26 September 19

These are the ‘richest’ countries in Africa

There are many ways to calculate the economic performance of a country but GDP tends to be the favourite metric of economic reports. In Africa, we’re used to seeing the likes of  Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt top the region’s economies
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19 September 19

What do Ethiopia’s election law changes mean ahead of 2020 vote?

Last month, Ethiopia’s parliament passed a new election law that amends a total of 149 articles in what is now called the “Ethiopian Election, Political Parties Registration and Election Ethics.” While the law passed unanimously through parliament, it has caused
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19 September 19

These are the worst African countries for press freedom in 2019

Earlier this week, Eritrea ranked as the world’s most censored country in a report released by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Equatorial Guinea also featured in the world’s top ten most censored country, coming in at eighth in the
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30 August 19

African farmers are using killer chemicals to grow food

Earlier this month, the Route to Food Initiative published a study [PDF] revealing the widespread use of pesticides by Kenyan farmers, using chemicals banned in Europe but approved by the Kenyan Pest Control Products Board. However, this isn’t only a
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29 August 19

Can East African leaders push for reforms in Eritrea?

More than a year since Eritrea and Ethiopia stunned the world by signing an unprecedented peace deal, the narrative on human rights issues in Eritrea is the same. Young people continue to flee the country, citing the horrific conditions of
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29 August 19

Can Burundi avoid crisis with next year’s presidential election?

The last time Burundi held a presidential election, the country descended into one of  East Africa’s most volatile civil conflicts. More than 1,200 people have been killed since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would run for a third term in
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13 August 19

Somalia is in a lose-lose situation over Kenya border spat

An ongoing maritime border dispute between Somalia and Kenya has placed pressure on bilateral ties between the two countries since 2014 and threatened security in the Horn and East African regions.

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08 August 19

Politics has lost its charm among Somalia’s youth

POLITICS is perhaps the most commonly used word in every sphere of life these days. Now, when independent Somalia has reached the age of 59, why not have a look at the youth and their perception of politics? Independent Somalia
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08 August 19

A Sidama referendum won’t fix Ethiopia’s ethnic troubles

Dozens of people were killed in southern Ethiopia last month during clashes between activists from the country’s Sidama ethnic group and security forces. Ethiopia’s fifth-largest ethnic group is demanding its own federal state and the constitution legally binds the government
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30 July 19

The ICC needs to investigate EU migrant policies killing migrants

In June, two human rights lawyers filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the European Union, accusing the regional bloc of crimes against humanity over the migration policy of member states. Juan Branco and Omer Shatz submitted
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