Why Africa still needs aid
April 5th, 2013
09:04 AM ET

Why Africa still needs aid

By Bob Geldof, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Bob Geldof is a member of the Africa Progress Panel, chaired by Kofi Annan, and a musician, businessman and campaigner against poverty. The views expressed are his own.

With the U.K. becoming the first G-8 country to spend 0.7 percent of its gross national income on overseas aid, the government’s recent budget was an exciting moment for the international development community.

But with extreme poverty falling all around Africa, and the continent’s mineral resources providing more revenue now than international aid, some observers are asking whether international aid is out of date.

Africa needs trade, not aid, they say. In truth, however, they still need both.

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Topics: Africa • Aid
5 election nail-biters
November 5th, 2012
02:56 PM ET

5 election nail-biters

By GlobalPost

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The 2012 presidential election is certainly going down to the wire, with polls and pundits alike calling it...well, too close to call.

Though Americans are on the edge of their seats waiting to see who will take the presidency, this isn’t the first time two politicians have been locked in a nail-biter of a U.S. election.

1. 1916: Woodrow Wilson and Charles Hughes 

Incumbent Obama could look to Woodrow Wilson for inspiration. Wilson, a democrat seeking a second term against Charles Evans Hughes, was staring down the barrel of World War I, which had been sweeping though Europe for two years leading up to the election. Wilson had respected America's desire for neutrality, and campaigned on the slogan “He kept us out of war,” Yahoo Voices reported.

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Topics: 2012 Election
November 2nd, 2012
11:25 AM ET

How international election observers rile some states

By Jean MacKenzie, GlobalPost

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“If Obama is re-elected, we will move more and more toward one world,” said Bonnie Re, an election worker in Boca Raton, Florida.

The prospect did not excite the co-chair of the Boca Raton chapter of the Romney Express, an organization dedicated to helping the former Massachusetts governor become president of the United States.

America is special, she emphasized, and did not need to interact with other countries on the basis of equality. One act of Barack Obama’s really stuck in her craw.

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Topics: 2012 Election • Elections
August 24th, 2012
12:33 PM ET

Morsi vs. Egypt's Press

By Erin Cunngingham, GlobalPost

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Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s new president, appears to be taking a page from Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s old strongman. A court remanded the editor-in-chief of a local newspaper Thursday on charges of “insulting the president” in a move Egyptian journalists say is pitting Morsi’s government against Egypt’s free press in a way that is reminiscent of the authoritarian regime protesters ousted last year.

Late Thursday, Morsi issued a law that protects journalists from temporary detention while they await trial. But the charges still stand.

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Is al-Assad winning the propaganda war in Syria?
Analysts say that for Bashar al-Assad, the key to winning the media war is not credibility, but a strong, consistent message.
August 20th, 2012
02:55 PM ET

Is al-Assad winning the propaganda war in Syria?

By Ben Lynfield, Global Post

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One image of the Syrian conflict that has resonated widely in the West is that of corpses, including those of children, who have fallen victim to government attacks.

But a far more heroic image of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's security forces is being fostered by the regime’s own media, part of a determined effort to keep up morale as fighting continues to rage in Aleppo and other cities.

Nightly on state television, pictures are shown of children kissing soldiers or being hoisted aloft by them, with a patriotic song, “This is the Nation’s Army,” playing in the background.

On August 1, Armed Forces Day, a picture of a small boy in a scouts uniform, saluting and handing a red rose to a wounded soldier on his hospital bed, led state media coverage. It was complemented by reports from across Syria of citizens paying blustery tributes to the army for, in their words, shielding the nation from the sweeping international conspiracy against it.

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Singapore: World’s richest country by 2050?
August 15th, 2012
12:12 PM ET

Singapore: World’s richest country by 2050?

By Patrick Winn, Global Post

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If you enjoy peering inside the minds of the world’s super rich, take a look through the 2012 “Wealth Report.”

Compiled by Citibank, and a property consultancy called Knight Frank, it’s a lengthy analysis based partly on interviews with the super rich. (Definition: people with more than $25 million in investable assets.)

Yes, the report contains musings on why yacht sales are down and the pros and cons of buying a sports franchise. But that’s not the most interesting part.

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Topics: Economy • Singapore
August 9th, 2012
12:28 PM ET

China’s ‘millennials’ face same job struggle as America’s

By Benjamin Carloson, Global Post

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Whether you call them jiu ling hou – the “post-’90s generation” – or millennials, things are not so different for recent college graduates in China and the United States.

