‘Echoes of the Cold War’ as Blinken heads to Africa, vying with Russia for influence

‘Echoes of the Cold War’ as Blinken heads to Africa, vying with Russia for influence

PRETORIA, South Africa, August 8, 2022: South Africa’s Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor (R) and Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) attend a strategic dialogue opening session meeting at the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation. ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in South Africa on Monday to … Read more

Putin’s new gas squeeze condemns Europe to recession and winter of rationing

Europe has previously received around 45% of its annual gas supplies from Russia. Leonhard Foeger | Reuters Europe’s descent into an economic contraction looks to have been confirmed with Russia squeezing natural gas supplies to the bloc and heavy industry facing tough rationing in the coming months. Just days after Europeans breathed a sigh of … Read more

India’s bold GST reform expands tax base but too soon to celebrate?

Five years after it was launched, the simplified GST scheme has resulted in tax collections in India rising to record levels. Anand Purohit | Torque | Getty Images It’s been 5 years since India introduced its Goods and Services Tax, and while the government’s revenue collection has soared, some analysts say it may be too … Read more

Boris Johnson advises the next prime minister

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, London. Picture date: Wednesday July 20, 2022. House Of Commons | Pa Images | Getty Images Departing UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson bid farewell to lawmakers in his own inimitable style as he implored British parliamentarians not to pay too much … Read more

Boris Johnson advises the next prime minister

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, London. Picture date: Wednesday July 20, 2022. House Of Commons | Pa Images | Getty Images Departing UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson bid farewell to lawmakers in his own inimitable style as he implored British parliamentarians not to pay too much … Read more

Russia and NATO member Lithuania are clashing over Kaliningrad

A sign reading ‘Kaliningrad’ stands atop the main city south railway station. Kaliningrad is a small Russian exclave located on the Baltic Sea and sandwiched between Lithuania and Poland. It has become the center of a spat between Russia and NATO member Lithuania. Harry Engels | Getty Images Sport | Getty Images A new front … Read more