The Panama Papers-Africa-Mining Connection

This was bound to happen. “Offshore companies connected to 44 of Africa’s 54 countries appear in the Panama Papers leak, according to new research. More than 1,400 companies in the files of the offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca have names that indicate mining or resource extraction interests – raising fresh concerns about how tax havens can be used to exploit the natural wealth of the world’s poorest continent. Panama Papers: inside the Guardian’s investigation into offshore secretsThe files contain at least 37 offshore companies with operations in Africa that have been named in legal proceedings or criticised by national or international agencies.” (Guardian

Did South Sudan’s Rebel Faction Just Split? “A faction within South Sudan’s rebel movement says it has appointed a replacement for First Vice President and rebel leader Riek Machar, who has been absent from the capital Juba since violent clashes broke out earlier in July. At a gathering at a Juba hotel on Saturday, Taban Deng Gai, who had served as the mining minister in the country’s transitional government, was appointed to act in Machar’s place until he returned to the capital. The appointment was announced by Machar’s chief of staff, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, AfricaNews reported. But Machar’s official spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, rejected the appointment as an “act of terrorism” and said that Gai had been removed from Machar’s movement, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement In Opposition (SPLM-IO), the Sudan Tribune reported.” (Newsweek

No so humanity affirming stat of the day: In the first six months of this year, 5,166 civilians were either killed or maimed in Afghanistan, a half-year record since counting began in 2009. (UN News Center

Crackdown on journalists…Turkish authorities issued warrants for the detention of 42 journalists on Monday, private broadcaster NTV reported, the latest in a widening crackdown that followed a failed coup by the military. (Reuters

Monkey business…Election officials in northern Thailand think they can buy off a gang of monkey vandals with fresh fruit and vegetables, after about 100 macaques tore up voter lists publicly posted ahead of next month’s referendum on a proposed constitution. (AFP


Uganda has received 30,000 refugees in just three weeks and reception facilities are overflowing. Recent fighting in South Sudan has caused a new wave of arrivals, putting pressure on its southern neighbour, which was already hosting half a million refugees. (IRIN

Congo Republic opposition leader Paulin Makaya was sentenced to two years in prison on Monday for his role in protests against a referendum proposing a third term for President Denis Sassou Nguesso, the High Court of Brazzaville ruled. (Reuters

A Nigerian former militant group said on Sunday it has been holding talks with the government to end a wave of attacks on oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta which has crippled the country’s crude output. (Reuters

The United States on Monday announced $127 million in aid for southern African countries where the worst drought in decades is affecting millions of people, stunting children and tempting some farmers to eat their grains instead of saving them as seed for the next crop. (AP

Lack of investment and regulation means life is hard for the men, women and children panning for tiny fragments of gold along Madagascar’s river beds. (Guardian


Britain, France and the United States on Monday backed a UN call for a humanitarian truce in Aleppo after four hospitals were bombed and civilians were killed by airstrikes in the Syrian city. (AFP

Syria’s regime intensified air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo province Monday as a UN envoy prepared to meet US and Russian officials to try to revive peace talks. (AFP

The United Nations warned on Monday that the Libya conflict was preventing some 279,000 children from attending school across the war-torn country. (AFP

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura will hold talks today with top US and Russian officials in Geneva in a bid to revive flagging peace talks, his office said. (AFP


More than 90 percent of rape cases in Indonesia go unreported, highlighting the country’s “deafening silence” around sexual violence as victims fear being blamed, organizers of a recent poll on the issue said on Monday. (Reuters

The U.S. Embassy in Myanmar issued a public apology Monday after a tear gas grenade accidentally exploded during a security exercise, sending fumes out onto the street and sparking rumors of a bomb. (AP

Police in Bangladesh are investigating the death of a 10-year-old boy at a textile mill who was killed after co-workers inserted the nozzle of a high-pressure air pump in his rectum and turned it on. (Reuters

The police in India arrested two men on Monday and accused them of raping an Israeli woman in the tourist town of Manali the day before. (NYT

China has ordered special teams to begin inspecting steel mills across the country to see how well they are complying with tough new pollution rules, its environment ministry said on Monday. (Reuters

India has expelled three journalists of the Chinese official news agency, Xinhua, by refusing to renew their visas to work in the country, a move that could worsen the already strained relations between the two countries. (Hindustan Times

The World Bank and Vietnam on Monday signed agreements under which the country will get $371 million in loans and grants to support its economic competitiveness, green growth and water management. (Reuters

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared a unilateral cease-fire with communist guerrillas effective immediately Monday and asked the rebels to do the same to end decades of deadly fighting and foster the resumption of peace talks. (AP

Thai student protesters will use social media tools, from Facebook to Japanese messaging app Line, to persuade voters to reject a military-backed draft constitution, some of the activists said on Monday. (Reuters

The Americas

The Hospital of the State University of Haiti, the largest and most important public medical facility in this troubled country, is at the epicenter of the most punishing strike by Haitian medical workers in memory. (AP

A Massachusetts man indicted for allegedly raping a child is expected to be arraigned in Boston after fleeing to Guatemala in 2006. (AP

…and the rest

The head of the Port of Calais says he’ll complain to French authorities about massive delays faced by people trying to cross the border at Dover. (AP

Four attacks in a week — three of them carried out by asylum seekers — have left Germany on edge and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policies of welcoming refugees under renewed criticism. (NYT

Britain will need months of preparation before Brexit talks can start, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday, chiding the government in London for not preparing better for the possibility of a ‘Leave’ vote. (Reuters

The Bastille Day attack in Nice — the third terrorist massacre to hit France in 18 months — has sparked anger and racism, putting further strain on an already tense political atmosphere. (AFP

Austria has broken up an international people-smuggling ring that illegally spirited more than 1,000 migrants into Germany, France and other countries from Hungary, police said on Monday. (Reuters

About 150 migrants, mainly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, on Monday started a hunger strike in a field in Serbia on the border with Hungary to demand passage to the European Union. (Reuters


Arsalan Ifthikar fights Islamophobia, on CNN appearence at a time. (

What can aid workers do to heal tensions in a post-Brexit vote world? (Guardian

How the failed coup affects Syrian refugees in Turkey (ODI

Matt Taibbi on How Trump’s Disastrous RNC Doomed the GOP (Rolling Stone

Leaving no one (apart from migrants and refugees) behind (IRIN

The global community is failing to address mental health (Guardian

It’s not looking good for the TPP in US Congress (The Interpreter

We’re Live in Ghana! Call +233 307084585 to Report on Failed, Incomplete, or Ongoing Aid Projects! (The What Went Wrong? Foundation

A toilet or safe drinking water? The stark choice facing many people in rural India (Guardian

Uganda Ill-Equipped for Growing Cancer Burden (IPS

Can the internet reboot Africa? (Guardian
Should international NGOs fear Turkey’s crackdown? (Devex