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How should the crypto-rich spend their money?

LONDON – In February, Forbes published its first-ever list of cryptocurrencies’ richest people. The top ten were each worth around $1 billion, while the wealthiest – an American blockchain innovator named Chris Larsen – was estimated to be worth $8 billion. According to the...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 11:19pm

Making water-smart energy choices

NEW DELHI – Climate change undoubtedly poses a potent – even existential – threat to the planet. But the current approach to mitigating it, which reflects a single-minded focus on cutting carbon dioxide emissions, may end up doing serious harm, as it fails to account for the...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 11:11pm

Three State Visits Kicks off the “Big Year” for China-Africa Relations in 2018

“No matter how the international situation changes, and whatever stage of development China reaches, China will always stand together with African and other developing countries, and be their sincere friend and reliable partner.” This is the earnest promise made by President Xi Jinping...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 11:54am

The promise of primary care

We have four major global challenges in health care. And I think the unsung hero of the health-care system – primary health care – can help us solve them all. The first challenge is the rise of chronic noncommunicable diseases such as hypertension, which is the world’s leading...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 9:30am

For advancement and consolidation, we dare not tire in remembering

This day, twenty-four years ago, this land was already awash with the blood of close to sixty thousand victims, if not more. Yet these were only the first six days. At the end of the ninety-day genocide, the final count of this hollering, horrendous butchering orgy, whose ferocity had never before...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 12:44am

Editorial: Willingness to try Genocide suspects is the missing link, not the evidence

This country has been struggling with the ghosts of the Genocide for close to a quarter of a century. It has been trying to bring closure to the families of over a million souls lost. Along that perilous journey, it has met a few genuine friends who really feel the hurt that survivors of the...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 12:42am

Facebook and the future of online privacy

NEW YORK – Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, recently notedthat the public scrutiny of Facebook is “very much overdue,” declaring that “it’s shocking to me that they didn’t have to answer more of these questions earlier on.” Leaders in the information...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 12:36am

Genocide and a nation’s rebirth

Rwanda and the entire international community remember, once again. The month of April is a time all Rwandans both home and abroad take to remember and commemorate the ghastly horrors of the Genocide perpetrated against Tutsi. An immeasurable suffering, pain and loss that left the country and a...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 12:18am

The future of manufacturing in the Global South

WASHINGTON, DC – In emerging markets, manufacturing has historically been a source of productivity, growth, and jobs. Since the 1950s, industrialization has kept economies in Latin America, Asia, and Eastern Europe on a steady glide toward higher stages of development. But as a growth...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 12:15am

Teaching drugs new tricks

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Producing effective medicines requires huge investments of time and money. The average drug on the market today spent a decade in the lab and in clinical trials, and cost more than $2 billion to develop. Unfortunately, most prescription drugs are marketed for a single...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 12:08am

It shouldn’t take two decades for Genocide orphans to get justice

During one of the talks organised as part of commemorations of the 24th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, the issue of injustice still suffered by young survivors again came to the fore. Many were orphaned at a very tender age, they did not know what their parents owned, be it...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 12:03am

Whether one twists figures or plays around the word ‘Genocide’, the truth remains

The lid is finally off. After more than two decades of trying to set the record straight on the appellation of what happened in 1994 in Rwanda, the United Nations has finally conceded that it was “The Genocide against the Tutsi”, and nothing else. Even for those who believed that a...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 2:01am

How to save women and newborns during childbirth

Globally, more than 5.6 million women and newborns every year die during pregnancy, childbirth, or in the first month of life. Compounding the tragedy, 99% of the maternal deaths and 80% of the newborn deaths can be prevented with the right care. BOSTON – Tennis star Serena Williams’...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 1:34am

The central-bank song remains the same

Even as the world’s major central banks face important transitions, the choices of their new leaders have reflected a desire for continuity. In terms of both policy and personnel, the new normal looks set to be mostly old wine in familiar bottles. LONDON – The changing of the guard...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 1:26am

Editorial: “Ibyitso” chapter needs to be revisited

On October 4, 1990, the skies of Kigali were lit by whizzing tracer bullets and the peace rocked by sounds of heavy machine gun fire and explosions that lasted all through the night. It turned out to be an exaggerated comedy played by the Rwandan armed forces who alleged that the city was under...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 2:33pm

How corruption impedes universal health coverage

There is growing consensus that affordable, quality health care is a basic human right, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals include universal coverage as a target. But until an old foe – corruption and fraud – is defeated, the goal of health care for all will remain...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 1:17am

How inequality fueled the euro crisis

The common denominator of existing eurozone-reform proposals is the completion of a banking union, which many believe is needed to reduce financial fragmentation and break the vicious circle between banks and sovereign debt. But, while this would be a positive step, it will be incomplete without...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 1:07am

Rwanda today is proof of this: Fear not those who can kill the body but cannot kill the soul

Twenty-four years ago Rwanda descended to its darkest moment when more than a million of its citizens lost their lives in a killing frenzy never seen before. Today, as we have done every year since 1994, we remember all those who perished in that Genocide against the Tutsi. In doing so, we are...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 12:15am

In the commemoration journey, there is no room for moral equivalence

This week, we mark 24 AG (After Genocide). In a post-genocide world, there can only be a before, and after genocide. You see, for survivors, the world - as they knew it - ended as Rwanda descended into the abyss, a bone-littered desolate land. For them, 1994 was the culmination of an endless...

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 2:03am

Editorial: Genocide: We must prioritise intergenerational trauma

As the country pauses to remember over a million of its citizens killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, we also take time to reflect on how far we have come as a nation and the post-Genocide challenges that we still need to collectively address. One of these challenges is...

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 1:59am