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Diego Lynch

Diego Lynch has 13 articles published.

Image The Rwandan Jewel - Peacekeepers, Conflict Minerals and Lots of Foreign Aid [Lima Charlie World]
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The Rwandan Jewel – Peacekeepers, Conflict Minerals and Lots of Foreign Aid

The U.S. and the United Nations have long partnered with Rwanda to support peacekeeping and counterinsurgency operations across Africa, providing expertise, weapons and funding to the Rwandan military. Meanwhile, Rwanda reportedly has provided weapons and support to rebel groups that target U.N. peacekeepers, while benefitting… Keep Reading

Image China’s diplomacy efficiently flatters small states [Lima Charlie News]
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China’s diplomacy efficiently flatters small states

In comparing and contrasting U.S. and Chinese diplomacy, China is able to catch more flies with honey. China’s investment first, ask questions later approach offers politicians the opportunity to pass any consequences of relations with China off to their successors. For China, diplomacy is often… Keep Reading

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Military Industrial Simple

A two decade taxpayer-subsidised merger & acquisition spree has turned the Military Industrial Complex into something that would be totally unrecognizable to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.   In 2017, Lockheed accrued $35 billion in defense contracts, relative to $21 billion from its nearest competitor, Boeing.… Keep Reading

Image Lebanon, an arms trading hub for Iran, and everyone else [Lima Charlie News](Hezbollah Image)
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Lebanon, an arms trading hub for Iran, and everyone else

Lebanon distinguishes itself in the Middle East – a state too weak to stop arms trafficking, but not so weak as to descend into chaos. Both sides of the Syrian Civil War capitalized on this and, as the predilection extends into the war in Yemen,… Keep Reading

Image Kenya gambles with debt as China zeros in on East Africa markets [Lima Charlie News][Graphic: James Fox]
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Kenya gambles with debt as China zeros in on East Africa markets

With debt to China mounting and workers in traditional sectors displaced, the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) cannot come soon enough for Kenya. Fishermen in Kenya are in a fight for their livelihood as a wave of imported Chinese fish threatens… Keep Reading

Title Image: German Chancellor Angela Merkel Martin Schulz shaking hands before their TV debate in Berlin in September. Photo: Reuters
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Merkel releases outline for the formation of a governing coalition

On Friday, Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, was able to compose an agreeable 28-page policy outline for a potential parliamentary coalition. The document covers key issues such as taxes, the Eurozone, and migration. The breakthrough comes at a fortunate time for Merkel, whose party… Keep Reading

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