Politics

A German association called for fixes for Africa’s problems. It’s one of them.

A German association called for fixes for Africa's problems. It's one of them. - African Arguments By continuing...

To beat or not to beat: Museveni’s big Bobi Wine problem

Uganda’s ruling party is in a bind. Less repression will allow the opposition to mobilise and grow. More...

Sierra Leone: How the SLPP took power. And then took some more.

Last year, the Sierra Leone People’s Party won the presidency but not parliament. Power was divided, but not...

Africa Insiders: Guinea protests against president’s third-term plan

President Alpha Condé (centre) on a visit to the US in September 2019. Credit: Tom Witham. The essentials:...

Africa Insiders: Botswana Election Watch briefing

Botswana votes in general elections on 23 October. Here’s some key background information and reading. Will President Mokgweetsi...

Abyei: Sudan and South Sudan’s new chance to solve old disputes

The disputed border area of Abyei has been deadlocked for years. A new approach based on sharing rather...

Africa Insiders: Is Abiy Ahmed’s Nobel Peace Prize premature?

H.E. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed at the African Union. Credit: Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia The...

Africa only fights internal wars. Right? Wrong.

It’s time to bring the academic study of conflict in Africa back in line with reality. Credit: UN...

How I fell in, out, and back in love with the leso

The East African wrapper is a source of pride, rich in meaning and history. But its more complicated...

Africa Insiders: In Egypt, protests return to the streets

A protester waves an Egyptian flag on 4 February 2012. Credit: Alisdare Hickson The essentials: Seven years after...

Afrophobia is growing in South Africa. Why? Its leaders are feeding it.

Across virtually all the parties, leaders have stoked anti-immigrant sentiment for political gain. President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the...

Mozambique’s tense elections: How we got here

After President Nyusi’s eventful first term, the ruling party’s credibility is arguably at an all-time low.  Filipe Nyusi,...

Angola’s oil could actually be the DR Congo’s. Here’s why it isn’t.

About half of the oil being produced by Angola is in Congolese waters, according to the UN convention...

In South Africa, a trans inmate fought the state in court. And won.

A ground-breaking ruling in favour of a trans inmate challenges South Africa’s discriminatory status quo.  Protesters show their...

Africa Insiders: Behind Nigeria’s Islamic school “torture house”

On the streets of Kaduna in north-west Nigeria. Credit: pjotter05. The essentials: Police raided Ahmad bin Hambal Centre...

Why Cameroon’s national dialogue will accomplish nothing

President Biya could have outlined a new plan to address the Anglophone crisis. Instead, he announced talks, beginning...

Africa Insiders: The loophole used to censor M&G and how it got around it

                    The essentials: After publishing an investigation into the involvement...

As Tanzania confronts its industrial miners, what do locals think?

Surveys of communities around Tanzania’s large-scale mines reveal widespread feelings of distrust, marginalisation and reports of violations. The...

From sledgehammer to scalpel: How foreign powers can support Sudan

During this small window of opportunity for real transformation, the US and others must support the new government...

Xenophobic attacks: Why the official outrage from Nigeria this time?

In response to repeated xenophobic attacks in South Africa, the Nigerian government has typically been muted. Why was...

Africa Insiders: Is Liberia ready to address war crimes?

Together Liberia Project. Credit: Bruce Strong/Together Liberia Project. The essentials: Liberia’s President George Weah is making moves that...

Algeria’s establishment wants quick elections. Protesters see it as a trap.

Months after huge demonstrations toppled President Bouteflika, the ruling establishment is trying to organise speedy elections. The Algeria...

Insiders Insight: Mugabe is survived by his family and system

The late Robert Mugabe. Credit: Al Jazeera English African Arguments is and always will be freely-accessible to everyone. But we...

Missing billions, losing patience: Liberia probe targets former officials

Under pressure over the economy and corruption, President Weah has launched a controversial anti-graft investigation. Is President Weah’s...

Some global stars steal African music. On The Gift, Beyoncé celebrates it.

The Lion King album is an example for how African intellectual property should be treated. Beyoncé performing in...

Insiders Insight: Uganda brushes with Ebola, again

A woman holds up an ebola poster at Isanga village on the Uganda – DRC border. Credit: Anna...

Insiders Insight: Flying apartheid flag is hate speech rules South Africa

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Malawi’s maturing democracy to be tested further by more protests

Malawi's maturing democracy to be tested further by more protests - African Arguments By continuing to browse the...

Tanzania: Has President Magufuli forgotten Nyerere’s lessons?

Tanzania: Has President Magufuli forgotten Nyerere's lessons? - African Arguments By continuing to browse the site you are...

The best African films of 2019 so far…

The best African films of 2019 so far... - African Arguments By continuing to browse the site you...

Can a Chinese import ever be authentically African?

Can a Chinese import ever be authentically African? - African Arguments By continuing to browse the site you...

Insiders Insight: Huawei accused of helping governments spy

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Insiders Insight: Malawi’s president is under siege

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Nigeria: Survey shows decrease in homophobic attitudes. Kind of.

Some findings show progress. Others paint a more complex picture. Last month, Nigeria’s most popular gossip blog Linda...

Cameroon’s three deepening divides all have one thing in common

The Anglophone conflict is not the only crisis facing Cameroon. President Paul Biya, 86, has been in power...

Eritrea: Is political change really on the horizon?

Looked at one way, President Isaias’ rule is more fragile than ever. Looked at another, his grip on...

Insiders Insight: Ethiopia sets new tree-planting record

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Colonialists didn’t fail to root out Africa’s tribal politics. They created it.

In the West, rulers used notions of race to subjugate black people. In Africa, they used ethnicity.  Ethnic...

Cash and contradictions: On the limits of Middle Eastern influence in Sudan

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt have been heavily involved in Sudan following al-Bashir’s downfall. But not everything...

Ethiopia: Whatever happens, Sidama needs negotiations

Within five months, the Sidama will get the chance to vote on whether to establish their own federal...