18 July 18

After all the champagne and PR stunts, the real work for Eritrea-Ethiopian peace begins

On Wednesday morning, the first commercial flight between Ethiopia and Eritrea in more than 20 years departed from Addis Ababa. Passengers enjoyed champagne, which was served with red roses – the latest of many peace symbols exchanged between two nations
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06 July 18

Is Abiy Ahmed delivering the change Ethiopia needs?

Abiy Ahmed was chosen to replace Hailemariam Desalegn as Ethiopia’s prime minister in April and he inherited a nation in crisis. Desalegn’s resignation followed years of attempting to quash anti-government protests across several parts of the country, largely driven by
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03 July 18

The other side of ‘overpopulation’ in Africa

While population growth is slowing in the developed world – and even shrinking in certain cases, such as Japan, Germany and Spain – Africa’s population is steeply increasing. For a continent that, in many places, still struggles to feed itself,
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01 July 18

South Sudan: Another peace deal, another violation suggests nothing has changed

Earlier this week, South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a peace deal, promising to bring an end to the country’s civil war that has killed as many as 300,000 people and crippled the nation’s economy.
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30 June 18

This study reveals Africa’s bad air is responsible for almost a quarter of child deaths

According to a new study from Stanford University and the University of California attributes almost a quarter of infant deaths in sub-Saharan Africa to poor air quality in the region. The study, which was published in Nature earlier this week,
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20 June 18

Big Tobacco’s big deception

South Africa’s Revenue Service (SARS) is boosting the reach of its investigative units as it raises the stakes in the fight against the country’s illegal tobacco trade, according to a recent announcement by Acting Commissioner Mark Kingon. The SARS initiative
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18 June 18

Studies confirm African migration isn’t how the Western media likes to portray it

Africa’s migrant crises are generally depicted in the same way across Western media organisations. Boats filled with immigrants heading to Europe, overloaded camps at border crossings and interviews with migrants who have settled in Western nations are regular features in
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14 June 18

Why some ‘Eritreans’ are against Ethiopia’s peace efforts

Last week, Ethiopia’s ruling coalition party extended an olive branch to Eritrea that could see an end to the longest-running conflict in Africa. For sixteen years, Ethiopia has refused to withdraw troops from disputed areas along its border with Eritrea,
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05 June 18

Press freedom is becoming even more elusive in East Africa

Press freedom has never been abundant in East Africa but the past few months have seen some of the region’s leading nations implement regulations that stifle media organisations, journalists and publishers. Kenya’s cybercrime bill is being criticised by many as
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01 June 18

How serious is Africa’s debt crisis?

During the mid-1990s, most of Africa was frozen out of global economics entirely, due to crippling debts they simply couldn’t pay. Essentially bankrupt, more than 30 countries across the continent were tied down by overheads beyond their means and major
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