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Global issue 20

Contents 33 Namibia 26 Hifikepunye Pohamba is about to complete his tenure as president after two terms. Barnaby Bayswater looks back at his legacy 30 In contrast to some of its African neighbours, the relatively young country of Namibia is stable and secure, but lacks political competition, says Neil Ford 33 The character of Namibia’s cities has been shaped by a mixture of imported architectural styles and local traditions, as Andrew Mourant discovers Arena 36 When unrest in Israel and the Palestinian territories explodes onto international TV news channels, it’s hard for outsiders to grasp the root of the long-standing grievances on both sides. Katie Silvester looks back at the region’s history 40 Sharia law is becoming more dominant in Malaysia, with Muslims no longer allowed to change their religion and non-Muslims feeling marginalised. Kate Bystrova meets concerned lawyer Zaid Ibrahim 43 The deployment of German troops outside its borders, even for peacekeeping missions, still prompts nervous reactions – both at home and abroad. Johannes Ruckstuhl looks at the way forward for the country’s armed forces 46 Superstition and a slow response created a perfect storm that led to the spread of Ebola, says Trevor Grundy 48 Christchurch is still recovering from its 2011 earthquake, with town planners now saying that reconstruction could take up to 100 years. But that hasn’t stopped New Zealand’s economy forging ahead. Chris Pritchard explains 50 Economists and business leaders are flocking to the Swiss town of Davos-Klosters for the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting, to chew over key trends and developments. Anna Wolverine reports 52 Keeping the peace or sitting on the fence? Swiss neutrality has helped the country avoid warfare and foreign invasion, but it positions Switzerland as an outsider in some international arenas. Johannes Ruckstuhl explains Regulars 4 News Leaders pay tribute to Michael Sata; new Toronto mayor promises action over antics; gender equality ‘will take 80 years’ 8 Election Watch Who’s in and who’s out 11 Energy Watch World energy trends 12 Vital Statistics Find out which countries are winning the battle to eradicate polio 13 Out of Africa The knock-on effects of the Ebola outbreak have spread far beyond the countries affected – but the disease won’t stop the continent’s progress in the long run, says Anver Versi 56 Introducing… Nicola Sturgeon Get the lowdown on the new leader of the Scottish National Party from Lesley Curwen 60 Books Capital: A Portrait of Twenty-First Century Delhi; Glimpses of a Global Life 92 Hail and Farewell Nigel Farage and Grace Mugabe take centre stage Global Insight: Women 14 Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the one-time Deputy President of South Africa, is committed to endorsing gender equality as the executive director of UN Women 14 Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on balancing motherhood with politics 17 Women still only make up a small percentage of senior politicians worldwide, says Kate Bystrova 22 The term ‘feminism’ has had a bad rap. But that’s just because a lot of people misunderstand what it means – it’s as relevant in the 21st century as ever, explains Kate Bystrova f i 2 l rst quar ter 2015 global www.global -br ief ing.org © Patrick Giraud / CC BY-SA 2.0 57 © Ansgar Walk CC BY-SA 2.5


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