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SHADA ISLAM CALLS FOR GERMANY TO TAKEOVER WORLD LEADERSHIP FROM THE US

Germany has taken over the EU rotating presidency for the next 6 months. This comes at a time when there is widespread feeling that the US is stepping away from global leadership.

Analysts point to the US withdrawal from ‘compulsory commitment’ to international treaties and norms under President Donald Trump-who sees the United States as its own continent. The global Covid-19 pandemic is also an existential issue at this point.

It is in this backdrop that Shada Islam, a Brussels-based commentator on EU affairs and CEO of New Horizons project, a strategy, analysis and advisory company has called on Germany to take up leadership in all the areas the US is stepping away from.

She also provides a strategic plan of action. In it she lists 4 points of action which she argues will give Germany new leadership-in EU and the world.

For instance she said;

Third, Europe must re-imagine its outdated relationship with Africa, learn from past mistakes and finally give up old-fashioned Eurocentric and paternalistic views of Africa as a junior partner needing Europe’s guidance.

New EU efforts to build “a partnership of equals” with African states will fall flat unless backed up by investment, support for the African Continental Free Trade Area and stronger ties between European and African local and regional authorities, business leaders, civil society, female groups, young professionals and students.

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WILL CHINA CRACKDOWN ON TIKTOK?

Chinese entertainment app TikTok isn’t available in China. But there are concerns the app may fall afoul of Chinese rules.

The incremental moves to loosen restrictions could expose TikTok to risks in China, where the government has historically cracked down on businesses that got outside accepted Chinese cultural norms.

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2020VISION: WILL KANYE WEST SEND KIM KARDASHIAN TO NEGOTIATE WITH KIM JONG UN?

Will a President West send his diplomat wife Kim Kardashian to negotiate with Kim Jong Un? Kim Kardashian has shown she is a consummate diplomat. Look at how she persuaded Trump to release that woman from prison.

She is clearly a persuasive diplomat. Just wondering aloud if a President Kanye West (assuming he is serious and also wins in November) will send her to North Korea to persuade her namesake Kim Jong Un to dismantle his nuclear arsenal? Do you think she would succeed in that?

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Debatable Lands: The tiny ‘country’ lying between England and Scotland

There is a tiny ‘country’ between England and Scotland called the Debatable Lands.

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Coronavirus: Senegal Starts Clinical Trials Of Madagascar Drug; Tanzania Sends Plane To Madagascar

Senegal is to start clinical trials of Madagascar’s Covid Organics (CVO) herbal tea remedy that has been credited with both preventing and curing coronavirus in Madagascar and Equatorial Guinea.

“We are moving to use the Artemisia [the main component of the CVO]. On our side. We are evaluating it scientifically. We have given green light”, said Daouda Ndiaye, head of the Senegalese scientific committee in an interview with Radio Futurs Medias, on Thursday.

“We will work on a protocol to see how to give it to Senegalese patients,” he disclosed.

Recall that the World Health Organization (WHO) recently called for clinical trials of Madagascar’s Covid Organics.

Analysts say Senegal’s President Macky Sall has shown resolute political will in the midst of pressure following his consideration of Madagascar’s Covid Organics remedy as a treatment for his countrymen.

Meanwhile Equatorial Guinea, which has already imported the remedy, has shown a 44% jump in recovery rates in 5 days.

Comoros, through its President, Azali Asoumani, has formally requested for Covid Organics. And Tanzania’s President Pombe Magufuli has already sent a plane to Madagascar to get the cure.

Nigeria should get this remedy. Nigeria loses nothing by getting one more herbal tea into this country. It is what Yorubas call agbo. NAFDAC can conduct clinical trials on it.