Year: 2019

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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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