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Global issue 20

40 54 The Ibrahim Index of African Governance ranks countries according to the effectiveness of their governance. The 2014 report contains a mixture of good and bad news, says Molly Ravenscroft 57 Russian manoeuvres in the Arctic have prompted Canada to increase its military presence at its northern borders. But local communities would rather see the money spent on raising living standards, as Sarah Starkey explains 63 Greece wants the British Museum to return the Elgin Marbles. Johannes Ruckstuhl reports Bangladesh 66 Two women have dominated Bangladesh’s political scene since independence. But the ‘battling begums’ are barely on speaking terms 68 The tribes of Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts have a long history of persecution, as Jade Fell discovers Saint Lucia 72 Elections on the island of Saint Lucia are a two-horse race, says Neil Ford 74 Kenny Anthony, Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister, is determined to hurricane-proof the island 76 Traditional folk culture is seeing a resurgence, as Juliet Highet explains 14 Key contributors Anver Versi is the editor of the Londonbased magazines African Business and African Banker. Born in Kenya, he worked for the Nation Newspaper group and international news agency Camerapix, producing television documentaries. He has also written for the International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Times, The Independent and The Guardian. Juliet Highet originally trained as a photographer, living in East and West Africa as well as India, and subsequently travelled to 52 countries. In Nigeria she began writing professionally and on her return to UK began editing books and magazines. She is the author of Frankincense: Oman’s Gift to the World and a specialist in contemporary Arab culture and its heritage. Andrew Mourant is a freelance journalist who has contributed to UK national newspapers including The Independent, Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian and Times Educational Supplement. He now writes mainly for magazines, covering subjects including international business and culture. He is the author of several books about football. www.global-briefing.org Register on the website to access online issues and the Global archive 79 Commonwealth Network n Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri talks about what inspires his writing. Jade Fell was listening n Commonwealth organisations discuss their changing relationship with the Secretariat at a London conference n Young people talk about some of the challenges of living in a small island state n Winners of the Commonwealth Essay Competition www.global global f i rst quar ter 2015 -br ief ing.org l 3 © Russell Watkins / UK DfID CC BY 2.0 © Janie Airey Cover image: East Pediment Sculpture, British Musuem, London. Photographer: Steven Zucker, Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0


Global issue 20
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