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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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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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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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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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After the downgrade: South Africa should copy Brazil and impeach its president

Mzukisi Qobo, University of Johannesburg The news that South Africa’s sovereign rating has been downgraded caught many by surprise. But it was long coming. The main reason for the rating agency’s decision is clearly concerns about political leadership in the country. Moody’s, which is expected to follow suit, has said as much, stating its decision […]

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How liberators turn into oppressors: a study of southern African states

Henning Melber, University of Pretoria This article is a foundation essay. These are longer than usual and take a wider look at a key issue affecting society. Since coming to political power, the anticolonial movements of Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa have remained in control of the former settler colonies’ societies. At best […]

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