22 May 17

Does South Sudan have what it takes to find peace?

The political landscape in South Sudan is always subject to change, but there’s one constant: conflict. The country’s brief six-year history as an independent state has been turbulent, to say the least. After gaining independence from Sudan in 2011, the
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17 May 17

Why China might be better for Africa than the West likes to admit

China’s epic investment in the African continent raises eyebrows across the West and numerous voices who are quick to criticise the Asia powerhouse’s intentions. China is trying to muscle in on Africa’s natural resources, tie its countries up with dodgy loan
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07 May 17

Rwanda: As candidates step up, could Paul Kagame possibly lose this year’s election?

The notion that Paul Kagame could lose this year’s presidential election seems almost laughable. This is the man who won his last outing with 93% of the votes and last year saw his country vote 98% in favour of constitutional
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28 April 17

Only Africa can put a stop to drain brain

Africa’s brain drain is well documented. Too many of the continent’s best minds leave their home country to study and work abroad, many of whom never return to the place they were born. The implications on African countries are widespread.
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26 April 17

How can East Africa solve its unemployment problem?

“Africa Rising” has been the popular term used to describe the rapid economic growth taking place in sub-Saharan Africa since 2000. The assumption is African nations will continue to rise out of economic turmoil to secure a sustainable and peaceful
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24 April 17

East Africa’s President-for-Life Syndrome

Many Africa watchers might have taken the recent successful ejection of the Gambia’s defeated dictator, Yahya Jammeh, as a sign of hope for the upward swing of democracy in Africa. But despite this morsel of good news, the latest edition
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21 April 17

Will Somalia benefit from Trump throwing his military weight around?

When Trump won the US presidential election late last year there was a global sense that something big – and perhaps not all that positive – had just happened. Talk of building walls, banning Muslims and rewriting international trade deals
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17 April 17

Does South Sudan’s conflict qualify as genocide?

On Wednesday, Britain’s International Development Secretary Priti Patel labelled South Sudan’s ongoing conflict as a genocide. Her comments were prompted by a recent visit to the world’s youngest nation where she experienced first hand some of the conditions people are living
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15 April 17

Press freedom in East Africa is becoming even more elusive

Press freedom is an elusive concept in much of Africa and many other parts of the world. However, there’s this notion that journalists, bloggers and commentators in general are enjoying a progressively more open environment to express their views and
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03 April 17

Somalia: What has AMISOM achieved in 10 years?

This month marks ten years since the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) first marched into Somalia, but it’s not the kind of anniversary that inspires celebration. Instead, with the mission set to withdraw by 2020 and Islamist group Al-Shabaab
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