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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 the village of Mutoko, Zimbabwe, Villagers are feeling the negative effects of black granite mining.  Mining has created huge open pits that have killed people and livestock, damaged homes due to blasting, caused environmental damage, eroded grazing lands, and showed a total disregard for ancestral land rights. At the same time roads, schools and hospitals remain in poor condition, with no investment by the companies extracting the granite in the area. The Mines and Minerals Act of 1961 governs mining activities in regard to the...

The military theorist Carl von Clausewitz is most famous for his work On War where he introduced the idea that “War is the continuation of Politics by other means.” However, it is in Clausewitz’s definition of the trinity “people, army, and government,” which is being played out each day around the world. The Arab Spring’s grass roots protest against the old economic order demanding a greater share of power and equitable distribution of resources, was an awaking for populations. It demonstrated to societies around the world...

Recently, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank chose not to lend additional money to Zimbabwe, saying the country is in arrears on repaying previous loans. President Mugabe blames the United States and the European Union for Zimbabwe’s woes claiming illegal, unilateral sanctions are being used as a foreign policy tool to support regime change. But Zimbabwe’s financial problems are a direct result of President Robert Mugabe’s patronage networks, which support his political base. 76% of Zimbabwe’s tax revenue is spent to pay the salaries of more than 250,000...

Each day you can find an article in the news that demonstrates how societies influence and impact local, regional, and national levels events. Today in Indonesia, the House of Representatives passed a bill abolishing direct regional elections by an overwhelming majority. The legislation ensures that politics remains with the powerful elite–a step back for democracy in Indonesia. This announcement was met by protests and public outrage, with many expressing their anger on Twitter and Facebook. How this play out remains to be seen, but one thing...

In Arequipa, Peru, more than 100 protestors blocked the road on the afternoon of September 1st to express their frustrations with a waste water project associated with the Cerro Verde mine.  The road closure affected more than construction and mine vehicles from using the road; busses and local traffic were also stopped and residents of the surrounding area were frustrated by the inconvenience caused by the protests. This event demonstrates the impact a small group of villagers can have when they feel their grievances are ignored.  While...

Since the collapse of the Qaddafi regime in 2011, Libya has struggled to develop a cohesive, inclusive government.  Regional and political differences, existing and expanding patronage and influence networks, and deeply rooted tribal and militia dynamics create roadblocks to establishing a stable, effective government capable of delivering security and services to its citizens.  Oil, the country’s most lucrative and important resource, is a driving force for competition between political, tribal and militia groups vying for control of Libya’s oil production and export.  Unfortunately for Libya’s...