23 October 18

Ethiopia’s exiled Olympic runner returns home – but what is he returning to?

As Feyisa Lilesa crossed the finishing of the Men’s Marathon at the Rio 2016 Olympics, he didn’t just claim his silver medal in the running event – he also brought the world’s attention to events taking place in his home country,
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02 October 18

Why are Gulf nations battling it out for the Horn of Africa?

Things are changing rapidly in the Horn of Africa with the recent peace deal between bitter rivals Eritrea and Ethiopia making the biggest headlines in recent months. There’s no doubt it’s a major breakthrough for the region but the deal
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01 October 18

Eritrea is rebuilding its global reputation – but what does this mean for human rights at home?

Eritrea has been, rather unaffectionately, labelled as Africa’s North Korea by a large section of the Western media in recent years. The secretive state was the single largest source of refugees arriving in Europe between 2014 and 2016 – which
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30 September 18

African governments still aren’t doing enough to open internal trade

In March this year, more than 40 African leaders signed a free trade pact that aims to make it easier for countries across the continent to produce, sell and do business across borders. Intra-African trade is key to sustainable development
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21 September 18

China in Africa: Mutual partnerships or economic colonialism?

China’s aggressive investment in Africa over the past two decades has divided opinion, with many from the West calling out China’s economic interests as a new form of colonialism. What can’t be debated is the numbers: between 2003-2014, Chinese investment
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18 September 18

Ethnic violence is rising through Ethiopia, staining its ‘new era’ in blood

The impact of Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed’s short time in office has been celebrated as a new era for the politically troubled nation. He took office at a time when tensions between the country’s largest ethnic groups and the
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02 September 18

Bobi Wine: Who is the pop star MP shaking up Ugandan politics?

On Monday, a frail Bobi Wine appeared before Gulu High Court on Monday, limping into the building with the aid of crutches. The pop star turned MP, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has become the icon of opposition in
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31 August 18

Is Abiy Ahmed about to deliver the change Ethiopia needs?

In his first press conference since taking office in April, Ethiopia’s new prime minister Abiy Ahmed promised to continue with his dramatic reforms “at any cost” as he promised the nation’s public a “free and fair election” in 2020. This
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22 August 18

Djibouti: from island of stability to agent of chaos?

For the past decade, Djibouti has been a tiny haven in the Horn of Africa, mostly free from the tension simmering elsewhere in the region. This has produced an influx of investment that has turned Djibouti into one of Africa’s
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21 August 18

South Sudan: Can any peace deal involving Kiir and Machar last?

South Sudan’s leaders once again claim the country’s civil war is over – something we’ve heard numerous times before. Of course, this time they tell us it’s different and, in many ways, it is – but there are two key
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