Africa

Cord to skip elections summit, says organiser extension of Jubilee

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Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) principals have declined an invite to a multi-sectoral summit on elections, terming the organiser an appendage of the Jubilee administration. Daily Nation By PATRICK LANG’AT & JOHN NGIRACHU The matter also raised storm in the National Assembly when Majority Leader Aden Duale said that a… Cord to skip… Read More »

Horn of Africa refugees flock to Yemen despite war

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More than 100,000 people from Ethiopia and Somalia risked deadly boat journey into war-torn Yemen seeking better lives. AlJazeera, AFP More than 100,000 refugees from the Horn of Africa have flocked to Yemen this year despite a raging conflict in the country, the United Nations said on… Horn of Africa… Read More »

What the domestic-violence makeup show tells us about women’s rights in Morocco

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For the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, state TV aired a lesson in applying concealer to facial bruises. The Guardian Samia Errazzouki Why did anyone think this was a good idea? Makeup tutorials have been big business for… What the domestic-violence makeup show tells us… Read More »

The colossal African solar farm that could power Europe

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We visit a vast power plant at the door to the Moroccan desert that is helping to define the energy future of the world. BBC By Sandrine Ceurstemont The minibus crosses the vast plateau on a newly paved road. Cracked fields stretch away towards the Moroccan desert to the… The colossal African… Read More »

Escaping Uganda: Gay refugees forced to flee persecution

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A number of people from the LGBTQI community living in East Africa have had to flee their homes because of their sexuality. ABC Martin Cuddihy Uganda is one the most intolerant places in the world for homosexual people. Many have fled to neighbouring Kenya and are now… Escaping Uganda: Gay refugees forced to… Read More »

Egypt’s anti protest law: Legalising authoritarianism

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How the Egyptian regime used the law to crack down on opposition and isolate voices of dissent. By Amr Hamzawy Since the summer of 2013, following the military coup led by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the ruling regime in Egypt has managed to… Egypt’s anti protest… Read More »

There’s great potential in maritime heritage

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Leaders recently adopted the African Charter on Maritime Security, Safety and Development. Daily Nation By PAUL ODHIAMBO The charter has been developed at a time when African states are rethinking the potential of the blue economy in their territorial waters and… There’s great potential… Read More »

Mohamed Morsi: Egyptian court overturns Islamist ex-president’s life sentence

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An Egyptian court has struck down a life sentence and ordered the retrial of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on charges of conspiring with foreign militant groups, including the Palestinian Hamas which runs the Gaza Strip. ABC The decision by the Court of Cassation in Cairo comes nearly 17 months after the initial sentence against Morsi, who hails from the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood. This is the second time Morsi has… Mohamed Morsi: Egyptian court overturns… Read More »

Algeria’s South: Trouble’s Bellwether

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As waves of protests have hit the hydrocarbon-rich Algerian south since 2013, authorities maintained a tenuous peace through handouts, repression and policing. To calm tensions, the state needs to clarify policies, communicate with local protestors and address underlying issues of… Algeria’s South: Trouble’s… Read More »

The Islamic State Threat in Somalia’s Puntland State

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A stretch of Somalia’s coast has been seized by Islamic State fighters who split from the country’s main jihadist militia Al-Shabaab, which is aligned with Al-Qaeda. A concerted response by the Somali federal authorities is now urgently required to contain the… The Islamic State… Read More »

Cameroon: Confronting Boko Haram

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Cameroon’s military campaign against the Boko Haram insurgency started late but has met with partial success. To consolidate gains and bring lasting peace to the Far North, the government must now shift to long-term socioeconomic development, countering religious radicalism and… Cameroon: Confronting Boko… Read More »

The Guardian view on President-elect Donald Trump: a dark day for the world

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This is a political and cultural cataclysm that few believed would really happen. Editorial It’s a bleak day for America, and for the pluralism and diversity the country has come to stand for Donald Trump wins the US election – live Become a Guardian supporter or make a contribution The Guardian view on… Read More »

Why Morocco Is Investing in Africa

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Morocco wishes to help its fellow African nations claim their due from the West. Ahmed Charai In a historic speech in the Senegalese capital Dakar Sunday, Moroccan King Mohammed VI laid out his country’s commitment to the continent of Africa, and… Why Morocco Is… Read More »

The Libyan Political Agreement: Time for a Reset

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The UN-brokered peace process in Libya has stalled, leaving unresolved pressing issues like worsening living conditions, control of oil facilities, people-smuggling, and the struggle against jihadist groups. New negotiations are needed to engage key actors who have been excluded so far. Executive Summary The… The Libyan Political… Read More »

African Powers Must Support Democracy in DR Congo

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African leaders meeting in Luanda this week got part of the way to solving the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) political crisis, endorsing a proposed sixteen-month delay for the DRC’s presidential election. Richard Moncrieff But to ensure the frustration of the DRC opposition and popular anger does not spill over into more violence, they must do much more to make sure the… African Powers Must… Read More »

Perth lawyer raised in Ugandan refugee camp after fleeing South Sudan wins industry award

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A Sudanese-born lawyer who grew up in a refugee camp in Uganda has won an industry award for his contribution to criminal law in Western Australia. COURTNEY BEMBRIDGE Louis Kristopher has worked closely with the African community in Perth, offering free legal advice and mentoring young people, to… Perth lawyer raised… Read More »