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Radicalisation in paradise: Tackling the growing threat in Mauritius

At a recent anti-LGBT demonstration, the well-known protest leader openly wore an Islamic State headband. One might not expect the island of Mauritius – best known for its sandy beaches, political stability and vibrant multiculturalism – to be vulnerable to Islamist radicalisation. But recent events suggest the threat could greater than many think. The LGBT rights […]

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How change happened in Ethiopia

A review of how Abiy rose to power Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s rise to power was not without challenges. Shutterstock/Alexandros Michailidis Yohannes Gedamu, Georgia Gwinnett College Last year was an historical one for Ethiopian politics. Most Ethiopians now feel hopeful about the prospect of peace and democratic progress. This is despite the fact that […]

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Zimbabwe’s fuel riots: why austerity economics and repression won’t solve the problem

A day after the president announced a 150 percent hike in fuel prices, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trades Unions and others called for a peaceful three-day shutdown. Their demands were simple: end the economic crisis and hardships, reverse the fuel price increase and pay US$ salaries. By the end of day one, there were several dead […]

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Why photographs of dead in Nairobi terror attack failed journalism

Image – Evacuations during the Riverside terror attack in Nairobi, Kenya. EPA-EFE/Dai Kurokawa … and dishonoured victims George Ogola, University of Central Lancashire An article by the New York Times on the Riverside terrorist attacks in Nairobi has provoked fury and consternation in Kenya. The article features a photograph by AP credited to the photographer […]

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Hugh Lewin: South African journalist, author, militant and prisoner

Hugh Lewin served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Institute for the Advancement of Journalism Franz Krüger, University of the Witwatersrand Hugh Lewin, who provided a unique voice on the South African story over many decades as militant, prisoner, journalist, author and much else, has died in Johannesburg at the age of 79. Lewin is […]

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Zimbabweans Defend Vote Legal Costs

Over the past few months we have watched Zimbabwe campaign and go to the polls in that fleeting moment of hope during which we all get to believe that another Zimbabwe is possible. Once again many of us have been disappointed not just by the “result” but by the conduct of the election and the […]

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British policy towards Zimbabwe during Matabeleland massacre: licence to kill

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s clampdown on dissent in Matabeleland claimed up to 20 000 lives. EPA/Aaron Ufumeli/ Pool Hazel Cameron, University of St Andrews In January 1983 Robert Mugabe’s government launched a massive security clampdown in Matabeleland. It was led by a North Korean-trained, almost exclusively chiShona-speaking army unit known as the Fifth Brigade. They […]

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Gukurahundi: A summary by the CCJP & The Legal Resources Fundation

This report is a short version of a much longer book, which was published and released for sale in Zimbabwe in 1997. This first book was researched and written by the Legal Resources Foundation (LRF) and the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace. (CCJP ) 2000 copies of this longer book have been published, and […]

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Zimbabwe is still in trouble, but it’s under too little pressure to change

Heike I Schmidt, University of Reading Zimbabwe reached a major milestone this year, holding its first parliamentary and presidential elections since Robert Mugabe was removed from power after 37 years of continuous rule. Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party was led on the ballot by his usurper, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who promised the elections would be free and fair. […]

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Military muscle and populist promises: authoritarian populism in southern Africa

Last week I was at an amazing gathering at the ISS in The Hague, which brought together nearly 300 activists and academics to discuss the origins and implications of authoritarian populism. A short reflection on some of the themes emerging was published this weekend in openDemocracy. Whether in the form of Duterte or Trump, Maduro or Mugabe, […]

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