Africa: Can Former Liberators Lead Africa Into the Future?
During a debate in Johannesburg earlier this month, economist Moeletsi Mbeki - brother of former South African president Thabo Mbeki - said he thought the African National Congress… Read more »
South Africa: Are IS Returnees a Risk for South Africa?
With significant progress in the retaking of Mosul - the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's (ISIS) last major stronghold in Iraq - and continued losses in Syria, many of ISIS'… Read more »
Africa: Be Ready for the Next Global Cyberattack
On 12 May, more than 150 countries were attacked by ransomware with over 200 000 computers infected. Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that encrypts a computer's… Read more »
South Africa: Is Protest the Only Way to Achieve Change?
Violent protests in Eldorado Park, Ennerdale and surrounding areas in the south of Johannesburg and in Coligny in North West province have made headlines over the past few weeks.… Read more »
Africa: Leaders Take Blame for Continent's Resource Curse
African leaders tend to lay the blame on others for the 'resource curse' - the way the continent's natural resources have mostly bred rampant corruption, enriched elites and… Read more »
Somalia: Nation Needs More Action, Less Lip Service
Drought, a lack of security and inclusive politics, unemployment and poverty, piracy and the terror group al-Shabaab continue to plague Somalia. And while there has been progress… Read more »
South Africa: Can Secrecy Strengthen Democracy?
Can Parliament hold the executive accountable if motions of no confidence in the president are not exercised through a secret ballot? That is one of the key questions that South… Read more »
Africa: Population Boom - Burden or Opportunity?
Africa's population is the fastest growing in the world. It is expected to increase by roughly 50% over the next 18 years, growing from 1.2 billion people today to over 1.8 billion… Read more »
Africa: Morocco's Exports From Western Sahara Hang in the Balance
South Africa has been accused of 'sabotaging' Morocco's commercial interests in Africa by seizing a vessel carrying phosphate mined by Morocco in Western Sahara. Read more »
South Africa: The Fuzzy Logic of Radical Economic Transformation
'Radical economic transformation' (sometimes 'radical socio-economic transformation') has become the battle cry - or more prosaically the bumper sticker - of the Jacob… Read more »
Africa: Final Push for Peace in Somalia?
Despite global efforts to combat terrorism in Somalia, al-Shabaab's attacks continue and the group still controls large parts of the country. Read more »
Africa: Why Were SA's Oil Reserves Sold Illegally?
This past week South Africa's new Minister of Energy, Mmamoloko Kubayi, directly contradicted the statement that former minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson made to Parliament regarding… Read more »
Africa: New Police Unit to Root Out Corruption
Corruption has infested the South African Police Service (SAPS) to the extent that public confidence and trust in the police have been seriously eroded. And unless this corruption… Read more »
Africa: Continent Eyes Its Prized Continental Free Trade Area
Former Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi didn't like it when the African Union (AU) set tight deadlines that might never be achieved. At a debate about intra-African trade at… Read more »
West Africa: West Africa Issues a Wake-Up Call to Tyrants
Last week's decision by the Appeals Chamber of the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC) in the courts of Senegal to uphold the conviction and life sentence of former Chadian… Read more »
Zambia: Africa's Silence Encourages Lungu's Bad Behaviour
Zambians pride themselves on their reputation as a peaceful nation, and a peaceful people. It's a well-deserved reputation. In decades of independence - as almost all their… Read more »
Africa: Can Funding Uncertainty Improve Peacekeeping in Africa?
At the end of April, the United States (US) may cut a substantial amount of its development support budgets, including up to 40% of its contribution to United Nations (UN)… Read more »
East Africa: East Africa's Trade Deal With Europe Buckles
Negotiations between the European Union (EU) and African countries for Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) have consumed vast energies from both sides this century - yet with… Read more »
Sudan: Inside Sudan's House of Cards
Two years ago, in April 2015, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir - who assumed power in 1989 - once again won the presidential election. This further entrenched his personal hold on… Read more »
Africa: Citizens Must Unite to Save Corruption-Crippled SA
Democratic institutions in South Africa are in disarray. Serious breaches of accountability have made it hard for the constitutional aspiration of responsive and transparent… Read more »
Africa: Peacebuilding in Africa - Why the Media Matters
The appointment of United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres in January has many wondering how he will take forward the recommendations of three major UN… Read more »
Africa: New African Union Chief Puts Peace Back On the Agenda
The scene is not a familiar one at the African Union (AU): the AU Commission (AUC) chairperson, in shirtsleeves, walking in the blazing sun down an unpaved alley in a war-torn… Read more »
Congo-Kinshasa: New Divisions Threaten Stability in DR Congo
Two political accords and three prime ministers later, and four months after Congolese President Joseph Kabila was due to leave office at the end of his second mandate, credible… Read more »
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