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The sentencing of a supposed US biofuel entrepreneur on fraud charges earlier this year drew something of a line under a distinctly unsavoury saga, but it only told one small part of a much bigger [...]

What Trump’s victory means for Africans in America

The election is over, Donald J. Trump is now the President-elect of the United States and the inevitability of Hillary Clinton turned out not to be so inevitable after all. [...]

Pastor Evan, hero or villain: The cult of personality in Zimbabwe

Following #ThisFlag leader, Pastor Evan Mawarire’s decision to quit Harare for the United States, a lot of political discussion in Zimbabwe has ranged from whether he is a “sell out” [...]

Grace Chiumia is a Victim of Malawi’s Defective Political System

Fredric Jameson, a contemporary American Marxist and literary critic opened his influence work on The Political Unconscious (1981) with that slogan: “always historicise.” Jameson’s view is that all works of [...]

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What do the Sustainable Development Goals really mean for global poverty?

Most people haven’t heard about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). And if you have, there’s probably a rosy halo emanating from the deep recesses of your subconscious. If [...]

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WATCH: Beautiful drone footage captures drilling protest in Sahara Desert

Images of thousands of Saharawi people protesting against oil company San Leon drilling in the Western Sahara were elegantly captured from the air by a drone. This part of the [...]

How the people of Burkina Faso defeated an authoritarian coup

On September 16th this year, both the Burkina Faso Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida and the Interim President Michel Kafando were taken hostage by the presidential guard (the RSP), seizing [...]

UN sustainable development goals paper over obvious madness with false hopes

As the UN and the world’s governments ratify the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) we must be clear that they do not represent the best interests of the world’s majority — [...]

‘Everything is nothing without peace’ – How is Tanzania ensuring a peaceful presidential handover?

Key players in Tanzanian politics met for two days this week to discuss a peaceful transition from outgoing President Jakaya Kikwete, the 4th President of the United Republic of Tanzania, [...]

Uganda needs investment for all – not just the rich

Uganda is a country on the move. Following the trauma of the Idi Amin period, political stability and economic policies aligned with international trade have generated economic development and social [...]

Landlocked Swaziland is dreaming of becoming a maritime power

Durban, Port of Richards Bay, Mombasa, Dar Es Salaam, Lagos… Africa is not short on monolithic seaports. These huge harbours act as vital access points for global trade and have [...]

How Uganda’s presidential aspirants are more colourful than those vying to replace Obama

With so many candidates in the mix for the 2016 Uganda general elections, some announced, some soon to announce, and some still on the fence, it’s tough to keep track [...]