Trump Wants to Dismantle Wall Street Reform. Here’s What That Could Mean for…Congo

27 July 2017 | Carol Jean Gallo

The Trump administration’s hostility toward the 2010 Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (aka the Dodd-Frank Act) should come as no surprise, given Trump’s campaign promise to dismant...

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Security Links: An Emerging Congressional Common Ground on Climate Change?

26 July 2017 | Lauren Herzer Risi

Earlier this month 46 House Republicans voted with Democrats to protect an amendment in the current National Defense Authorization Act that acknowledges that “climate change is a direct threat to t...

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Conflict Minerals: Descending into Conflict: Tech Minerals Finance War

25 July 2017 | Richard Brown, Raconteur

The next time you’re struck down with “power anxiety” over your mobile phone’s depleted battery, spare a thought for the mistreated children toiling away in deepest Africa who mine the cobalt...

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China/Vietnam/South China Sea: China-Vietnam South China Sea Spat in the Spotlight

25 July 2017 | Prashanth Parameswaran, Diplomat

On July 24, the BBC cited both a Southeast Asian oil industry source and a Vietnamese diplomatic source as confirming that Hanoi had terminated a gas-drilling expedition that had begun last month in a...

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Afghanistan: Nangarhar Poultry Farm Industry Growing Despite Problems

25 July 2017 | Yousuf Zarifi, Pajhwok Afghan News

The establishment of around 2,500 poultry farms in eastern Nangarhar provinces has met domestic need and generated thousands of jobs for people. However, the farm owners complain the government is pay...

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To Fight Global Water Stress, U.S. Foreign Policy Will Need New Strategic Tools

25 July 2017 | Anuj Krishnamurthy

Capable of upending rural livelihoods, compromising institutions of governance, and inducing new patterns of migration and crime, global water stress has emerged as one of the principal threats to U.S...

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Afghanistan: Trump Finds Reason for the US to Remain in Afghanistan: Minerals

25 July 2017 | Mark Landler and James Risen, New York TImes

President Trump, searching for a reason to keep the United States in Afghanistan after 16 years of war, has latched on to a prospect that tantalized previous administrations: Afghanistan's vast minera...

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Afghanistan: Studies Identify Significant Problems in the Mining, Good Governance and Migration Sectors in Afghanistan

24 July 2017 | Ahmad Masoud, Khaama Press

The Governance Forum Afghanistan initiative was financed by the German government through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH or GIZ. A consortium, spearheaded by the Afg...

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Myanmar: How Jade, the Precious Stone, Is Funding Ethnic Conflicts in Myanmar

24 July 2017 | Angshuman Choudhury, WIONews

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is a country with many names. Yet, ‘land of jade’ remains the most evocative of all, at least for the distant observer. But, behind this otherwise benign sobriquet, t...

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South Sudan: Locals Bring Clean Water to South Sudan

24 July 2017 | Mike Donahey, Time Republican

Peace, freedom from hunger, and clean water do not come easy to South Sudan, the world’s newest country. South Sudanese desperately want all. Fortunately for a remote village, a gro up of Central Io...

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