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ISSUE 38

Stella Nyanzi: the formidable feminist foe Museveni has failed to silence

By Kylie Thomas Dr Stella Nyanzi, a queer feminist writer, activist and Research Fellow at the Makerere Institute for Social Research in Uganda, has been imprisoned in Uganda for allegedly insulting President Yoweri Museveni on...

Why South Sudan faces collapse if peace pact fails – again

By Luka Kuol South Sudan is arguably the most fragile state in the world. Lacking an institutional legacy at its creation in 2011, political, security, economic, and social indicators have all deteriorated amid civil conflict....

South African voters are moving beyond party loyalty: they want delivery

By Leila Patel The attention of South Africans has recently been firmly fixed on issues of good governance – or more specifically on its failures. This is due partly to several exposés of scandals involving...

What drives police violence in Ghana, and what can be done about it

By Justice Tankebe   Student protests in Ghana resulted in the temporary closure of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The cause: police use of force in the arrest of students following a vigil...

Nigeria’s Ezekwesili: minister turned activist who wants to be president

By Sharkdam Wapmuk   Many Nigerians are currently debating the country’s 2019 presidential election. Attention has been focused on the two dominant political parties – the ruling All Progressive Congress, and the opposition’s Peoples Democratic Party....

How the First World War rewarded white South Africans, but not black compatriots

By Martin Plaut The outbreak of the First World War, coming little more than a decade after the Anglo-Boer war ended, presented white South Africans with a conundrum. Should they join Britain and her allies,...

How Ethiopia’s progressive premier is levelling the gender playing field

By Yohannes Gedamu IMAGE: Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde (left) and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took over from Hailemariam Desalegn in April 2018, Ethiopia has experienced a rapid pace of political reforms....

Agreements that favour Egypt’s rights to Nile waters are an anachronism

By Salam Abdulqadir Abdulrahman Egypt has historically adopted an aggressive approach to the flow of the River Nile. Cairo considers the Nile a national security matter and statements continue to include threats of military...

Why the clamour for a referendum in Kenya is ill- timed and ill-advised

By David E. Kiwuwa   Political manoeuvring in Kenya is picking up steam again. It’s most evident in the controversial clamour and debate for yet another national referendum ostensibly to help the country fix governance...

Can the centre hold, or will South Africa get its own Bolsonaro?

By Roger Southall Present indications are that South African voters are not gearing up to “do a Brazil” in the face of a mounting economic crisis and high levels of corruption within the ruling party....
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