

September 19, 2016 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Americas, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Mike Whitney The conflict in Syria is not a war in the conventional sense of the word. It is a regime change operation where the main driver of the conflict is the country that’s toppled more than 50 sovereign governments since the end of World War 2,

Erdoğan’s Coup: Purging Domestic Critics, Gaining External Allies

August 5, 2016 • Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By James Petras Faced with enemies and adversaries at home and overseas, Erdoğan decided on a dual strategy of improving his ties abroad, especially his links with Russia and Israel while launching a total war on domestic critics. You might also like: How

Understanding the Numbers: The Lives of Syrian Refugees

July 29, 2016 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Middle East & Africa, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Jeffrey H. Cohen The life of a refugee is not easy. At least 6.6 million Syrians had been internally displaced, and nearly 5 million Syrians have fled their homeland. Yet these facts tell us little about what they are doing. You might also like: Life After

Post-Brexit Africa

July 1, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Special Focus on BrexitComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock Whatever its final impact, in the short-term the UK’s EU referendum will increase global economic uncertainty, market volatility and economic risk. In Africa, most scenarios will prove costly, particularly among those economies highly

Turkey Faces A Fateful Crossroad

June 6, 2016 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, Middle East & AfricaComments (1)

By Alon Ben-Meir Turkey’s strength has thus far been its ability to project itself as a country that has found a balance between a democratic form of government and Islam as the state religion. Serious questions are being raised as to whether Turkey can, in

The Dirty War on Syria: No Popular Uprising

February 4, 2016 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, International Relations, Editor’s Choice, Americas, Middle East & Africa, Unprotected PostComments (5)

By Tim Anderson The world has been deceived over the conflict in Syria. It was always a ‘regime change’ dirty war and never a popular uprising. The root of the deception was a cabal of western governments, media and NGOs on a war footing and using

Durability before Democracy: Why Stability is Elusive in the Middle East

February 4, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, International Relations, Editor’s Choice, In-depth, Middle East & Africa, Unprotected Post, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Sean Yom In this article Sean Yom discusses how the lack of permanence of Middle Eastern governments means that democracy is for the time being elusive. You might also like: Life After Trump Demonetisation: A Few Disturbing Questions Trump’s Great Game: