02 March 17

Is East Africa the most dangerous region in the world?

Last year’s Global Peace Index (GPI) report from the Institute for Economics and Peace ranked countries around the world in order of safety. Sadly, Africa didn’t score too well in the report, largely thanks to the reemergence of civil conflict, a
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28 February 17

How long will Ethiopia’s state of emergency suppress dissent?

On February 2, Ethiopia’s communications minister told the Financial Times that the country’s state of emergency had succeeded in suppressing nationwide anti-government protests.

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28 February 17

What’s behind the ‘xenophobic’ attacks in South Africa?

On Friday, a group calling themselves the “Mamelodi Concerned Residents” marched against South Africa’s immigration laws in the country’s capital, Pretoria. The protest sparked a wave of looting shops owned by foreign nationals – particularly Somali immigrants – which prompted clashes
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24 January 17

Why ISIS Could Soon Be Africa’s Biggest Security Threat

There aren’t many African nations that don’t have recent memory of conflict. Burundi, South Sudan and Ethiopia region are all suffering from internal struggles while the after-effects of recent events in Congo, Rwanda and other nations are still felt on
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28 December 16

What Does President Trump Mean for Africa?

So the Americans actually went ahead and did it; they elected a white billionaire and former reality TV ‘star’ with zero political experience to be their next president. And, let’s face it – that’s probably one of the nicest descriptions you
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05 December 16

A Brief Glimpse of Africa’s Kim Jong-un

Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki is routinely called Africa’s Kim Jong-un by the Western media. The comparison is pretty simple: Eritrea is Africa’s version of North Korea and Isaias [Eritreans are addressed by their first name] is its secretive, all-empowered leader.
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30 November 16

Could the West Learn Something from African Democracies?

There’s a common notion in the Western world that African democracies should grow up to be more like their international counterparts. The US definition of democracy, inherited from Britain in the 17th century, is the model for others to learn from –
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14 November 16

World’s Worst 21 Countries for Girls All African, Says Save the Children

A new study from Save the Children suggests girls and young women in Africa face more struggles than their international counterparts. The charity’s Girls’ Opportunity Index ranks countries based on five key indicators to measure the chances young women have of building
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12 November 16

What Would the ICC Mean Without Africa?

This week, the Gambia became the third African country to announce its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court in the space of a month.

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02 November 16

The very different fortunes of Rwanda and Mozambique

On an October 24-26 visit to Mozambique, Rwandan President Paul Kagame was praised for the progress his country has made since the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, in which an estimated 800,000 people were slaughtered in a 100-day bloodbath. After
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