Politics

Insiders Insight: The decoloniser nobody was waiting for

African Arguments is and always will be freely-accessible to everyone. But we also have a separate spin-off product called...

On shared struggles: From Sudan to the gilets jaunes to #MeToo

Sudan stands alone as it protests thirty years of oppression. And yet so much of its struggle resonates...

Don’t just vote. Mobilise. (Aka Why elections won’t change Nigeria)

Just like the colonists gave way to independence, and the military gave way to civil rule, the current...

Rest in Power: Oliver Mtukudzi, music legend and pan-African trailblazer

“Tuku” used his powerful poetic voice to change whole systems, forge global connections, and advocate for justice, freedom...

President-on-a-Leash Tshisekedi and the DRC’s paradoxical new politics

After a long struggle, the people have (kind of but not really) got what they want with President...

Five lessons from Nigeria’s no-show presidential debate

Both the president and his main challenger failed to show up last Saturday, but the debate battled on...

Liberia: How is President Weah faring one year on?

One turbulent year after George Weah came to power, the challenges are starting to pile up, but hope...

How Kenya’s security forces made sure they responded better this time

Kenya’s security services failed to heed warnings of an impending attack, but otherwise responded much more quickly and...

Dear The West, why do you find it so hard to say sorry?

Forgiveness is central to many African cultures. As Europe debates whether to return looted African heritage, a simple...

Insiders Insight: Zimbabwe protests as economic crisis deepens

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With Ethiopia’s border now open, why are Eritreans still fleeing to Sudan?

Despite huge regional shifts, Eritreans continue to flee through Sudan, aided by resilient and flexible people-smuggling networks. Eritrea-Sudan smuggling...

Congo’s 2018 elections: An analysis of implausible results

What are the chances that Felix Tshisekedi really won? Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi was announced the surprise winner...

Insiders Insight: Kicked out of Mogadishu

Mogadishu, Somali. Credit: Frank Keillor. If you haven’t subscribed to the Insiders Newsletter, you’re missing out on the...

Gabon’s coup may be over, but its many crises are not

It’s not just a few soldiers that are perturbed by Gabon’s deepening political crises and President Bongo’s ill...

Sudan Uprising III: What 1964 and 1985 tell us about today’s protests

Sudan has twice removed authoritarian regimes through popular protests. How does today’s uprising compare? Overlooking Khartoum, Sudan. Credit:...

Congolese have done their part. Now’s SADC and the AU’s moment of truth.

As the DRC counts votes from the presidential election, the regional and continental body will be crucial in...

Insiders Insight: Threats to Sudan’s Bashir from without and within

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