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Botswana: Cry of the Kalahari

Botswana is a small country, with 2.2 million people who would probably be in great shape if it weren't for the high incidence of HIV/AIDS. It has a stable government, a literacy rate approaching 90%, and a GDP per capita of over $16,000. The nation's big business is...

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All About Employee Stock Options

Here's some more information from Idiot's Guides: Options Trading, on employee stock options. Employee stock options are a special class of options. They give the holders the right, but not the obligation, to buy shares of the company in the future at a price...

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Option trading basics

My latest book is the Idiot's Guides: Options Trading. Like so many pursuits, trading is something that requires practice and refinement. Options trading is as much about hedging as it is about speculation. The process matters. As much as you want to jump in and start...

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Namibia: Unfinished Business

Namibia was under the rule of the Republic of South Africa until it achieved independence in 1990, with the help of a civil war. This book is an academic text that evaluates the state of the nation's democracy. I don't normally read political science works, so it's...

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Zimbabwe: We Need New Names

My African book project is starting to wrap up with We Need New Names: A Novelby NoViolet Bulawayo. It's a coming of age story about modern Zimbabwe, involving a young girl whose childhood is spent in a nation in disarray. She eventually leaves for the United States,...

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Malawi: Growing Up In Malawi

Malawi is a small, young, and poor country. The nation has about 18 million people, almost 70 percent of whom are under age 24. No surprise, there aren't a lot of cultural exports. I came across a UK indie band called Lake Malawi, but it's not the same thing. For...

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