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Côte d’Ivoire is making vital gains in countering violent extremism

No major terrorist attacks have been reported in northern Côte d’Ivoire over the past two years, which indicates that its approach to addressing the problem has been effective. With so many other countries in West Africa still facing a growing threat, what is this country doing right? Côte d’Ivoire’s border region with Burkina Faso came … Read more

Don’t be fooled, Putin’s absence from the Strategic Offensive may only be temporary

The wave of relief that swept the country after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not attend the BRICS summit in person was evident. Putin, wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes related to the organized kidnapping of Ukrainian children, is a global pariah and responsible for the invasion … Read more

India’s decision to ban rice exports increases the risk of rising global food prices

India officially announced A ban on rice exports On Thursday, July 20th. But it doesn’t cover all rice categories as some analysts, myself included, initially feared. It is mainly a ban on non-basmati and broken white rice. However, this affected group is significant. It accounts for 45% of the 22 million tons of rice that … Read more

SA averts economic disaster as Putin skips BRICS summit

After months of speculation, a decision has finally been made – Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in August in South Africa. This “get out of jail” card eliminates the need for Pretoria to decide this embarrassing diplomatic and legal dilemma. In March, the … Read more