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In Rich Singapore, Why Must Migrant Workers Go Hungry?

World renowned for its meticulous planning and distinct skyline that featured in the Hollywood hit film Crazy Rich Asians, Singapore depends on a large pool of blue collar migrant workers from countries like India, Bangladesh and Myanmar to power its building and construction sector, which was valued at nearly US$22.5 billion in 2018

Read Here – South China Morning Post

Egypt Wants A New Suez Canal

The canal project evokes memories of President Gamal Abdel Nasser, the wildly popular colonel who led the 1952 overthrow of Egypt’s monarchy. Nasser nationalized the canal in 1956, ending nearly a century of control by the Europeans who financed and built it. Taking the canal galvanized the Egyptian public, even more so after it resulted in a failed invasion of Egypt by Britain, France, and Israel.

Read Here – Businessweek

Urban Slums Define New Africa

Urban slums worldwide will soon reach a tipping point, with young people rejecting the lives that they have been offered. Their power lies in their numbers – more than half of the world’s youth shares their fate – and in their anger. They will rise up, refusing to accept their status as second-class citizens of ever-expanding urban settlements, and they will destabilize countries like Kenya, undermining efforts to build more stable, prosperous societies.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

Banning Buildings To Curb Corruption

China bans construction of opulent government buildings for five years — not because it has built enough — but because it feels the move will lower corruption and excesses among officials.

Read Here – The Atlantic

It’s America Versus China in Africa

According to the US Government Accountability Office, China surpassed America as Africa’s largest trading partner in 2009. Three years later, Chinese two-way trade with African nations amounted to $198 billion, about double ours. And the future looks bright for the Chinese. Projections put China’s African trade at $325 billion just two years from now. It was only $11 billion in 2000, writes Gordon G. Chang.

Read Here – World Affairs Journal

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