In the wake of the horrific attack last month on a Florida high school, the discourse of these past few weeks have focused on how to best protect American children and citizens from violent harm and particularly in regards to firearms.
Last week, President Donald Trump publicly praised entrepreneur Elon Musk at a cabinet meeting, applauding the Tesla and SpaceX leader for his work in producing aeronautical technology and rockets.
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.
This D.C. ain’t your grandfather’s D.C. – that’s one very understated way of putting it.
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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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.