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South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world. Here’s why.

October 29, 2019

Long after the end of political apartheid, economic apartheid persists in South Africa. Despite its commitment of billions of dollars to a social-investment fund intended to alleviate poverty among black nationals, South Africa is still among the most economically unequal countries anywhere. According to a World Bank report, the top 1% of all South Africans […]

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There may be a solution to Africa’s plague of fake medicine

October 24, 2019

Between 40 percent and 70 percent of all medicine sold in Africa is fake, but a crackdown on the illicit trade by the tiny West African nation of Benin is inspiring new action across the continent. In fact, Benin’s capital of Cotonou was the site of a 2009 declaration in which a panoply of heads-of-state […]

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Anti-government protests in Haiti are not letting up

October 23, 2019

Haitian president Jovenel Moise, though still supported by allies such as the United States, has been confronted by huge, violent protests since February. Armed with sticks and stones, protestors are now taking their main demand — that Moise step down — directly to his home, by marching on his official residence and in one case […]

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She used a hidden camera to document sexual abuse in West African universities

October 18, 2019

Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu was a respected professor at the elite University of Lagos, as well as a Christian minister. He is also a sexual predator. As part of the BBC News “Sex for Grades” investigation, journalist Kiki Mordi, posing as a prospective student, brings a hidden camera into his office to reveal a terrifying abuse […]

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Brazil’s anti-corruption ‘Car Wash’ crusaders are now mired in their own scandal

October 1, 2019

Research and writing by Mark Bonta and Josh Wilson It was supposed to be the mother of all corruption investigations. Now, the Lava Jato (“Car Wash”) crusade — which swept out of Brazil’s construction and petroleum industries to encompass more than a dozen countries, hundreds of politicians and billions of dollars — is itself bogged down in […]

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Millions have gone missing from a quake recovery fund in Mexico

September 24, 2019

In September 2017, Mexico City was rocked by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in which over 200 people died in building collapses. The high death toll was blamed on lax building codes, and a lack of effective regulation and government oversight of the construction industry. [RELATED: “Corruption blamed for hundreds of deaths in Mexico City earthquake”] […]

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