Free Trade Prologue: Repairing Fractured Industries In Developing Economies

The African Union estimates that African nations collectively conduct about 15-17% of Intra-African trade. While other regions post much higher numbers somewhere between 60 and 90 percent, according to World Trade Organization estimates. However, what is not often held to greater account, is exactly who is doing the trading. Perhaps the most curious element of…

A Better Angle: Will The West Rise Again?

President Theodore Roosevelt made the African Proverb, “Speak softly but carry a big stick” popular in the US. As part of Roosevelt’s Foriegn policy diplomacy, it was a method for handling international matters with tact while still aggressively maintaining and pursuing Western hegemony. It was called “Big Stick Diplomacy.” It was a tactic which served…

Germany’s EU Power Struggle Post Brexit

Covid-19 cases have started to rise in Germany as the reported “second wave” has taken effect, according to data from the World Health Organization. This comess at a time when the Deutschland nation has taken the helm of the faltering EU in the hopes of steering it out of crippling debt and socio-poitical turmoil. Europe…

Sensitizating Local Populations Through Visual Media

The human eye processes more images per second than some human technology. Humans have the capacity to translate complex data in microseconds. Visual media is able to communicate ideas quickly and effectively because it engages two of our most powerful senses: sight and sound. From the days of word-of-mouth to today, media has continued to…

A Currency Crises Rising: Yemen’ s 9-Year Arab Spring Fallout

After a nearly nine-year conflict, the war-torn country of Yemen is facing a currency crises of unprecedented scope. The former British Colony who found independence in 1967, has been plunged into civil conflict for nearly a decade after uprisings in 2011 attributed to the Arab Spring that swept the Middle East. The Yemeni Rial is…

Social Media for Small Biz and Emerging Markets

As a communications professional, small businesses, minority owned enterprises and emerging markets are my fan favorites to work. I really enjoy this area, because many developing markets, small businesses and as minority owned businesses have not yet harnessed or completely understood the full value of social media, public relations and/or community relations. Many small businesses,…

Energy and Interests: Bulgarian Upheavals in the Balkans.

Bulgaria, has been plunged into public demonstrations against its government since July 9, 2020. Now going into its 66 week of protest, The Slavic nation, along with major Bulgarian enclaves around the world, have seen demonstrations and protests. It is believed that some are displeased with what is perceived as rampant corruption and misuse of…

Canary in the Cave: Italy’s Lost Lessons on Geopolitics and Economy

As Corona virus cases begin to creep upward in Italy, the country which was once the epicenter of the Eurozone’s Covid-19 cases has begun closing social centers and implementing mask mandates. The nation has been the proverbial canary in the cave for the West for years now, even in the pandemic. The nation is fighting…

Mexico Fights to Save Economic Progress

Only recently, Mexico’s infection rate has increased exponentially . Worldwide there are nearly 18 million Corona Virus cases, with some of the highest numbers in the Western Hemisphere. In addition to the infection rate, the death toll has increased to the third highest in the world, eclipsing UK mortality numbers in July, according to an…

Re-Start: European Union

In the coming weeks we will review several regions and the measures they are taking to restart their economy.  We will seek to predict and analyze some of those changes in the series Restart.  In this nonconsecutive series, this week we will examine the European Union’s plans and look forward to reviewing other schemes aimed…

A New Manifest Destiny

Despite the ravages of the Corona-virus, the US trade and tech war and its challenges in Hong Kong and Taiwan, China saw positive growth in Q2 of 2020 according to a report from the Asia Times.  Even India’s economy expanded 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2020 despite the prowess of the pandemic. Could…