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After Cambridge Analytica, What Are The Regulatory Risks To Facebook?

Thanks to a combination of luck, as other major stories were few the past few days, and a still volatile attitude towards Big Tech in the political world, Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal has gone from what could have been a seemingly relative minor incident to one that is both threatening Facebook's business model and suddenly increasing regulatory concerns for the company. Zuckerberg even issued a rare public apology, as users are deeply troubled by this seeming breach of privacy.

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What Democratic Republic of Congo’s Mining Reform Means for Africa

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has undertaken a bold reform in its mining sector. This month, DRC’s its president Joseph Kabila signed into law a new mining code that increases royalties and taxes that mining companies pay. This happened even in the face of strong objections from international mining companies operating in DRC: Glencore, Randgold, China Molybdenum and Ivanhoe.

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UK Facing Strong Headwinds

Can the EU affordto be tough over Ireland? 

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Crops or Carats? The Unattended Tensions between Miners and Farmers

The interaction between artisanal (small scale) mining and agriculture in Africa still needs to be carefully considered by policy makers to ensure that people’s livelihoods and countries’ export revenues aren’t threatened. It’s also important that the relationship between the two sectors is optimised to mutual benefit.

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Can Mining and Agriculture Go Together?

The interaction between artisanal (small scale) mining and agriculture in Africa still needs to be carefully considered by policy makers to ensure that people’s livelihoods and countries' export revenues aren’t threatened. It’s also important that the relationship between the two sectors is optimised to mutual benefit.

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Brazil: The Downfall of a Great Prodigy

Brazil’s economy is witnessing one of the fastest reversals of fortune in the emerging world. Political uncertainty and endless corruption investigations are the main reasons behind the country’s economic turmoil. Has the Brazilian economy reached the bottom, or will it continue to fall even further? The country’s best chances of slowing its recession are still one year away. The recent deep cuts proposed by the Brazilian interim government suggest worrying signs for the future.

9 months

A Global Transition in Power

The United States' strategy has been to isolate Russia internationally. Evidently, it is Washington that is becoming more isolated on the global stage. This week in the run-up to the G20 summit in Germany, the reverse in fortunes could not be more glaring.