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Kyrgyzstan's Presidential Election is expected to be free and fair - but the campaign hasn't been plain sailing.
10/16/2017
Kyrgyzstan Election: Democratic Chaos? | Raddington Report

Kyrgyzstan's Presidential Election is expected to be free and fair - but the campaign hasn't been plain sailing.

Kyrgyzstan's Presidential Election will take place tomorrow. It is expected to be free and fair - but the campaign hasn't exactly been plain sailing.

Could making China less reliant on debt be the biggest challenge Xi has ever faced? Via WSJ
10/16/2017
China’s Greatest Challenge

Could making China less reliant on debt be the biggest challenge Xi has ever faced? Via WSJ

The country’s financial system has fueled its debt-driven growth and reforming it may be Xi Jinping’s toughest task.

Iraqi forces have begun attempts to seize the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk and surrounding oil fields; via NYTimes
10/16/2017
Iraqi Forces Begin Assault Near Kurdish-Held City of Kirkuk

Iraqi forces have begun attempts to seize the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk and surrounding oil fields; via NYTimes

American officials call for calm as Iraqis move in and Kurds vow to defend the city and oil fields at the center of their bid for independence.

U.S. strategic and tactical nuclear weapons will undergo extensive modernization in the coming years; Via CFRhttps://buf...
10/13/2017
U.S. Nuclear Weapons Modernization

U.S. strategic and tactical nuclear weapons will undergo extensive modernization in the coming years; Via CFR
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U.S. strategic and tactical nuclear weapons on land, in the air, and at sea, will undergo costly and extensive modernization in the coming years.

The decline of Boko Haram has seen one Nigerian security threat replaced with another. What is this new threat?
10/13/2017
Nigeria's Next Security Threat | Raddington Report

The decline of Boko Haram has seen one Nigerian security threat replaced with another. What is this new threat?

In the slow demise of Boko Haram a new, larger scale security risk has emerged: militarised Fulani herdsmen

10/13/2017

According to reports, the Iraqi Army has launched a major offensive in Kirkuk province; Via Conflict News

African governments and companies need to watch out, as the Brits may turn from friends to foes.
10/12/2017
Britain Hacks Its Way Through Africa Once More | Raddington Report

African governments and companies need to watch out, as the Brits may turn from friends to foes.

Documents published by Le Monde late last year have highlighted the way that the digital communications revolution, which has given half of Africans a mobile phone, has also made the continent’s businesses...

With the threat of Catalonian independence, a number of businesses have already begun leaving the province; Via CNN
10/11/2017
Spain split? These companies are leaving Catalonia

With the threat of Catalonian independence, a number of businesses have already begun leaving the province; Via CNN

The threat of being cut off from Spain has prompted a series of companies in Catalonia to move their head offices to other parts of the country.

ISPs in the US have the ability to sell user data; what does this mean for online privacy?
10/11/2017
ISPs and the Customer Data Goldmine | Raddington Report

ISPs in the US have the ability to sell user data; what does this mean for online privacy?

Over the course of a few days in March 2017, the position of internet service providers (ISPs) in the US was altered. Senator Jeff Flake (R. AZ) sponsored a little-known — and before Trump…

A statement by Rex Tillerson on the President's new immigration policy, which is 'focused on keeping Americans safe'
10/11/2017
President's New Immigration Priorities

A statement by Rex Tillerson on the President's new immigration policy, which is 'focused on keeping Americans safe'

The President's new immigration priorities are focused on keeping Americans safe, ensuring our sovereignty through strong borders, and preserving our country as a nation of laws. The first duty of the federal government is to provide for the national security of the American people, and President Tr...

Can President Akufo-Addo make his party's headline One District, One Factory policy more than a pipe dream?
10/10/2017
Can Ghana’s One District-One Factory Initiative Take Off? | Raddington Report

Can President Akufo-Addo make his party's headline One District, One Factory policy more than a pipe dream?

Campaigning on the promise of mass industrialization and restoration of Ghana’s status as international development’s blue-eyed boy, the New Patriotic Party government of President Nana Akufo-Addo…

A debate about old & new generations of leaders is in swing ahead of Liberia's election; what is really going on?
10/10/2017
Liberia's Clash of Generations | Raddington Report

A debate about old & new generations of leaders is in swing ahead of Liberia's election; what is really going on?

A fierce debate about old and new generations of political leaders is in full swing ahead of Liberia's election. But what issues lie underneath the surface?

Initially maligned amongst motorsports purists, Formula E is proving hugely enticing for manufacturers. Why?
10/09/2017
Formula E for Success | Raddington Report

Initially maligned amongst motorsports purists, Formula E is proving hugely enticing for manufacturers. Why?

Initially maligned amongst motorsports purists, Formula E is proving hugely enticing for manufacturers.

