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Reality Check: Is China burdening Africa with debt?

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President Xi and African leaders at the FOCAC summit in Beijing, September 2018

Africa is facing a looming debt crisis, say leading development economists.

“Almost 40% of sub-Saharan African countries are in danger of slipping into a major debt crisis” according to the Overseas Development Institute, ahead of a major conference on debt being held in London this week.

And the relationship between African nations and China is often seen as a significant part of the problem.

Its critics say that major infrastructure projects carried out by Chinese companies in Africa are too…

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David Goldblatt and the everyday reality of South African racism – in pictures | Art and design

David Goldblatt considered himself a documentarian rather than an artist, and the central concern of his work was apartheid. But rather than the brutal, visceral horrors, his photographs captured the apparently mundane details of daily life in a country ruled by racism, and the result is an eerie, unsettling insight into everyday moral compromise. Now, Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art presents David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948-2018 – a retrospective already commissioned when the artist died in June – that takes in the full scope of Goldblatt’s seven decades of work, from his famous series On the Mines to never-before-seen pieces from his personal archive. Here is a preview of what’s on show.

David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948-2018 is showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art,…

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Ethiopian cardinal hopes synod addresses African youth’s reality: ‘question is survival’

Vatican City — One of the African prelates taking part in the Catholic Synod of Bishops on young people says he hopes the gathering will address the stark realities of poverty, migration, and conflict being experienced by youth on his continent.

“The question … in Africa for the youth is not what we talk [about] much here in the synod,” Ethiopian Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel told NCR.

“The real question is survival,” Souraphiel said in an Oct. 11 interview.  “In [the] African context, it is survival: what you have to eat, to dress, and whether you get shelter.”

“The modern challenges we hear, say from Europe or the Americas, about loneliness, about suicide or drugs, and generational differences between young people and the elders … that’s not happening…

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St Vincent and the Grenadines on the brink of making medicinal cannabis a legal reality

Saboto Caesar, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry and Labour in St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Chair of the National Medicinal Cannabis Industry Committee

By Robertson S. Henry

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — Since the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) took a step toward the establishment of a modern medical cannabis industry, through the tabling of three draft Bills on September 6, 2018, there has been a flurry of legal activity.

Select Committee meetings have been ongoing and have been well attended over the past two weeks in the capital city of Kingstown. At those meetings, which take place in the House of Parliament, both opposition and government members of Parliament, along with representatives of various…

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Letter: Minister Gopee-Scoon’s “hold on” remarks are callous and out of touch with reality

Dear Sir:

The minister of trade and industry, Paula Gopee-Scoon’s advice to businesses to “Hold on for another year” is callous and out of touch with reality.

Speaking at the launch of the Gasparillo Chamber of Commerce last Saturday, Minister Gopee-Scoon told the audience present to “hold on for another year or so while we get out of (these trying times)”.

Businesses do not need the minister of trade to tell them to “hold on”. ‘Hold on’ is what every small business owner, which makes up most of the businesses in South and Central Trinidad, have been telling themselves for the past three years. Moreover, they want to hear a concrete plan by the government as to what they are doing to help the economy grow.

Does the minister think people can tell their bank…

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Reality Check: How does Africa trade with the EU?

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Prime Minister Theresa May’s trip to Africa has generated vigorous debate about how easy trade is between Africa and the EU and whether the UK can keep the same arrangements or even lower barriers.

The European Union’s critics sometimes invoke the presence of tariffs – effectively taxes on imported items – on African goods when they accuse it of being a protectionist club or racket.

So how much is there to this?

The relatively simple element is the EU’s arrangement for a group of nations known as Least Developed Countries (LDCs.)

Of these LDCs, there are currently 33 in Africa – most of the countries on the continent. These “are low-income countries confronting…

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