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Oil Be Blowed: Boko Haram Highlights Crisis in Nigerian Education System

Abduction of 100< #Nigerian schoolgirls by #neosalafist group Boko Haram a stark reminder that Africa's largest economy remains problematic—
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The New Rule of Global Partnership


Africa for long has been a strife-ridden,conflict-torn and hunger-stricken continent. Though it succeeded in riding itself of white colonizers it soon became a prey to some black colonizers, who eyeing at personal gains, were vying for power. 717 more words

Innovation: the old curse and the future blessing for Africa

I have heard and read about the cliché “African resource curse” too many times; that the past and continuing atrocities against people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and other mineral or oil rich African countries, are simply because they found themselves living on top of so much wealth they did not know what to do with, which in turn attracted ferocious predators — pernicious forces from outside and inside colluding to rob the people of their wealth at the price of their dignity and their lives. 525 more words


New Zealand: Reliance on a single product and a single market?

I’ve written a lot on this blog about the resource curse and how it is an economic paradox. It refers to the fact that once countries start to export a natural resource like oil their exchange rate appreciates making other exports uncompetitive and imports cheaper. 261 more words

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On the Global Policy Journal: Eye on the Prize - Russian Expansionism and Energy Dependency

“Crimea offers Russia an opportunity to increase potential reserves of oil and gas while protecting vital pipelines into Europe. Unrest in Ukraine and a Russo-ethnic majority in Crimea offered an opportunity for expansion and to increase potential energy reserves. 121 more words


Oil, patronage and corruption in the MENA region: the case of Saudi Arabia

By Ibrahim Gabr:

Saudi Arabia is a country built on oil. By looking at the country through the theoretical lens of the resource curse, we can gain more insights into the relation between political patronage and this ‘resource curse.’ By examining a case study of patronage in Saudi Arabia, as well as the resource curse and the political patronage and corruption which are associated with it in the Kingdom, it is proposed that economic diversification represents one of the most critical policy avenues for this resource-dependent government. 1,693 more words

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