Africa: Africa/Global - Paradise Papers, Plus
The Paradise Papers investigation, based on a leak of 6.8 million documents from the offshore law firm Appleby, is the largest of recent revelations of the hidden world of… Read more »
Zimbabwe: After Mugabe, Looking Forward
"While Zimbabweans understandably embraced military intervention because it led to the ouster of Mugabe and prevented his wife Grace from succeeding him, they must also embrace the… Read more »
Zimbabwe: After Mugabe, Looking Back
In Zimbabwe, celebration at the departure of Robert Mugabe from office after 37 years in power has been fervent and heartfelt. But almost all of those celebrating also acknowledge… Read more »
Africa: Questions Asked, Unasked, Half-Answered
The U.S. military presence in Africa, which has been growing steadily since the years following the 9/11 attack, has been having a spotlight in U.S. media after the death of four… Read more »
Africa: Counterproductive Counterterrorism
What strategies work to counter terrorism effectively, whether in Africa or anywhere else in the world? Few would claim to have a convincing answer to that question. However, there… Read more »
Africa: Recent Books Read & Recommended
As with other publications largely focused on current events, AfricaFocus Bulletin is confronted with an exponentially increasing bombardment of daily news. My approach as the… Read more »
Africa: Not Only a Somali Tragedy
"I think it's really quite tragic that a strategy run from Washington, D.C., and from the European headquarters in Brussels pays so little attention when over 300 people are… Read more »
Africa: Tobacco Industry Targets African Markets
"British American Tobacco (BAT) and other multinational tobacco firms have threatened governments in at least eight countries in Africa demanding they axe or dilute the kind of… Read more »
Africa: Africa/Global - How Women Lose From Tax Injustice
A new report from the Association for Women in Development (AWID), authored by Dr. Attiya Waris in Nairobi, makes a powerful case that women lose disproportionately from illicit… Read more »
Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone - Hard Lessons From Disaster
"The calamity that struck Sierra Leone on Aug. 14, when Sugarloaf, the conical mountain overlooking the capital, Freetown, collapsed in a mudslide that swept away buildings and… Read more »
Africa: Does Trump's Administration Have an Africa Policy?
"Africa is terra incognita for the Trump Administration: a continent it cares little - and understands even less - about. With no dyed-in-the-wool Trumpian Africa hands available,… Read more »
Liberia: Bridge to Education, or to Nowhere?
"When Liberia's Minister of Education, George Werner, announced last spring that he was inviting foreign education companies and non-profits to run our public schools, our country… Read more »
Africa: Africa - Visa Openness On the Agenda?
"For now, however, crossing borders remains a painful experience for most Africans. ... On average, Africans need a visa to travel to 54% of the continent's countries; it's easier… Read more »
Kenya: Good Reason to Worry About Election
"Like Nairobi's infamous matatus, the election is barreling along, many times on the wrong side of the law, the noise and vitriol of the campaigns drowning out common sense. For… Read more »
Kenya: Focus on Women in Nation's Election
"As the election draws closer, Kenyans are reminded how sexist and patriarchal their society has remained. Choosing to run is a particularly difficult decision for a woman and her… Read more »
Congo-Kinshasa: Inga Dam Mirage Recedes, Again
The latest projections for the Inga 3 hydroelectric project on the Congo River to become operational, cited in press reports last week, are 2024 or 2025. But even if the project is… Read more »
Africa: Africa/Global - Following the Money
"As an important tool in our fight against corruption, tax evasion, terrorist financing and money laundering, we will advance the effective implementation of the international… Read more »
Africa: Africa/Europe - Mediterranean Trajectories
"On July 5, 2016, a 36-year-old Nigerian asylum seeker named Emmanuel Chidi Nnamdi was beaten to death by Amedeo Mancini, a 39-year-old Italian soccer ultra associated with a local… Read more »
South Africa: #Guptaleaks - Will Heads Roll?
"The Guptas have until now escaped investigation from the state agencies because they have purchased indemnity. You have to hand it to the Guptas; the way they went about capturing… Read more »
Africa: 'Pro-Death' Health Agendas Advance
"3.3 million more abortions. 15,000 more mothers dying. 8 million more unplanned pregnancies. ... Those grim numbers from the Guttmacher Institute show the potential real-world… Read more »
Nigeria: Corruption Undercuts Boko Haram Fight
"Nigeria's corrupt elites have profited from conflict; with oil prices at a record low, defence has provided new and lucrative opportunities for the country's corrupt kleptocrats.… Read more »
Africa: Whose Energy?
"We, the undersigned representatives of African civil society, express our deep concern regarding efforts by the European Union and France to hijack the Africa Renewable Energy… Read more »
Africa: World Bank Financing Land Grabs
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Zambia: From Democracy to Dictatorship?
"Our country is now all, except in designation, a dictatorship and if it is not yet, then we are not far from it. Our political leaders in the ruling party often issue intimidating… Read more »
Africa: Africa/Global - Media Repression 2.0
"In the days when news was printed on paper, censorship was a crude practice involving government officials with black pens, the seizure of printing presses and raids on newsrooms.… Read more »
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