ESSENTIAL #1: “FORESIGHT AFRICA: TOP PRIORITIES FOR THE CONTINENT IN 2019” BROOKINGS INSTITUTION
From the article: “In this year’s Foresight Africa, AGI scholars and invited experts illuminate the priorities of the continent in 2019, delving into six overarching themes with recommendations for tackling the challenges that lie ahead. This unprecedented dynamism of the continent is creating opportunities for trade and investment and is drawing interest from an increasingly diverse group of external partners. Democracy is consolidating, although the prevalence of tensions and, in some countries, violence during elections point to areas for improvement. The demographic tidal wave looms closer, and job creation has not yet been able to catch up. Despite continued progress on governance, more efforts are needed to eradicate corruption and to elevate the voice of women and young people in the decisionmaking.
Africa is brimming with promise and, in some places, peril. With its array of contributions, this year’s edition reflects both the diversity of the continent and the common threads that bind it together. With that aim, we hope to promote and inform a dialogue that will generate sound practical strategies for achieving shared prosperity across the continent.”
ESSENTIAL #2: “IMPEACH DONALD TRUMP” YONI APPLEBAUM, THE ATLANTIC
From the article: “Today, the United States once more confronts a president who seems to care for only some of the people he represents, who promises his supporters that he can roll back the tide of diversity, who challenges the rule of law, and who regards constitutional rights and liberties as disposable. Congress must again decide whether the greater risk lies in executing the Constitution as it was written, or in deferring to voters to do what it cannot muster the courage to do itself. The gravest danger facing the country is not a Congress that seeks to measure the president against his oath—it is a president who fails to measure up to that solemn promise.”
ESSENTIAL #3: “THE ABORTION ISSUE IS MORE POLARIZED THAN EVER, LEADING SOME TO VIEW MARCH FOR LIFE AS A REPUBLICAN RALLY” RUTH GRAHAM, SLATE
From the article: “The newest class in Congress heralds a redrawing of the battle lines in the ever-contentious fight over abortion. Not so long ago, many moderate members of Congress broke from their parties over this deeply felt issue. Now, Republicans who support abortion rights are “nearly extinct.” Democrats who oppose abortion are a “dying breed.”
At the March for Life, the largest annual antiabortion event, which will take place Friday on the Mall, the increasing polarization of the antiabortion movement as an almost solely Republican issue will be in stark relief.
Leaders of the march enthusiastically welcome support from President Trump and from Vice President Pence — while insisting they want to maintain a bipartisan standpoint and a diverse crowd of attendees.”
ESSENTIAL #4: “TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SEPARATED THOUSANDS MORE MIGRANTS THAN PREVIOUSLY KNOWN” DAN DIAMOND, POLITICO
From the article: “The Trump administration separated thousands more migrant kids at the border than it previously acknowledged, and the separations began months before the policy was announced, according to a federal audit released Thursday morning.
‘More children over a longer period of time’ were separated at the border than commonly known, an investigator with the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general told reporters Thursday morning. ‘How many more children were separated is unknown, by us and HHS.’”