Africa

Kenya’s high court declares move to close the world’s largest refugee camp illegal

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A Kenyan court has ruled that the government must not close the world’s largest refugee camp and send more than 200,000 people back to war-torn… ABC The decision that eases pressure on Somalis who feared the camp would close by the end of… Kenya’s Internal Security Minister abused his power by ordering the closure of Dadaab camp, Judge… Kenya’s high court… Read More »

S Sudan not facing ‘genocide’, but violence is constant

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Constant talk of genocide blurs more prevalent forms of violence that are prolonging the bloodshed in the country. Zachariah Mampilly Al Jazeera News On New Year’s day, I boarded an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Entebbe, Uganda. Formally dressed members of the South Sudanese diaspora crowded the propeller plane alongside businessmen from Uganda, Kenya and South India. We were headed… S Sudan not facing… Read More »

Big hopes for the New Gambia

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What is next for Africa’s newest democracy? Robin Renee Sanders Al Jazeera News The Gambian political crisis appears to be over with President Adama Barrow having taken the reins of power, successfully and peacefully, with the backing and support of ECOWAS. So, what is next… Big hopes for… Read More »

The Egyptian roots of feminism

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The history of ancient Egyptian woman can teach the West that it is not the first region in the world to empower women. Khaled Diab Al Jazeera News Like our Greek cousins across the Mediterranean, Egyptians take outsized pride in their contributions to shaping human civilisation, partly as an antidote to our contemporary state of disarray. For their part… The Egyptian roots… Read More »

Is Africa the Next Big Economic Success Story?

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A hodgepodge of modernization and tradition, Africa has the second-fastest growth rate in the world. Eliot Pence The National Interest The morning after the American presidential elections, I flew home to Washington, DC from Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country. I didn’t know the… Is Africa the Next… Read More »

The African Union Deserves Another Look

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This isn’t the slow African kleptocracy you’re used to. Ahmed Charai The National Interest In Western public discussions today, the word “refugees” triggers an association with Syria; “terrorism,” ISIS and Iran; and “democracy,” an inwardly focused debate about the implications of a wave of populism on governance in… The African Union… Read More »

All Gambians need to rebuild their country, even members of the old regime

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New president Adama Barrow should not be criticised for reaching out to an ‘enabler’ for former leader Yahya Jammeh Sait Matty Jaw The Guardian How do countries with no history of political transitions survive one when it comes along? How will Gambians endure… All Gambians need to… Read More »

Victory for democracy in The Gambia

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Celebrations can now begin in The Gambia, with new leader Adama Barrow set to return home on Thursday. Daily Nation President Barrow, who defeated long-serving despot Yahya Jammeh, moves into the presidential palace to complete a transition that would probably never have happened had the regional leaders and the international community… Victory for democracy in… Read More »

Egypt: The war of attrition against revolutionaries

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Six years after the January 25 Revolution, Egypt’s civil society faces a systemic crackdown, but remains defiant. Khaled Diab Al Jazeera News With the world’s attention on Washington and the new administration’s open assault on the media and journalists, whom Donald Trump described as “among the most dishonest human beings on earth“, few eyes are turned to… Egypt: The war of… Read More »

This year will be key for democracy in Africa, how many will stand test?

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This year has already brought some changes. Nic Cheeseman Daily Nation The US, Ghana and The Gambia have inaugurated new presidents while a mutiny has threatened to undermine political stability in Cote d’Ivoire. On a more personal and less This year will be key for… Read More »

Gambia crisis ends as Jammeh leaves for exile

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Leader of 22 years, who for weeks refused to cede power, flies out of the capital Banjul and into… Al Jazeera Source: News agencies Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh flew out of the capital Banjul on Saturday and into exile after stepping down from power following a weeks-long standoff with President Adama Barrow, who won the… Gambia crisis ends… Read More »

The Gambia’s president has created a political crisis. Now he must go

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Yahya Jammeh is a dictator, but he lost elections. Momodou Musa Touray The Guardian In today’s west Africa that means ceding power, and if he doesn’t go peacefully Ecowas troops will oust him Yahya Jammeh, the Gambia’s embattled… The Gambia’s president has… Read More »

Ethiopia’s coffee farmers eye more fair trade amid rising share in global market

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When you enjoy a warm cup of coffee from a cafe run by an international chain like Starbucks, you may hardly realize that the unique flavor may be coming out of Ethiopia. Addis Ababa Daily Sabah You are also unlikely to hear the refrain of millions of coffee farmers in the eastern Africa nation, the majority of who do not reap the benefits of their hard-earned produce. For every kilogram of… Ethiopia’s coffee farmers eye more… Read More »

The problem with photojournalism and Africa

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Why African photographers don’t get to tell African photo stories in Western media. M Neelika Jayawardane Al Jazeera News Whenever “Africa” is in the headline of mainstream US and European media sources, especially those that are highly regarded, I wince. I know the storyline is going to… The problem with photojournalism… Read More »

Total’s Cyprus Block 11 could rival Egypt’s Zohr discovery, IHS Markit says

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HOUSTON — Driven by the success of Eni’s major Zohr field gas discovery offshore Egypt in 2015, companies are rethinking the Eastern Mediterranean region’s gas potential, according to new analysis from IHS Markit. Total’s announcement that… World Oil “The Zohr gas discovery in… Total’s Cyprus Block… Read More »

Why Saudi Arabia and Egypt are competing for influence in Africa

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CAIRO — Some Middle Eastern countries are showing a great deal of interest in Africa these days, and although Africa seems to welcome the attention, it can do without the drama. Ayah Aman Al Monitor Egypt and Saudi Arabia, in particular, have extended their drive for influence in the Mideast by competing in some African countries. Their differences over… Why Saudi Arabia and… Read More »