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    Burkina Faso: A Thousand Sankaras Come of Age

    In 1987, Blaise Compaoré overthrew Sankara and took over the presidency. 27 years later, Sankara’s ghost may be coming back to return the favour. By Brian Peterson 30 years ago, on 4 August, 1984, the former French colony of the Upper Volta was re-baptised as ‘Burkina Faso’ amidst a revolutionary process that proved to be […] More

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    Goma’s Infectious Happiness Goes Viral

    By Timo Mueller Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo: Last month, a rare thing happened. A video made in the town of Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) went viral. Moreover, featuring musicians, dancers, students, vendors and expatriates, the film wasn’t depicting the usual themes of grief and crisis associated with the region, […] More

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    Eastern DRC: Stop Fixating on Conflict Minerals

    The Dodd-Frank act has not only had limited effect on militant groups, it has also undermined artisanal miners’ livelihoods and local economies. By Christoph Vogel Goma/Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo: In October 2013, after a year-and-a-half-long rebellion in which its forces managed to take control of several major cities and towns in the eastern Democratic […] More

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    Drug Addiction in Africa – The State of Things in 2020

    Drug addiction affects millions of people worldwide, and the African continent doesn’t make an exception. Unlike the other continents, though, in Africa, not only drug addiction is a serious problem, but also drug trafficking. UN officials highlighted that drug trafficking in West and central Africa impacts economic growth, security, governance, and public health. All of […] More

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    African Refugees: The Untouchables of Our Time

    Europe may express sympathy with African asylum seekers in word, but this is often contradicted by their actions in deed. By Yohannes Woldemariam Last month, at least 17 people drowned when a boat filled with hundreds of African migrants sank in on its way from Libya to Italy. The week before, at least 36 had […] More

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    Emerging occupations and businesses

    In developed areas, a whole range of service providing businesses is booming. Floor installation, home and carpet cleaning (have a look at carpet cleaning website where professional carpet cleaning is becoming an option for the regular household, or where they debate the benefits of hiring pro carpet cleaners for the lifespan of household […] More

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    Trade Misinvoicing, or How to Steal from Africa

    The little-understood practice of misinvoicing or re-invoicing relies on legal grey areas and financial secrecy and costs the continent dearly. By Brian LeBlanc Lately, the media has been replete with stories about how Africa is losing billions of dollars a year through a process called “trade misinvoicing.” The concept of trade misinvoicing is simple: companies […] More

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    Protests Grow Over Addis Ababa’s Expansion

    By Mohammed Ademo. Addis Ababa is growing fast and set to expand further, pitting the government against Oromo activists, seeking to protect their rights. Ethnic Oromo students in Ethiopia are ratcheting up opposition to the territorial expansion of the Horn of Africa nation’s capital, Addis Ababa. Thousands of students at all eight regional universities in […] More

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    Food Security is About More than Land Grabs

    Foreign powers are not just engaged in African land. They are also engaged in African food systems, often in damaging ways. By Adam Sneyd , Lauren Sneyd The conventional view right now is that land in Africa is a really big deal. Over the past few years, high-flying experts and journalists have continuously pumped out […] More

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    Terrabyte Incognita: Africa Might Not Look Like You Think It Does

    There is no such thing as an objective map. This was true of cave paintings, Roman tapestries, and colonialists’ charts of Africa. It is also true of Google Maps. By James Wan About halfway through Jonathan Swift’s boisterously witty epic poem On Poetry: A Rhapsody, the 18th century English satirist briefly turns his attention to […] More

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