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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20 October 16

Ethiopia State of Emergency: The Walls Close in on Protestors

On Saturday, Ethiopia imposed a six-month “state of emergency” in response to growing unrest across the country. It’s the first time the government has experienced this kind of public dissent during its 25-year rule and its clamping down with everything it
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01 October 16

Is the International Community at Fault for Africa’s Refugee Problems?

This week Kenya’s Deputy President blamed the international community for failing to deal with the world’s growing migrant crisis. Speaking during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, William Ruto accused global leaders of leaving the task up to
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30 September 16

Why Are So Many People Trying to Escape Eritrea?

Around 5,000 people flee Eritrea each month, making it the second largest source of migrants heading to Europe. Only Syria contributes greater numbers to the flock of asylum seekers attempting to cross the Mediterranean each year. That doesn’t tell the full
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14 September 16

Can Social Media Help Build a Better Africa?

There’s no denying the impact social media has had on the geopolitical landscape. Its perceived role in the Arab Spring uprisings between 2010 and 2014 hinted at the power a connected world can have. The phrase Twitter revolution is now
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