The Week in Stories Around the Globe

Canada’s probable next PM is courting the far right to win

Andrew Scheer PM

Scheer has a long history of courting white nationalists by appealing unabashedly and overtly to their ugly, nativist, xenophobic and racist temperaments (to describe them as “ideas” is antithetical to the word).

The Fight for Africa’s Fish 

Fish africa

Foreign trawlers- Mostly Chinese-  are plundering the seas of West Africa. Their methods are pushing stocks to the brink.

What a failed Johannesburg project tells us about mega cities in Africa

SouthAfrica MegaCity

Over the last decade, a variety of developments like Modderfontein, including Eko-Atlantic in NigeriaNew Cairo in Egypt, and Konza Technology City in Kenya, have been touted by both public and private sectors as panaceas for Africa’s urban problems. The thinking is that as the developments are disconnected from the existing urban landscape, they won’t be burdened by crime or informality. However, these projects can take badly needed resources away from the marginalised areas of the city.

Trump made two remarkably authoritarian remarks in one day

Trump in Rain

White House officials cited Trump’s hedging in his defense. After a Trump fan sent package bombs to a number of prominent Trump critics in the media and politics last fall, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders defended Trump’s “enemy of the people” tweets by saying, “the president’s not referencing all media. He’s talking about the growing amount of fake news in the country. The president’s calling that out.”

#ThisIsAmerica #TrumpsAmerica #authoritarian

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