from MacroScope:

Octogenarian rekindles Italian hope

By Mike Peacock
April 22, 2013

 

The big euro zone development over the weekend was the re-election of ageing Italian President Giorgio Napolitano for a second term. The presumption is that to put himself through this again he must have got pretty serious expressions of intent from the warring political parties that they will strive for some form of grand coalition. That may have been made easier by the resignation of centre-left leader Bersani who was in danger of splitting his own caucus.

from Photographers' Blog:

“We’re pulling an all-nighter”

October 26, 2012

By Kevin Lamarque

“We’re pulling an all-nighter” -- President Barack Obama's refrain to crowds across the U.S.A. throughout his non-stop 40-hour campaign swing.

from The Great Debate:

The ‘Hollywood Test’ for president

By Neal Gabler
October 3, 2012

If you think of the current presidential campaign as a movie, the economy, by all rights, should have pre-empted most of the drama and handed the lead role to the lantern-jawed financier. The movie would have told of a decent man, so unflappable that he never broke a sweat, who tried his best but couldn’t work his will on the world and make things right. Into that void, walked Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who vowed that he had the experience and strength to turn things around.

from Africa News blog:

South Sudan’s era of prosperity?

July 12, 2012

Many South Sudanese hoped the country's emergence as the world's newest nation would begin an era of prosperity, but the country has remained mired in disputes with its northern neighbour over oil, the border and a many other issues.

from Africa News blog:

S.Africa must reform white-dominated economy

June 26, 2012

South Africa's economy is still largely under the control of whites who held power under apartheid, President Jacob Zuma has said calling  for a "dramatic shift" to redress the wealth balance more evenly in favour of the black majority.

from Africa News blog:

Is Africa Union justified in moving its summit to Ethiopia

June 20, 2012

The African Union has moved its July summit to the Ethiopian capital after Malawi blocked the attendance of Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), the bloc said

from Africa News blog:

Are African governments suppressing art?

May 31, 2012

By Cosmas Butunyi

The dust is finally settling on the storm that was kicked off in South Africa by a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.

from Africa News blog:

Is Zuma home and dry after Malema’s expulsion?

May 18, 2012

By Cosmas Butunyi

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress may have expelled the rubble-rousing youth league president, Julius Malema, but challenges still remain for President Jacob Zuma, who is seeking a second term in a race that he is considered the frontrunner.

from India Insight:

Who wants to be India’s next president?

April 25, 2012


It's probably easier for actor Amitabh Bachchan to become India's president than your average politician.

from Africa News blog:

Is Joyce Banda the answer to Malawi ’s problems?

April 17, 2012

By Isaac Esipisu

The continents’ newest and second Africa’s  female president took over the reins of power in Malawi to offer a new and more responsive style of leadership that is expected to spur economic recovery of one of Africa’s poorest nation. Joyce Banda was sworn in as president two days after President Bingu wa Mutharika died of heart attack at 78.