International Analysis

Rodrigo Duterte: The Rise of Philippines’ Death Squad Mayor

Op-Ed by Phelim Kine — The Mark News — For Rodrigo Duterte, the brutal death squads that have claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people during his tenure as mayor of Davao City in the Philippines’ main southern island of Mindanao are not a problem.They’re a political platform. Duterte […]

A National Balancing Act: Security Of A Country And Privacy Of The Individual

Op-Ed by GIOVANNI BUTTARELLI — The Mark News — In 1755, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” The concept of security has a longer heritage than that of privacy. But the historic and linguistic roots of […]

The Cycle of Dependency: When Helping Does More Harm Than Good

 Ope-Ed by Leah Pauline — The Mark News —  Ever since colonization, the people of Uganda have become accustomed to foreigners coming in with a savior mentality, pushing initiatives that, despite good intentions, may not help the locals solve their real problems. This reliance has created a cycle of dependency […]

Cairo To Cape Town: New Free Trade ‘Super Bloc’

Op-Ed by Calestous Juma and Francis Mangeni — The Mark News — A major trade deal signed in June 2015 is about to remake Africa. Dubbed the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), the 26-nation market created by this deal will liberalize intra-Africa trade, foster cross-border infrastructure investment, and stimulate industrial diversification. […]