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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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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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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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Colombians are fed up with corruption, and everyone seems to be under investigation

Fabio Andres Diaz, International Institute of Social Studies Civil unrest seems to be the order of the day – and the coming weeks – in Latin America. The sprawling Odebrecht bribery scandal that started in Brazil is now complicating life in many neighbouring nations. In Colombia, recent reports reveal that the Brazilian construction company has […]

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New survey data shows Zuma cost the ANC dearly in the 2016 election

David Everatt, University of the Witwatersrand President Jacob Zuma cost the ruling African National Congress millions of votes in the country’s local government elections in 2016. Core ANC voters stayed away, were repelled by the party – or simply gave up on it. This comes through clearly from private polling data gathered before, during and […]

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