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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 Colombia, the Nasa and other indigenous groups have authorities, backed by constitutional law, to administer order and justice autonomously for the territories that they govern—as long as their judicial rulings and application of law do not contravene international law. This was demonstrated last week when members of the Nasa tribe (also known as the Páez people) near Toribio, Cauca province, Colombia captured seven members of the “Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia” (FARC) and put them on trial for murder. The subsequent trial, in a very...

Introduction to a 3-part series examining the impact of societal grievances on corporate operations and the failures of traditional social responsibility initiatives used to address these unavoidable issues.   Societal-based tensions and grievances are the underlying factors that drive the majority of civil disobedience and unrest in regions around the world. Unprecedented access to communications technology, especially social media like Facebook and Twitter, enable people to organize and assemble rapidly around ideas or movements. Using the same means, political organizations, activist networks, and even extremist groups disseminate...

Rarely do I find articles that accurately and appropriately speak about the challenges companies face when operating in frontier markets. Occasionally, however, I come across a piece that hits the nail on the head and correctly identifies and discusses the problems. Today was one of those days when I found this post on the World Bank’s website, which states: "For much of the last half century, the dominant political economy model of natural resource management in Africa was this: states received royalties from mostly private mining...

In today’s news alone, three separate articles discuss the impact of geopolitical risk on investment. In the  first article, the author suggests that the world is becoming a more dangerous place, especially in the Middle East, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa. The second article argues “political risk cover is the ‘make or break’ for power projects in Sub-Saharan Africa” and the “demand for this type of insurance is growing but the region’s political instability makes securing appropriate insurance difficult.” The last article provides specific examples of how...

There are striking similarities between the events in Tunisia, which triggered the Arab Spring and the situation unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting of an African American teenager was the catalyst for segments of Ferguson’s population of 21,000 to move to protests, civil disobedience, and violence just as the self-immolation of a fruit vendor in 2010 caused nation-wide protests and the eventual overthrow of the Tunisian government. It is not the individual events themselves that demand attention or focus, but the underlying causes that when...

On Wednesday, a British Columbian Aboriginal Indian tribe took a stand against Imperial Metals, burning down a bridge that provides access to their Rudduck Creek zinc and lead mine. The incident by the Secwepemc Ts’ka7 Warriors is in response to an earthen tailings dam failure at the Mount Polley mine on August 4th, which resulted in 24 million cubic meters of toxic tailings and water being released into the Hazeltine Creek. This is not the first time Imperial Metals has experienced challenges from local tribes in Canada. On...