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Vladimir Putin’s gold strategy explains why sanctions against Russia have failed

    By Robert Huish, Dalhousie University   There are more than 16,000 sanctions imposed against Russia. Yet the Russian economy and war machine grew by 3.6 per cent in 2023 and is projected to grow another 2.6 per cent in 2024. Nearly six per cent of Russia’s gross domestic product goes towards military spending. At a time when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is scrambling to acquire arms, funds and […]

todayMarch 19, 2024 2


Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger hint at a new west African currency: what it’ll take for it to succeed

    By Thierno Thioune, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar   On 11 February 2024, the head of Niger’s ruling military junta, General Abdourahmane Tiani, spoke of the possible creation of a common currency with Burkina Faso and Mali. “The currency is a first step toward breaking free from the legacy of colonisation,” he said on national TV, referring to the CFA franc inherited from French colonisation. Burkina Faso, […]

todayMarch 15, 2024 7