Geopolitical Overview of Qatar and Saudi Arabia: Food Security and Geopolitical Overview

Preface This essay analyzes the effect of the geopolitical situation on Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the broader region on food imports in the region. Key topics addressed include: – general geopolitical, military and defense issues affecting the region – likelihood of closure of the Straits of Hormuz and the closure of the Qatar-Saudi land border – political…

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HOW ISLAMIC BANKING WAS POLITICIZED IN NIGERIA

  The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has done more than anyone else to turn the concept of ‘Islamic banking’ into an Islamist political project. Politicisation could imperil an otherwise unassailable experiment to align Nigeria with over 75 countries where Islamic financial institutions have assets exceeding US$950 billion. ‘Political Islam’…

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REGULATORY AND MORAL ISSUES IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN GAMING MARKET

Premise While South Africa’s gaming market has shed most of its hypocritical moralism of the apartheid years, the industry remains behind the country’s acclaimed liberal post-apartheid order. Regulators happily embrace the job-creation and tax contributions of the industry, but their “war” against the “harmful effects of gaming” is hampering the development of non-traditional side of…

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