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An armed soldier enters the stadium where the coffin of the late Zambian President Michael Sata was draped in Zambia’s flag at the funeral in Lusaka, Nov, 11, 2014 (AP photo by Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi).

Zambia’s Presidential Carousel Spins as Rivals Jockey to Succeed Sata

By Richard Downie
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The recent death of Zambian President Michael Sata has brought internal rivalries to a boiling point not only in his ruling Patriotic Front, but also in the main opposition parties. The infighting complicates efforts to predict the outcome of Zambia’s presidential election on Jan. 20. more

Mexico’s Energy Reforms Miss a Key Sector: Renewables

By Alexis Arthur
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Many hoped President Enrique Pena Nieto’s energy reforms would catalyze the renewable sector in Mexico, with its abundance of wind, solar and geothermal resources. Instead, his government risks missing an opportunity to make good on its commitment to a clean energy future and to tackling climate change. more

Zimbabwe Infighting Opens Mugabe Succession Battle

By James Hamill
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In Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe recently dismissed his vice president, the ruling ZANU-PF party’s internal strife has gone public. That is a measure of the depth of the party’s crisis and a clear indication that factions are now making moves to secure the post-Mugabe succession. more

China’s Marshall Plan: All Silk Roads Lead to Beijing?

By Michele Penna
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Last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $40 billion for the creation of a Silk Road Investment Fund to “break the connectivity bottleneck” in Asia. It is just one part of Beijing’s ambitious “Silk Road” projects to boost China’s global trade links and, it hopes, reorient geopolitics. more