After a Consulate employee was arrested last week, the US and Turkey have ended non-Immigrant visa services; Via CNN
10/09/2017
United States and Turkey mutually suspend visa services

After a Consulate employee was arrested last week, the US and Turkey have ended non-Immigrant visa services; Via CNN

Both the United States and Turkey have suspended all non-immigrant visa services for travel between the two countries, after last week's arrest of a US consulate employee in Istanbul.

Venezuelan Civil War seems worryingly close. What can be done to prevent a Maduro dictatorship? Via Foreign Affairs
10/08/2017
How to Avoid a Venezuelan Civil War

Venezuelan Civil War seems worryingly close. What can be done to prevent a Maduro dictatorship? Via Foreign Affairs

Venezuela is dangerously close to slipping over the precipice. It is time for regional states to provide an off-ramp.

Long term US strategy in Syria remains unclear. Will the US withdraw from the region after the defeat of ISIS?
10/08/2017
Trump's Syrian Dilemma | Raddington Report

Long term US strategy in Syria remains unclear. Will the US withdraw from the region after the defeat of ISIS?

The long term US strategy in Syria remains unclear. Will the Trump administration withdraw from the region after the defeat of the Islamic State?

"In Africa, we find that the older people do not want to give young people a chance to lead.”
10/07/2017
Liberia's Clash of Generations | Raddington Report

"In Africa, we find that the older people do not want to give young people a chance to lead.”

A fierce debate about old and new generations of political leaders is in full swing ahead of Liberia's election. But what issues lie underneath the surface?

This Bloomberg Profile tells the story of the rise of Xi Jinping, China's premier.
10/07/2017
Xi Jinping

This Bloomberg Profile tells the story of the rise of Xi Jinping, China's premier.

There are many faces to Xi Jinping, the most powerful Chinese leader in decades. There’s tough-guy Xi, cracking down on corruption and overhauling the world’s biggest military. There’s statesman Xi,…

Syria’s reconstruction cannot be meaningfully shaped by Western donors—at least not to satisfactory political ends.
10/06/2017
Don't Fund Syria's Reconstruction

Syria’s reconstruction cannot be meaningfully shaped by Western donors—at least not to satisfactory political ends.

Syria’s reconstruction cannot be dictated or meaningfully shaped by Western donors—at least not to any satisfactory political ends.

Hungary, Poland, Slovakia & the Czech Rep. are battling with the EU over migrant quotas, but something's got to give
10/06/2017
Eastern Europe vs. The EU | Raddington Report

Hungary, Poland, Slovakia & the Czech Rep. are battling with the EU over migrant quotas, but something's got to give

Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are battling with the EU over migrant quotas - but soon, something's got to give.

UK stocks have been boosted by strong performances from mining companies and airline Easyjet; via MarketWatch
10/06/2017
U.K. stocks regain luster as miners, easyJet climb

UK stocks have been boosted by strong performances from mining companies and airline Easyjet; via MarketWatch

U.K. stocks march higher on Thursday, a day after narrowly breaking a five-session winning run, as miners advance on the back of a rally for all major metals.

Investigations have revealed that the 2013 data breach meant all Yahoo accounts were breached. Via Sky
10/05/2017
Yahoo: All three billion accounts hit by 2013 data breach

Investigations have revealed that the 2013 data breach meant all Yahoo accounts were breached. Via Sky

It was initially said that one billion accounts were affected but further investigation has shown the problem to be much worse.

The Hong Kong Market looks to phenomenal opportunity - but is is all it seems? Via WSJ
10/05/2017
Sorry, the Hong Kong Market Isn’t Really a Bargain

The Hong Kong Market looks to phenomenal opportunity - but is is all it seems? Via WSJ

Testing 10-year highs, Hong Kong’s benchmark Hang Seng looks cheap beside bubbly U.S. indexes—but it’s no bargain unless you really like Chinese banks and one particular tech company.

The Catalan question is bringing Spanish - and European - stocks lower; via Marketwatch
10/05/2017
Spanish stocks lead Europe lower as Catalonia dispute intensifies

The Catalan question is bringing Spanish - and European - stocks lower; via Marketwatch

European markets declined on Wednesday, with Spanish stocks leading the way south after Catalonia officials reiterated their pledged to declare independence in coming days.

A home-made device exploded overnight near a police station in Cameroon's restless English-speaking region, where separa...
10/04/2017
Home-made bomb explodes in restive Cameroon region

A home-made device exploded overnight near a police station in Cameroon's restless English-speaking region, where separatist leaders have launched a campaign for independence, concurring sources said on Tuesday.

A home-made device has exploded near a police station in Cameroon's restless English-speaking region, where separatist leaders have launched a campaign for independence.

Fake news is leaving more and more Americans about the reality of hard facts; via Pew Research
10/04/2017
Many Americans Believe Fake News Is Sowing Confusion

Fake news is leaving more and more Americans about the reality of hard facts; via Pew Research

About two-in-three U.S. adults say fake news stories cause a great deal of confusion about the basic facts of current issues. And nearly a quarter say they have ever shared completely made-up news.

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