The following is a selection of stories published online and in print, in English and Spanish, from various places in the world, written by Lorena Fernández.
Mutharika Cracks Down – The President has always rejected criticism but his reaction to recent dissent could prompt more unrest and damage national finances. Africa Confidential.
Money Ill Spent – Malawi fails to qualify for the 10th round of the Global Fund. News Africa.
What the Doctor Ordered – Link between ex-President Bakili Muluzi and Taiwanese funds. Africa Asia Confidential.
A Port With No Ships – The presidential dream of a navigable trade route to the sea will need more than a grand opening ceremony to make it a reality. Africa Confidential.
Road Builders – Japan and China both want to get their hands on Malawi’s transport infrastructure. Africa Asia Confidential.
Pre-emptive Policy – Police swooped on organisers of the ‘Big Bicycle March on the Chronic Fuel Crisis’ just before it set off in Lilongwe on 14 February. Africa Confidential.
Subsidising Politics – Maize subsidies win votes but the impact on the economy – and on agriculture – is not so healthy. Africa Confidential.
Thank You For Smoking – African producers could be penalised in talks this week on the Framework Convention of Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Africa Confidential.
Tobacco And The Forex Puzzle – Better prices alone for the tobacco crop will not address the worsening economic crisis. Africa Confidential.
Turismo no Supera la Revolución en Egipto –El turismo en Egipto pierde un tercio de ganancias luego de la revolución. El Comercio.