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The contents of this blog highlight geopolitical, ethno-religious, and socio-cultural issues from around the world. Contributions are made by ENODO Global, Inc. and its strategic partners.

In 2014, I spent over six months traveling extensively within nine countries across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in both urban and rural areas. Although each country has specific challenges and risks that vary from urban to rural, the opportunities in SSA are numerous and vast. The risk premiums on investments are substantial and the risks are arguably inflated by most foreign investors due to a lack of understanding the business environment and culture. Even on risk adjusted terms profit margins in SSA are among the highest...

On December 19th, President Kenyatta signed into law the Security Laws (Amendment) Act that grants the Kenyan government and its security services increased powers to fight terrorism. This should come as no surprise due to recent militant attacks along the border with Somali and in Mombasa, and the government’s apparent fecklessness to stop them.  The new law, which many say tramples on civil liberties, is also an example of African leaders focusing on their personal security and remaining in power over democracy and building legitimate...

South Africa is the most developed country in Africa and the second largest economy after Nigeria. However, its economy has been severely hampered by ongoing labor disputes, specifically strikes in the mining sector. Earlier this year, South Africa suffered a devastating five month strike in the platinum sector, impacting around 70,000 workers. It was the longest and costliest mining strike in the country’s history, causing one of the biggest producers, Anglo American Platinum, to put two of its largest mines up for sale. Other producers...

“This month after more than thirteen years, our combat mission in Afghanistan will be over. This month, America’s war in Afghanistan will come to a responsible end. That doesn’t mean everything is great in Afghanistan. Afghanistan is still a very dangerous place. . . .” – President Barack H. Obama, speech to the troops at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ, USA, (Dec. 15, 2014) On Monday, President Obama met with military service members returning from Afghanistan to commemorate the end of U.S. combat operations. This comes one week...

In the past two months, protests and demonstrations have caused the overthrow of the Burkina Faso Government and forced the Prime Minister of Haiti to resign his post. Events like these are becoming commonplace as individuals, communities, and societies now have the ability to collectively demand change with a global audience at their fingertips. In the past, populations did not have a voice or the ability to organize on a grand scale or at the national level.  They relied on their locally elected officials to...

Failure to understand a peoples’ needs and desires is unfortunately a common error, which jeopardizes governments and businesses ability to assist and partner with them. This phenomenon creates an ideal environmental for the law of unintended consequences to present itself. As a case in point, the Washington Post published an article about the effects of recent U.S. legislation on "conflict minerals" on Congolese communities in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The area is located in Africa’s Lake District along the...

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