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Counting Africa’s invisible workers

Africa boasts a large and creative labor pool, buttressed by a youth population that is expected to double, to over 830 million, by 2050. But African governments confront a serious problem: they do not know how many people they are dealing with, where they live, or how they earn a living, writes Carl Manlan.

Turkey at a critical juncture

A government that is truly dedicated to the development of its people on an equal basis can be saved by the people and no other safeguard can stand for the government other than its own people, writes Michael Melaku.

Air pollution’s true costs

The effects of air pollution are usually discussed in economic terms. But, daunting as they are, the figures only scratch the surface of the costs of air pollution, which causes millions of premature deaths – and untold suffering – every year, writes Simon Upton.

An attempt to redefine individualism

How individualism proper promotes the welfare of people could be best illustrated by looking at the drawbacks of conventional individualism, as the weaknesses of individualism in its traditional sense are the strengths of individualism proper, writes Habtamu Girma.

Why democracy requires trusted experts

A few decades ago, it was widely assumed that progress in mass education would gradually bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and popular belief, thereby contributing to a more serene and more rational democracy.

Civil society against terrorism

There is plenty that can and must be done to strengthen security in France and elsewhere. But the ultimatum that some French are now implicitly presenting – guarantee absolute security or watch us cast aside the rule of law and basic principles of openness and equality – does more harm than good, writes Dominique Moisi.

A glimpse into academic freedom

In most advanced countries, academic freedom has both constitutional and institutional protection as collective rights of the academic body or as corporate right of the university, writes Habtamu Girma.

Rethinking energy-efficiency policies

Advocates of energy-efficiency policies suggest that there is a significant “energy-efficiency gap”: governments and businesses have overlooked and forgone investments that could significantly reduce energy consumption at low cost.