02 August 16

Is John Magufuli East Africa’s Next Paul Kagame?

Last week, Tanzania President John Magufuli threatened to crack down on opposition protests “without mercy”. It’s the latest in a series of moves to outrage his opponents. They say he’s an undemocratic leader seeking to create an authoritarian state. And, while his
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29 July 16

Has the World Already Forgotten Burundi?

It was hard to escape press coverage of Burundi’s political crisis during the second half of last year. Speculation the country could descend into an ethnic conflict, similar to Rwanda’s in 1994, made great headlines – for journalists and readers
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25 July 16

What is happening in Mozambique?

American helicopter flying over flooded Limpopo River in Mozambique – via Wikimedia Not long after Sir John Chilcot’s long expected 2.8 million-word report on Tony Blair’s involvement in the Iraq war was made public, it was confirmed that the ex-U.K.
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18 July 16

Failed State: Was South Sudan Doomed From the Start?

Following the latest armed clashes in Juba, South Sudan’s status as a failed state seems confirmed. A ceasefire order from President Kiir just about prevented all-out civil war last week. But the extent of violence seen in the capital recently
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17 July 16

India PM’s Africa Visit About More than China, Natural Resources

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has just returned from his first visit to the African continent. Over five days he visited four countries to meet their respective heads of state: Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa. His African tour was
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11 July 16

Sorry Africa, There’s No ‘Chinese Dream’ for Migrants

China’s growing interest in all things African is well documented. It’s not just Chinese money flowing into Africa, though – more than a million Chinese migrants have moved to African nations over the last few decades. After building Chinatowns in Kenya, Nigeria
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05 July 16

As UN Praises Somalia, How Much Has the Country Really Improved?

This week envoys to the UN and African Union (AU) praised Somalia, claiming the Horn of Africa country is on the right path to stability. That might come as a surprise to some, considering the increased frequency of Al-Shabaab attacks
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04 July 16

As South Sudan Cancels Independence Day, What Does It Really Have to Celebrate?

On Friday, South Sudan’s government announced the country would not be celebrating its fifth anniversary of independence. Michael Makuei, minister of information, told reporters the government didn’t want to spend money on lavish ceremonies. “We need to spend the little that
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03 July 16

How David Cameron’s Resignation Put the Spotlight on African Leaders

David Cameron’s resignation has been largely overshadowed by Britain’s vote to leave the EU. After all, one man’s career is small fry when the whole world is trying to figure out what it all means. For every theory and argument about
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03 July 16

What Happens After Kenya Closes Dadaab Refugee Camp?

Back in May, Kenya warned the international community it would close the world’s largest refugee camp. At the time it wasn’t clear whether President Kenyatta really intended to close the camp or was simply calling out for more international support. However,
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