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Climate Suffering and Its Complications

This week, the climate crisis became a lot more concrete. Heatwaves and fire across North America overlapped with massive floods in Germany and China. I say ‘concrete’ but of course climate change has been pretty concrete for millions of climate refugees across the Global South for a while ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Reading the Smoke

As things slowly settle down in South Africa after the last ruinous week, the debates about who’s really to blame are catching fire. It’s now being called an insurrection attempt, and President Ramaphosa has referred to those responsible for fueling the protests as ‘enemies of democracy.’ One of the problems underlying the current crisis is that he’s both right and wrong. South Africa is indeed, as Ramaphosa called it, a ‘hard-fought-for democracy.’ ...

With U.S. COVID Jabs Now Landing in Africa, Vaccine Rivalry With China Likely to Intensify

For the first since the beginning of the pandemic, U.S.-made vaccines are arriving in Africa, opening what will likely become another front in the burgeoning global rivalry with China. The first half of an order of 300,000 doses of Johnson & ...

Countries Throughout Asia & The Americas Struggle to Find Balance Between the U.S. and China

Countries throughout the Global South have said repeatedly that they do not want to be forced to choose sides in the increasingly acrimonious relationship between the United States and China. But in some cases, they no longer have a choice. That's ...

With Just One Donation, U.S. Vaccine Distributions to Africa Nearly Match China’s

The U.S. government announced on Friday that it will send 25 million vaccine doses to Africa, a donation that comes close to matching the 27.9 million jabs that China has provided to various African countries over the past six months.

Lots of People in Washington Are Furious That the U.S. Gives Money to COVAX While China Sells Vaccines to the Alliance

Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin channeled the widespread anger on Capitol Hill and in the Biden administration over last week's news that COVAX will buy 500 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Sinopharm and Sinovac. They're upset about the fact that the U.S. has donated $4 billion ...

Can BRI and B3W Co-Exist in Africa?

The Group of 7 countries recently announced a rival to China's Belt and Road Initiative. Their new Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative has prompted widespread discussion of the implications for developing regions that are desperate for new sources of capital to build infrastructure. ...

China Champions the Human Rights of “Africans and People of African Descent” in UN Squabble With the U.S.

China's increasingly contentious dispute with European and North American countries over human rights in Xinjiang has now led to Beijing rallying on behalf of "Africans and people of African descent" in Western countries who are the victims of systemic racism in those societies. The issue first came ...

U.S. Ethnic Cleansing Charges Against Ethiopia and China May Be Helping to Foster Closer Ties Between Addis and Beijing

The U.S. State Department submitted a report to Congress this week that named both Ethiopia and China among a group of countries that commits ethnic cleansing against their own people. The designation has roiled ties between the U.S. and Ethiopia, ...

A Lot of People Mistakenly Think China’s The Major Funder of Coal Plants Around the World. New BU Report Says That’s Not the Case.

China is indeed the largest government funder of coal power projects around the world, accounting for 50% of coal projects that reached financial closure between 2013 and 2018, according to a new policy brief from Boston University's Global Development Policy Center.

COVAX Gets a Shot in the Arm From Chinese Vaccine Makers With a Half a Billion Doses Promised Over the Next Year

The ailing COVAX global vaccine alliance will get some badly-needed support from China's two largest vaccine manufacturers. Both Sinovac and Sinopharm signed advance purchase agreements with COVAX on Monday that will include an immediate rush shipment of 110 million doses followed by an additional 400 ...

India, China Lead The Way in Delivering on Vaccine Promises For Non-COVAX Commitments

With the Delta variant spreading rapidly across much of the developing world with an acute shortage of vaccines, new attention is being focused on the promises that wealthy countries have made to provide jabs compared to what they've actually delivered. The data tracked by the analytics firm ...
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