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Nov 22, 2019

Persistent Chinese demand for donkey hides is now pushing the animal's population in many countries, including a number in Africa, to the brink of collapse according to a new report by the Donkey Sanctuary.

The skins are used to make gelatin that used in a Chinese medicine known as ejiao. But given the popularity of...


Nov 19, 2019

African countries are not traditionally known for having strong space programs but now as the cost of launching satellites into orbit falls, that's starting to change and Africa is becoming one of the fastest-growing space markets in the world.

In contrast to programs in the U.S., Europe or Russia where space...


Nov 1, 2019

It wasn't that long ago when France was by far the dominant foreign actor in West Africa. "Francafrique's" once ubiquitous power allowed it to dominate virtually all aspects of political and economic life in its former colonies.

That's no longer the case. Today, France is just a marginal player in most West African...


Oct 25, 2019

The pace of Chinese manufacturing going offshore has picked up significantly in the past year, spurred on by U.S. sanctions and the worsening U.S.-China trade conflict. Regardless of what's going on with the U.S., manufacturers were already motivated by China's rising labor costs and heightened environmental regulations...


Oct 18, 2019

Nigerian Dickson Agbaji is not famous. He's not a singer, a movie star or a popular online celebrity. So, according to the conventional definition of soft power, a guy like Dickson would not be considered very important.

But in the long game that China is playing in Africa, investing in people like Dickson today with an...