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Is Trump likely to face criminal prosecution after leaving office?

In the final days of his presidency, Donald Trump may have exposed himself to criminal prosecution after he leaves the White House. First he repeatedly pressured a state official to “find” enough votes to overturn his defeat in Georgia in the 2020 election. Then he incited a violent pro-Trump mob …

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The attempted coup in America

Of all the disturbing elements of yesterday’s attempted coup, perhaps the most distressing is how utterly unsurprising and predictable it was. “This is not who we are,” tweeted U.S Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) Donald Trump, Jr., the president’s eldest son, echoed those thoughts.  “This is wrong and not who we are,” he tweeted. But, …

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How the shea tree can alleviate poverty and empower women in northern Ghana

The shea tree is promising to be a panacea to the abject poverty in northern Ghana. Since its discovery in the 14th century, the tree has helped to fight food insecurity, treat diseases, body care, among other uses. Regarded as “women’s gold”, over three million rural women in Ghana rely …

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Why Ghana’s strong democratic credentials have profound implications for the youth

Congratulations are in order to the people of Ghana for peaceful elections. Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns with political vigilantism, Ghana’s political actors, national institutions, civil society organisations and the public at large showed their commitment to deepening democracy and to preserving peace and stability in …

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Another historic election in Ghana, but not much would change after

Since Ghana adopted constitutional democracy in 1992, every four years after that have marked momentous events as political parties and individuals compete for votes in presidential and parliamentary elections. This year isn’t any different, it comes with its own unique set of expectations. There are 12 presidential candidates, but only …

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Time for African countries to take a stand against tax abuse

For African countries the impact of changes in US administrations are not always self-evident. However, as with other developing countries, there are prospects of Africa benefitting from renewed multilateralism, not only in climate and health issues such as responding to global pandemics, but also on the question of illicit financial …

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Universal ratification of ILO Convention on worst forms of child labour is positive for Africa’s children

The ILO Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour has become the first international labour standard ever to achieve universal ratification. This historical achievement reflects a global consensus that the worst forms of child labour are unacceptable, and an affront to our common values. That when children …

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Fact or fiction: How one’s perspective of data influences decision-making

I had the privilege of attending the Seventh Meeting of the Statistical Commission for Africa held online from October 13-15, 2020 that was sponsored by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).  The meeting assembled Heads of African National Statistical Offices from member states; and statistics and policy experts …

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What a Biden win would mean to the world

Donald Trump

On the US election day in 2016 I was in Johannesburg, South Africa, attending the African Investigative Journalism Conference hosted by WITS University. As can be remembered, it was a momentous election with high stakes. A politically inexperienced businessman with lots of questions about his capabilities, Donald Trump, and a …

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