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This evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa’s pandemic lockdown would be relaxed to “Level 1” from 20 September, fully reopening the economy as well as international borders for the first time since March. With South Africa facing a socio-economic and fiscal crisis of epic proportions, Ramaphosa signaled a Reconstruction and Recovery Plan to be finalized within the coming weeks. However, today’s address was extremely scant on detail and only a highly specific document would trigger any optimism in markets that have come to expect little from success
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ETHIOPIA: Tigray – another battlefront for Abiy

( 5 mins read ) The regional authorities’ insistence on carrying out elections for Tigray’s State Council on 9 September risks a volatile standoff between the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) and the federal government. It will be almost impossible

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SOUTH AFRICA: Eskom – the high price of inaction

( 3 mins read ) Power utility Eskom’s “level 4” load-shedding on 2-3 September confirms pervious warnings about the record level of load-shedding that is threatening South Africa’s post-Covid-19 recovery. At the same time, ballooning debt problems will intensify pressure

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ZAMBIA: Lungu’s central bank heist?

( 5 mins read ) Arabic  Press play to listen It is difficult to view the badly timed removal of Bank of Zambia governor Denny Kalyalya as anything other than an assault against the central bank’s independence. A terse IMF

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SOUTH AFRICA: Lockdown “Level 2” loading

( 3 mins read ) An improvement in daily new Covid-19 cases and falling deaths for two consecutive weeks are expected to allow the government to ease lockdown restrictions to “Level 2.” President Cyril Ramaphosa could make an announcement to

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SOUTH AFRICA: Corrupt to the core?

( 5 mins read ) Press play to listen Together with increasingly incoherent pandemic management, corruption scandals threaten to weaken President Cyril Ramaphosa. They could cost the ANC at the ballot box in 2021, though few established opposition parties are

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Tercer mes seguido en que las exportaciones a brasil recuperan a doble digito m/m sin estacionalidad. Más que la soja, nos va a ayudar Brasil que va a terminar cayendo menos de 5% este año con crecimiento de 3.5% en 2021.

EL ICC CAE 2,4% EN SEPTIEMBRE
El Índice de Confianza del Consumidor (ICC) elaborado por el @CIF_UTDT junto a @Poliarquia_ se sitúa en 40,3 puntos en septiembre, marcando una reducción de 2,4%. Desde el primer mes de gestión de Alberto Fernández, el ICC cae 6,3%. #EncuestaMensual

Today the @EU_Commission published its new action plan for Capital Markets Union. It looks... pretty much like the previous action plans that have been unveiled with some regularity since JC Juncker first used the #CMU buzzword in 2014. (1/N) https://ec.europa.eu/finance/docs/law/200924-capital-markets-union-action-plan_en.pdf

新著「The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan」の著者Tobias Harris氏(@observingjapan )を招き、歴在首相のなかで最長の連続在任期間をもつ政治家安倍晋三氏の業績や世界に与えた影響、そして今後の日本についてお話し頂きます。

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THIS FRIDAY, SEP 25, at NOON, join JASH and @WACHouston for a conversation with Japan watcher and author @observingjapan’s Tobias Harris on Prime Minister Abe's departure and what lies ahead.

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“presidentialism works just like Linz said it would. In the current moment, we see all the perils of presidentialism, w/ the legacies of American’s social & economic foundations”

It’s all in Linz. The rest is commentary. Go and learn with Rav @TomPepinsky. https://twitter.com/tompepinsky/status/1309101118060933121

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America is a Normal Country: Presidentialism Can Break It, and Exceptionalism Won’t Save It http://tompepinsky.com/2020/09/24/america-is-a-normal-country-presidentialism-can-break-it-and-exceptionalism-wont-save-it/

I've updated the events page at my webpage to include all of my recent book talks and panel discussions: https://observingjapan.com/category/events/.

It was far from obvious when he was reelected that Shinzo Abe would not only stay in office for more than seven years but dominate Japan’s political system as no leader had before. Read @observingjapan on the uphill battle ahead of Abe’s successor:
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Talk for the British Chamber of Commerce Japan, 7 September http://youtube.com/watch?v=5dnEPTto5Lo&feature=youtu.be http://observingjapan.com/2020/09/24/talk-for-the-british-chamber-of-commerce-japan-7-september/

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