Uganda: Museveni the caricature

by Hervé Pugi. Looking back over three decades, with five more years to come (at least), towards a horizon that seems to offer nothing but a feeling of déjà-vu. Uganda’s fate remains irredeemably linked to that of its president, Yoweri Museveni. The originality of the man, like the course he has taken, is reminiscent of some of his counterparts on the continent. To the point … Continuer de lire Uganda: Museveni the caricature

Hassan Ahmed Yusuf: “Somaliland is a model”

by Hervé Pugi. Hassan Ahmed Yusuf is Director of the political Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international cooperation of Somaliland. He explains the specifics of his country, seeking a legitimate recognition. Scribouille: What, in your opinion, would justify that Somaliland becomes the 55e State of the African continent? Hassan Ahmed Yusuf (H. A. Y.): We must remember that, before uniting with Somalia, … Continuer de lire Hassan Ahmed Yusuf: “Somaliland is a model”

European Union: an unachievable symphony

by Hervé Pugi. European Union: are those who want to kick out the Greeks, and those who see themselves exiting, like the British. Therein lies the litmus test of the « constructed » European Union (EU), a champion of extending boundaries. weakened, this continental institution has not failed to rise from the dead over the years. The evidence, however, is compelling: by pushing out its walls, its … Continuer de lire European Union: an unachievable symphony

Jean Marcou: “an independent Kurdistan? That’s unlikely!”

by Hervé Pugi. « The Kurdish Question » ! Everyone’s talking about it but what do we really know? We went looking for answers, to Prof. Jean Marcou, the « Mediterranean-Middle-East » Masters program director at the Grenoble School of Political Science (Sciences Po Grenoble). Hoping to make a valuable contribution to reestablishing the terms of reference of a debate often trivialized by caricature. Turks and Kurds go back a … Continuer de lire Jean Marcou: “an independent Kurdistan? That’s unlikely!”

Economic Sanctions: When the dollar is a weapon

by Hervé Pugi. BNP Paribas, Commerzbank, HSBC, Crédit agricole, ING, Crédit suisse… What’s the common denominator between these banking institutions? They’ve been “nicked” by the US Justice System for violating economic sanctions, in particular in relation to Sudan. When the leading world power exploits it currency, many are forced to pay out. Not to mention the collateral damage… Don’t mention the violation of the embargo … Continuer de lire Economic Sanctions: When the dollar is a weapon

Badreldin Mahmoud Abbas : “We are navigating through all these sanctions…”

by Hervé Pugi. Sanctions, negotiations, institutions… We take a quick look at some of the hot topics currently being tackled by the Minister of Finance and the National Economy, Badreldin Mahmoud Abbas. Scribouille: How are economic sanctions affecting the country’s economy? Badreldin Mahmoud Abbas (B. M. A.): These sanctions are affecting our economy in many ways. We cannot make use of the medium-term programmes offered … Continuer de lire Badreldin Mahmoud Abbas : “We are navigating through all these sanctions…”

Sudan – China: this so valuable partner

by Hervé Pugi. With a future military base in Djibouti, yuan the official currency of Zimbabwe, a 74 billion dollar investment plan for the continent announced last December by president Xi Jinping, it is currently fashionable to condemn China for “hijacking” Africa and for adopting a neo-colonialist attitude. An opinion clearly not shared by Khartoum, a great partner of the “Middle Kingdom”. On September 3, … Continuer de lire Sudan – China: this so valuable partner