23Nov 2020

The concept of debt-trap diplomacy has been widely used in recent years, including by world leaders. Most of the time, it is associated with the People’s Republic of China, particularly when bilateral agreements which are part of the Belt and Road Initiative are signed between the Chinese and other developing nations. But what exactly does… Continue reading

26Oct 2020

In October 2016, a respected US news organization, BuzzFeed, published an investigative report about the 2009-2010 Ghana-Kosmos Energy dispute. The article (https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/dinograndoni/oil-in-ghana), titled ‵How Hillary Clinton’s State Department Fought For Oil 5,000 Miles Away′, exposed Johnnie Carson’s and Riva Levinson’s actions against Ghana’s interest. Asked by BuzzFeed to comment on the revelations, both Carson and… Continue reading

15Oct 2020

The past few weeks have been quite tense on the Armenian-Azerbaijan border, with the two countries waging a full-scale war over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory. This piece of land, located right at the border of these two countries, has been a bone of contention between Armenia and Azerbaijan for decades. Both states consider the territory… Continue reading

28Sep 2020

Johnnie Carson was supposed to be an independent international observer of Ghana’s 2016 electoral process, but he wasn’t. Instead, the former US diplomat colluded with Nana, working closely with NPP’s foreign consultants Riva Levinson and KRL International. In his 2016 acceptance speech, Nana Akufo-Addo voiced his thanks to “the strong observer mission from our friends… Continue reading

17Sep 2020

Is there such a thing as “responsible lobbying”? Sure there is, but the act of lawfully attempting to influence something usually gets hurdled with the many examples of how corporations and interest groups have successfully managed to regulate government policies in their favor, regardless of how good or bad those policies were. The good When… Continue reading

03Sep 2020

The unconditional basic income is an idea that becomes more mainstream by the day. It was adopted as a policy by the center-left Spanish government, and it is promoted as an experiment in countries like Finland and Germany. As an idea, it has both supporters and opponents, but both parts usually think that introducing a… Continue reading

01Sep 2020

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo rewarded his electoral consultants, KRL International, with a $1 million contract. The agreement was signed by KRL International and Ghana’s Ministry of Finance, led by Nana Addo’s cousin and campaign finance manager, Ken Ofori-Atta on 28 June 2017. KRL claimed it was already providing lobbying services on behalf of the Ministry… Continue reading

30Aug 2020

TikTok – we have all heard about the Chinese-owned app that has rapidly become the defining social media app of Gen Z. Once known as Musical.ly, TikTok quickly transformed into something more like Vine: a goofy place for memes, ironic inside jokes, weird comedy, and dance sessions. The success of the app, however, was shadowed… Continue reading