28 March 17

The ups and downs of Africa’s online gambling boom

Gambling is a multitrillion-dollar industry and Africa is one of the newest, most exciting players to sit at the table. Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa are the fastest growing markets on the continent, according to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers, while Uganda and
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27 March 17

Is South Sudan standing by as its people suffer?

On Thursday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres accused South Sudan’s government of ignoring the plight suffered by more than half the country’s population. His comments refer to the growing threat of famine in South Sudan, which is already threatening the lives of
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15 March 17

Can Africa learn from South Korea’s protest culture?

Since October last year, millions of South Koreans have taken to the streets to protest against former President Park Geun-hye. The country’s first female president became embroiled in a corruption scandal that rocked the entire nation and saw angry citizens spend
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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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