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A man holds a poster reading “We Stand against Xenophobia” during a protest against recent attacks on immigrants, Johannesburg, South Africa, April 23, 2015 (AP photo by Themba Hadebe).

Attacks on Foreigners Mar South Africa’s Reputation on the Continent

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Last week, a wave of xenophobic violence struck two of South Africa’s largest cities, Johannesburg and Durban, as mobs torched shops and killed seven people. The localized unrest quickly became a regional crisis, as multiple African governments issued angry statements on behalf of their citizens. more


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India’s Ties With North Korea Cordial but Limited

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Last week, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong was in New Delhi for talks with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on North Korea’s nuclear program and to request additional humanitarian assistance. In an interview, Ankit Panda of The Diplomat discussed India’s ties with North Korea. more

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Indonesia’s Jokowi Vows Strict Policy, Death Penalty for Drug Crimes

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Indonesia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the final appeals of two prisoners from France and Ghana currently on death row for drug smuggling. In an interview, Gloria Lai, a senior policy officer at the International Drug Policy Consortium, discussed Indonesia’s zero-tolerance approach to drugs. more

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Suspending Money Transfers to Somalia Hurts the Poor, Not Terrorists

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Earlier this month, Kenya suspended the licenses of 13 Somali money transfer agencies operating in Nairobi in a bid to limit funding to al-Shabab. In an interview, Sarah Hearn of New York University’s Center on International Cooperation discussed the role of remittances in Somalia’s economy. more

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South Korea Proves a Reliable Economic Partner for Latin America

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South Korean President Park Geun-hye left Thursday for Colombia, the first stop on her weeklong tour of Latin America. In an interview, Juan Felipe Lopez Aymes, a researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, discussed South Korea’s ties with Latin America. more

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Guinea Opposition Sidelined as the Military’s Power Grows

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Clashes between the opposition and security forces continued for a second day in Guinea’s capital. In an interview, Mohamed Saliou Camara, a professor of history and international relations at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, discussed domestic politics in Guinea. more