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BRICS Opinion

Lia Baker Valls Pereira

There is a need for a BRICS ratings agency

The 2008 financial crisis reinforced the growing list of people unhappy with the three primary western credit rating agencies, writes Prof. Pereira.


Russell Merryman

UK election: Polls predict deadlock – and a potential electoral crisis

The advent of coalition politics in the UK, and the rise of the nationalists, signals a post-poll fallout that is likely more exciting than the election itself.


Ernesto Lozardo

Brazil: In the middle of a great storm

Democratic demonstrations in Brazil protesting graft and slowing growth shows country not in disarray, writes a Brazilian economist.

Asia-Africa synergy crucial for south-south ties

At Asia Africa Summit, leaders endorse a "new type of global partnership", writes a Chinese foreign policy expert.


Elena Lazarou

Brazil uses BRICS Presidency for key foreign policy goals

In pushing for a multi-polar world order, Brazil's foreign policy has been consistent with its BRICS leadership.

BRICS News

China’s April industrial profits rise 2.6% to $78.3bn

China’s April industrial profits rise 2.6% to $78.3bn

The increase reversed the 0.4 per cent dip in March.

Putin discusses ISIL, global security with BRICS NSAs

Putin discusses ISIL, global security with BRICS NSAs

Putin said security issues are firmly on the agenda of BRICS cooperation.

SouthAfrica economy grew by 1.3% in Q1 2015

SouthAfrica economy grew by 1.3% in Q1 2015

The troubled mining sector grew by an annualized 10.2 per cent in Q1 2015 and was a main contributor to

“West uses capital outflow as pressure tactics on BRICS”- Russia

“West uses capital outflow as pressure tactics on BRICS”- Russia

Western countries have pulled out more than $3.5 trillion over the last 10 years.

China military white paper warns against ‘outside threats of hegemony’

China military white paper warns against ‘outside threats of hegemony’

The PLA Navy will shift focus to "offshore waters defense [and] open seas protection", said the document released on Tuesday.

China, Russia security chiefs take swipe at US

China, Russia security chiefs take swipe at US

The two allies criticised the unilateral actions of the US in many parts of the world.

In-Depth

Cameron defies polls, wins outright majority

It would not be the first time that the polls have underestimated support for the Conservatives.




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Q&A

Grateful for Russia, China support: Iraqi ambassador

Iraq has already received Sukhoi jets from Russia.

SA statistics body to aid policy linkage for provinces

The national statistics agency is aiming to provide sub-national quarterly national accounts.

Inside Track

Russians remember defeat of Nazi Germany

Russians remember defeat of Nazi Germany

Seventy years ago, Nazi Germany surrendered to the USSR and Allies, marking the end of WWII in Europe.

BRICS Social

Brazil refutes charges of corruption in football team selection

Brazil refutes charges of corruption in football team selection

A news report claims a company based in the Cayman Islands, has influenced team selection since signing a contract with the CBF in 2006.

40-day Spring Festival travel season begins in China

40-day Spring Festival travel season begins in China

The official spring festival is known for ancestor worship and family reunion dinners.

BRICS Business

China’s April industrial profits rise 2.6% to $78.3bn

China’s April industrial profits rise 2.6% to $78.3bn

The increase reversed the 0.4 per cent dip in March.

SouthAfrica economy grew by 1.3% in Q1 2015

SouthAfrica economy grew by 1.3% in Q1 2015

The troubled mining sector grew by an annualized 10.2 per cent in Q1 2015 and was a main contributor to GDP

NDRC allows private investors to build 1.97 trillion yuan projects

NDRC allows private investors to build 1.97 trillion yuan projects

The NDRC is the biggest, most powerful Chinese bureaucracy, with responsibility over broad swathes of China’s $8.5 trillion economy.

World News

Al-Shabaab injure police in Kenya attack

Kenyan police were on the hunt for the Garissa University attackers when they were ambushed on Monday evening.

ISIL controls all Iraq-Syria border crossings

Tribal leaders said that ISIL had broken through a Shia militia and Iraqi army defensive perimeter near the Habbaniyah military base.

No interest rate hike in June, Fed says

Disappointing first quarter GDP growth contributed to the Fed's change of tone regarding interest rates.

Oil prices rise on Mideast violence, but …

Speculation in energy markets comes ahead of an OPEC meeting, which experts say will be critical in determining which way prices go.

Recent figures show that currencies in India and Brazil have fallen hard against the dollar as economists warn of a flight of foreign investments from emerging markets. Is this a threat to the BRICS's global economic momentum or will they weather it through?