The National Chief Imam of Ghana: Religious Leadership and Peacebuilding in an Emerging Democracy

The National Chief Imam of Ghana: Religious Leadership and Peacebuilding in an Emerging Democracy by Okechukwu C. Iheduru Journal of Transdisciplinary Peace Praxis, vol. 2, no. 2, August 2020, pp. 66-98. ABSTRACTAnalyses of the complex relationship between religion and social conflict rarely explore the contributions of religious leaders in deepening existing peaceful social order and/or…

Senegal’s Oil Projects Devastated by Virus–President The ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been devastating for the oil and gas dreams of Senegal, the Macky Sall has finally admitted. As he puts it: “We have seen major oil companies who are no longer capable of meeting their commitments in production. They cannot raise the…

What’s China’s ‘Responsible Cobalt Initiative’ and Why’s Daimler Joining?

  Daimler joins China’s Responsible Cobalt initiative German car-maker Daimler has joined the Responsible Cobalt Initiative, a program established under a Chinese industry body to tackle risks in the cobalt supply chain arising from artisanal mining. Cobalt consumers are under pressure to ensure the material they use is not tainted by child labor in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the source of about 60%…

Resource Nationalism Encore: Zambia Wants Bigger Stake in Copper Mines

  Resource Nationalism Encore: Zambia Wants Bigger Stake in Copper Mines Following the sharp rise in copper prices this year Zambia‘s State-controlled firm ZCCM Investments Holdings wants to increase its stakes in the country’s mines and also expects higher dividend payments, its chief executive said on Wednesday. ZCCM-IH, which was formerly called Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investment Holdings, has assets of about…

DR-Congo and Two Miners in Legal Tussle as As Global Price of Cobalt Rises 86%

    DR-Congo and Two Miners in Legal Tussle as As Global Price of Cobalt Rises 86% KINSHASA – An attempt by Congo’s Gecamines to profit from the boom in battery metals has backfired, leaving the state-owned miner facing two international court actions and halting cobalt production at a key mine. Gecamines blocked its 16-year partner GTL’s access to the cobalt site in the southeastern…

Alibaba’s Dominance of China’s (and Global) e-Commerce Market

  Alibaba’s Dominance of China’s (and Global) e-Commerce Market Billionaire investor and Trump gadfly Mark Cuban tweeted at the U. S. President Donald Trump Wednesday, 22 November 2017, asking if he knew how big of an impact a single Chinese company has had on the U.S. stock market. Cuban asked Trump if he realized that…

Fintech Disrupters Are Thriving in Nigeria; Ready for the Next Level

  Fintech Disrupters Are Thriving in Nigeria; Ready for the Next Level   Background: FinTech 1.0, from 1866 to 1987, was the first period of financial globalization supported by technological infrastructure, primarily transatlantic transmission cables. Then the second wave from 1987–2008, Fintech 2.0, during which financial services firms increasingly scaled to paperless processes. Since 2008, a…

Where Are We on China Union Pay’s Anticipated Challenge to Visa and Mastercard?

  Where Are We on China Union Pay’s Anticipated Challenge to Visa and MasterCard? As the Chinese government welcomes leaders from around the world for its Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, analysts will ask: is the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative a plan to overthrow the existing global order, by pulling Asian countries into…