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South Africa’s relationship with big business

Delivering his Christmas message, South Africa's newly elected African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to build an inclusive South African economy - unwittingly...
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Namibia: African success story or elite propaganda?

On 25 July 2018, Samuel Shali Nghihepa, a sergeant in the Namibian Police Special Reserve Force Division, murdered his ex-girlfriend, Alina Kahehongo, in full view...

2017 in Review: Africa

“There is always something new coming out of Africa.” So said Aristotle almost 2300 years ago - and 2017 was no different. Long serving strongmen...
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2017 in Review: The Middle East and North Africa

It's rarely a quiet year in the Middle East, even when the US president doesn't unilaterally reshape the prospects for peace in Palestine. 2017...

West Africa turns a blind eye to Togo protests

Thousands of protesters have flooded the streets in the West African state of Togo, demanding change in what is a crucial test for the...
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The World According to Jericho, 7 September 2018

Editor's Note: Novichok? Not a shock. After six months of prevaricating, London's Metropolitan Police has finally named the two men it believes to have been...

The World According to Jericho, Friday 31 August

Editor's Note: The Scramble for Africa The British are back. Back and humble. That appeared to be Theresa May’s message as she travelled to Africa...

Spaghetti roads and bullet trains: A history of Zimbabwean elections

In a prescient 2012 paper, Martin Dawson and Tim Kelsall suggested that hopes for better governance in Zimbabwe were nothing short of naïve. Rather, the...

Is it safe to go to the World Cup in Russia?

Is it safe to go to the World Cup in Russia? It's a question that has constantly been asked in the build up to...

Is Mahatma Gandhi still relevant in India today?

His face is on every bank note; politicians mark each anniversary of his birth and his passing, but in modern India, does anyone pay...

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