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Archive June 2016

Brexit: Shock, confusion hit East Africa too

East African economies are bracing themselves for the consequences of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Central banks said they needed to monitor the immediate impact of the vote on money markets, before they could begin to consider interventions to tame volatility.

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Towards 2030: Financing development in Africa

This special issue of Pambazuka News brings you analysis and commentary by experts, most based on the continent, outlining what it will take for Africa to achieve its much sought after transformation in the post-MDGs era. The year 2015 saw three international summits, from which emerged an overarching framework for ensuring global sustainable development in the post-MDGs era, and agreement on mechanisms for financing the efforts towards attainment of the goals and targets therein.

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Ethiopia-Eritrea: The Cry of the Imburi

The 12 June 2016 exchange of artillery fire along the heavily militarized frontier between Ethiopia and Eritrea could be just one of the periodic skirmishes between the two States. However, it could be the first signs of a flare up of violence. There have been calls from the United Nations and African Union officials for “restraint” but as yet no steps for real conflict resolution.

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Zambia: Government closed dow The Post

The Government of the Republic of Zambia closed down Post Newspapers Limited. The Zambia Revenue Authority officers, under instructions from State House, arrived at Post Newspapers head office and printing press around on 21 June 17:00hours in the company of armed police, demanding that the company pays a total of K68 million (US$6.1 million) disputed tax arrears immediately.

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Democracy in East Africa loses out as governments battle opposition

A look at the region’s political scene reveals the grim struggle between those in power and those who oppose them, in a way that augurs ill for the political pluralism they have all subscribed to, at least on paper. The gap between the written constitutional provisions, which set up multi-party dispensations, and what happens on the ground grows wider every year.

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What If Turkey Drops Its “Human Bomb” on Europe?

Rome – Will the rapid–though silent escalation of political tensions between the European Union and Turkey, which has been taking a dangerous turn over the last few weeks, push Ankara to drop a “human bomb” on Europe by opening its borders for refugees to enter Greece and other EU countries?

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