World View

The Garifuna have been threatened with the loss of communal lands to pave the way for foreign investors as US Capital Energy have worked to gain the support of Garifuna

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Iraqi civil rights activist Jalal Thiyab was gun down in Basra, Iraq. Thiyab founded the Movement of Free Iraqis to address issues of discrimination against black Iraqis.

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A video from CNN highlights a story about Lou Jing, a Chinese girl born to an African-American father and Chinese mother.

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Chuka Umunna, a member of Parliament since 2010 and Shadow Business Secretary since 2011, has indicated plans to increase trade with Africa in the future.

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Legal Focus

Private trade credit insurance agencies often struggle with insuring African risk due to the lack of available information.

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France has threatened to prevent free trade talks scheduled between the European Union and the United States if the negotiations include movie and digital media.

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Argentine authorities raided 70 locations in a slavery ring shakedown. The raids rescued over 200 victims of human trafficking who were forced to work in subhuman conditions.

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An Egyptian court recently convicted 43 foreign and domestic non-governmental organization (NGO) employees for allegedly promoting democracy in Egypt without the appropriate documentation.

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Forums

The Pan African Franchise Federation recently held its inaugural meeting in South Africa with delegations from Egypt, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Tanzanian and Nigeria to promote franchising in Africa.

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Current trends in the Middle East indicate that 2013 will mark a busy summer for the franchise industry. The Middle East franchise market is worth approximately $30 billion U.S. dollars.

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The Ministry of Trade of Indonesia recently issued a new regulation limiting the growth of food and beverage franchises in the country. The new regulations aims to prevent monopolies in

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The economic and legal environments in South Africa and other African nations continue to change and evolve this year. Franchising in Africa, and particularly South Africa, as well as alternative

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