January 2016

  • Space Shuttle Columbia - Photo Credit: NASA

    Pilot Edition

    In this Pilot Edition of Freedom Observatory our contributors address the Trans Pacific Partnership, risks for emerging markets in 2016, e-waste globally, and anti-corruption initiatives in China.

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  • Stock Exchange By Katrina.Tuliao, via Wikimedia Commons

    Africa, China, & Emerging Markets: It’ll be a Risky 2016

    The impact of rising interest rates after an unprecedented period of cheap money allowed easy borrowing for emerging markets, declining stocks and currencies, rock-bottom commodity prices, and the lack of demand in China are the factors driving under-performance this year.

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  • Agbogbloshie, Ghana By Lantus (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

    Refuse, Regret, Responding

    As electronics like have become more of a staple in everyday life not only in economic North, but worldwide, the amount of e-waste has reached levels that have caused casual observers to take notice.

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  • The city of Kilamba
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    Sustainable African Cities: Inclusivity & Democracy in Town Planning

    As rapid urbanization has become the status quo in just about every corner of the globe, the pressures on city regions to provide for and protect their populations has intensified, and narratives of urban change, catastrophe, and crisis become commonplace.

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  • By 东方 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

    The Politics Behind China’s Anti-Corruption Drive

    Whenever corruption has seeped into a dynasty, be it the Han (220 AD) – as vividly detailed in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms – or the Qing (1911) with its scheming mandarins, the ruling regime lost the mandate of heaven and fell. This not merely a colourful aside: historical memory deeply informs the thinking of the Chinese Communist Party.

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  • A Rwandan soldier, near a refugee camp full of displaced residents at Bangui M'Poko International Airport, CARBy SSgt Ryan Crane [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

    A Precarious Post-Election Peace

    While the country’s history of coups have led to speculation about the efficacy of the recently held elections, the efforts made by the anti-Big Man interim government of Samba-Panza has made significant strides to include both the Muslim minority and reorganize the national forces to make them more effective.

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  • Seattle Day of Action, TPP Protest

    Cars, Crops, & Cures: American & Japanese Key Trade Areas in the TPP

    The compromise achieved through negotiations between the US and Japan has shaped the scope of the agreement in a number of important sectors, with the automotive, agricultural, and pharmaceutical sectors being the subjects of the most contention.

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