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Op-ed. On World Refugee Day say yes to human mobility and no to Fortress Europe

Bruxelles – World Refugee Day is observed each year on June 20. On the eve of the EU Council that will gather European Heads of State in Brussels (June 22-23), Caritas Europa believes “that the EU and its Member States now have a choice, they can continue the outdated, harmful migration policies or they can help stop this tragedy by investing in a modern and dynamic welcoming Europe”. Op-ed by Leïla Bodeux, Policy and advocacy officer on asylum and migration policies at CaritasEuropa.

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The right to ‘eat’

Politics in many parts of Africa is often understood through a metaphor of eating – a point to which Jean-François Bayart drew our attention in his seminal 1989 publication, The State in Africa. In contrast to the social scientific discourse of corruption, the idiom of eating is more neutral and bespeaks necessity.

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An economic strategy for The Gambia

Recently I spent time in The Gambia, a country whose people overthrew a megalomaniacal, authoritarian and vicious President, Yahyeh Jammeh, in an extraordinary democratic moment, due to their courage and the timely supportive action of other countries in West Africa (and very little if at all due to support from major powers, apart from their role in placing some effective limits on prior abuses and eventually supporting a Security Council resolution that helped to legitimize the regional action).

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Why do opposition coalitions succeed or fail?

For the past two decades, the phenomenon of the opposition coalition has gained growing traction and interest across Africa. In 2000, a group of opposition parties in Senegal joined forces as the Sopi (or “Change”) alliance. Together, they defeated the incumbent president and ended 40 years of one-party dominance.

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With or Without The US, Africa Must Push Ahead With Paris Climate Pledges

The decision by President Trump to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change will be greeted with anger, dismay and incomprehension across the African continent. It comes as hunger on a massive scale is unfolding across East Africa, with drought and conflict leaving a record 26.5 million people in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment.

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G7 Summit. Julia Gillard: “We can change our current path and ensure education for every child”

Brussels – “We can change our current path and ensure we are educating every child”, Julia Gillard, chairwoman of the Global Partnership for Education, told to Afronline.org during her recent visit to Brussels, on the eve of the G7 Summit held in Taormina (Italy). In this interview, the former Australian Prime minister explains the work of the GPE in strengthening developing countries’ education systems and the risks the world is likely to face in next decades if millions of children don’t get quality education now.

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