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Progress toward reliable energy access in Africa

On December 5, 2019, Afrobarometer released a report on Africa’s progress toward reliable energy access. The report uses findings from national surveys in 34 African countries to analyze gaps in energy access, grid reliability, and government performance. As Figure 1...

Challenges are stacking up down on the farm

This is the year that the powerful farming lobby became considerably more fragmented, resulting in the very fractious picketing of meat factories; the intimidation of Bord Bia personnel at the annual ploughing championships; and the picketing of retail distribution centres.While...

Algeria holds election despite boycott

Algeria held its presidential election on 12 December, amid a mass boycott and police clashes. People took to the streets, shouting “No to elections of shame” and “Generals in the rubbish”. They rejected all five candidates, because of their ties...

Michelle Obama Is Racially Insensitive?

Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks in Chicago, Oct. 29. Photo: Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Associated Press In the 1990s, before I had a family of my own, I volunteered in a mentoring program and was paired with a high-school freshman from...

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