AfricaFocus (Washington, DC)


June 01

  • South Africa: Diamond Miners Dodge Tax? [analysis]

    "In 2011, South Africa produced diamonds whose uncut, or rough, value was $1.73 billion, or 12 percent of global production, according to the most recent government data available.... Read more »

May 26

May 19

May 12

May 05

April 30

April 24

  • Africa: The High Cost of Remittances

    "Remittances from African migrants play a vital role in supporting health, education, food security and productive investment in agriculture. Yet many of the benefits of remittance... Read more »

April 17

  • Mali: Polls Show Turn to Optimism

    "In an Afrobarometer survey in December 2012, three quarters of adult Malians were worried that the country was moving in 'the wrong direction.' At that time, at the depths of a... Read more »

April 14

April 07

  • Nigeria: Security Forces and Insecurity

    "Boko Haram is both a serious challenge and manifestation of more profound threats to Nigeria's security. Unless the federal and state governments, and the region, develop and... Read more »

March 31

March 25

March 17

March 13

March 04

February 26

February 17

  • Burundi: Threats to Democracy, Peace Grow

    The UN Security Council voted unanimously last week to renew the mandate for the UN peacebuilding mission in Burundi until the end of the year, despite the position of the... Read more »

February 05

  • Somalia: Threat to Remittances Lifeline [analysis]

    "Collateral damage" from the war on terror takes many forms. Civilian deaths from drone or missile strikes are the most dramatic when they come to light. Damage from the "financial... Read more »

January 27

  • Africa: Africa - Challenging Homophobia

    "I encourage leaders to take a strong stand for fundamental human rights ... This simply means granting every one the freedom - and the means - to make informed decisions about... Read more »

  • Africa: USA/Africa - Exporting Homophobia

    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed harsh anti-gay legislation into law this month. But Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has backed off on full support for anti-gay... Read more »

January 21

  • South Africa: Renewables Rising, Coal Still King [analysis]

    "South Africa [is] the world's sixth-largest coal exporter, seventh-largest coal producer, and thirteenth-largest CO2 emitter, with per-capita emissions twice the global average.... Read more »

January 13

  • South Sudan: Reflections On Crisis [analysis]

    Negotiations and fighting are both continuing this week in the conflict in South Sudan which erupted into open violence on December 15. It may be that coordinated international... Read more »

December 19, 2013

  • Central African Republic: Violence Continues to Spiral

    According to two new reports, by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, violence in the Central African Republic continues to spiral upwards, with armed militias identifying... Read more »

December 05, 2013

  • Africa: Pope Francis On Economic Justice [analysis]

    "As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of... Read more »

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