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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06 September 16

Where Did It All Go Wrong for Rwanda and Burundi Relations?

In August Burundi barred transport vehicles from crossing the border into Rwanda. Since then, all food exports to Burundi’s closest neighbour have been banned, deepening the bilateral rift between the two countries. Back in May, Rwanda expelled more than 1,500
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05 August 16

Development vs Democracy: Is Third-Termism Africa’s Path to Sustainability?

The growing trend of third-termism in Africa is a big topic on the international scene. The likes of Britain and the US have worked closely with African leaders to establish democratic roots across the continent. Yet all that effort is starting
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04 August 16

South Sudan: Would an Arms Embargo Aid Peace?

After renewed violence ni South Sudan, the UN is once again calling for an arms embargo against the country. South Sudan has rejected the proposal, saying it would expose the country to further chaos. Uganda’s President Museveni is among the
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04 August 16

What Will the US Presidential Elections Mean for Africa?

Unlike any other election in the world, the US presidential polls have a truly global impact. When Obama sealed his first victory in 2009 it felt like a genuine moment of change. And there’s a sense this year’s upcoming elections could
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03 August 16

Is Africa the Next Big Travel Destination?

A lot has been said recently about Ethiopia’s rise as a travel destination. The country is touting itself as the “newest travel adventure” and visitor number are sharply on the rise. It makes you wonder if a similar trend could
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