Brazilian financial institutions are technically prohibited from financing corporations operating in unstable markets. As a result, Brazilian firms don't receive nearly as much support as their Chinese counterparts. So, who is succeeding in the battle for public relations?
While there are millions of people living without basic necessities and facing extreme difficulties, Isabel dos Santos, the eldest daughter of Angola's president, became Africa's first female billionaire. Such discrepancies drive us to a recurrent question: Where is the oil money?
There are lots of reasons why China invests in authoritarian regimes. And if any of the world's toughest dictators passes away in 2013, we may be able to see how much China's financial investments pay off in political influence.
At the Miss Universe pageant, Africa was represented beautifully by all of its delegates. These women displayed confidence, poise and grace. Each woman should be so proud of the job they did representing their respective countries.
With conflict minerals the U.S. is in a unique position because our economic influence to combat the illicit minerals trade provides the missing leverage for leaning on the Congolese state to deliver meaningful security sector reform.
Tonight, LeBron tells us where he's going, and unless something changes, he's going to Miami. He could stay with Cleveland. He could have gone to NY, turned the Knicks into contenders. Instead, he appears to have chosen safety.