Derided in both countries as spoiled, selfish and entitled, yet struggling to find decent work, they belong to generations whose high expectations for comfort and prosperity have been thwarted by economic trends.

In America, the class of 2012 faces crippling student debt, declining wages, and 9.9 percent unemployment rate for college graduates under 25 years old – all against the backdrop of a lingering national downturn.

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Topics: China • Economy • United States
Why U.S. would get sucked into war if Israel strikes Iran
August 1st, 2012
10:21 AM ET

Why U.S. would get sucked into war if Israel strikes Iran

By Malou Innocent and Ehud Eilam, Global Post

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed that Hezbollah – the Lebanon-based, Iranian-backed, politico-military terrorist organization – was responsible for the suicide bombing in Bulgaria that killed five Israeli tourists. Amid ongoing U.S. and Israeli threats to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities, the bombing raises a critical concern about any potential conflict: a very capable Hezbollah, together with Iran, would likely strike back hard – and not only in the Middle East – drawing the United States into another prolonged and bloody conflict in the Muslim world that it doesn’t need. Such a scenario should make those advocating war with Iran take pause.

War-weary Lebanese don’t want their country turning into another battleground against Israel. Hezbollah would also risk alienating its predominately Shiite political constituency. But the ideological and financial ties between top leaders in Tehran and Hezbollah could trump such considerations, especially in the event of an Israeli or Israeli-U.S. attack on fellow Muslims in Iran.

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Topics: Iran • Israel • Middle East • Palestinian Authority • United States
July 20th, 2012
01:48 PM ET

Is Europe's border drone plan a potential asset or a waste?

By James Neild, Global Post

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It’s summer in the Mediterranean. Sun seeking holidaymakers lounge on sandy beaches, glittering yachts glide into and out of quaint old harbors and packed cruise ships hop between idyllic islands.

But it’s no holiday further out at sea, where migrants float crammed together in rickety boats or cling to sinking rafts, some choking on their final breaths as they and their dreams of finding a better life in Europe perish under the sparkling water.

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Topics: Europe • Human Rights • Immigration
July 18th, 2012
04:49 PM ET

Joseph Kony: Always one step ahead

By Ashley Benner and Kasper Agger, Global Post

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Since late 2010, the Central African Republic (CAR) army has deployed two soldiers in a remote area of the country’s southeast to pursue the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA.

The destitute conditions of their mission illustrate one of the biggest challenges in the effort to end the 25-year conflict that has devastated parts of Central and East Africa.

The two soldiers were sent without any supplies. They spent most of their time collecting firewood and food, while surviving largely on humanitarian aid and provisions given by the Ugandan Army. The one radio they had could be turned on just once a day, due to limited power from a small solar panel.

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Topics: Africa
July 3rd, 2012
09:09 AM ET

Germany wants more female fighters

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By Siobhan Dowling, GlobalPost

The German military is changing. What was once a male bastion has slowly been taking on a more female hue, with women accounting for almost one in 10 of those serving in the armed forces.

Now the military, or Bundeswehr, says it wants to see even more women in its ranks. “Currently 9 percent of all soldiers are women,” Chief of Staff Volker Wieker told Bild am Sonntag this month. “Our goal is a combined ratio of 15 percent.”

To achieve that, the army intends to make itself more attractive to female recruits, in particular by improving family-friendly structures. Yet problems persist. FULL POST

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Adopt a Syrian rebel? Websites raise cash for opposition
With an average price of $1,000 for a Kalashnikov rifle and $4 per bullet, the plea for funds is never ending.
June 22nd, 2012
01:36 PM ET

Adopt a Syrian rebel? Websites raise cash for opposition

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By Tracey Shelton, GlobalPost

Ahmed Assi dodges bullets and missiles on a regular basis.

The 24-year-old has been shot at, wounded, hunted down, imprisoned and tortured. He has spent many months camping in the Syrian mountains “Che Guevara style.”

But Assi is not a rebel fighter. He is a Syrian journalist — with a political agenda.

“I make my jihad by words, not by violence,” he said.

His mission is not just to tell the world about the plight of Syria's rebel forces, but also to raise money, which the rebels use to buy more of whatever they might need. Assi works for one of several dozen websites that have popped up in the last year to raise cash for activists and rebels working inside Syria to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

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