From one coup to the next – the arrest of the Malian president

A country with a very tumultuous past is Mali. This West African country has a history of colonisation, wars and terrorism. This week, after a relatively calm period, the commotion

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Uganda’s opposition leader arrested during protests

Uganda seems on edge after Bobi Wine was again arrested and intimidated along with his party partners. After losing his election for Presidency against the current incumbent President Yoweri Museneni, Bobi Wine has faced particular challenges including house arrest, harassment, and persecution from the established regime. Find out more on our Checks & Balances site.

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Civil war on the rise?

Everyone is busy with the American elections, but at the same time an old conflict has flared up. So much that even the American government had time to dedicate a

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A Study of Pressure and Time: Polemic Surrounding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Nears an Uneasy Resolution

When Morgan Freeman’s character in the iconic 1994 movie The Shawshank Redemption pondered about the study of pressure and time, he likened the gradual but mighty power of geology to

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Historic Malawi Presidential Election: the Death or Protection of Democracy?

On Tuesday 23rd 2020, Malawi held a historic re-run of their May 2019 elections. Malawi, like many of its African counterparts, have consistently experienced barriers in the way of establishing

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The Mozambican Conflict: Cabo Delgado’s Civil War

In May 2018, a group of 10 people, including children, were beheaded in the Montane village of Mozambique. The preparators behind this violence? An Islamist group known as Jamaat Ansar

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Cutting Up Traditions: FGM Criminalised in Sudan

Every year, big and small steps are taken in an effort to improve the quality of life of the world’s citizens in order to secure that their human rights are

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Sino-African Relations: How COVID-19 Ignited an Unexpected Diplomatic Crisis

The outbreak of COVID-19 has caused fissures in relations between states across the international community. From President Trump’s attempt to purchase the German company CureVac to produce vaccines exclusively for

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Death of a Democratic Commodity: Ambivalent, Kenya Mourns Daniel arap Moi

Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium rarely serves as a venue for state funerals. Indeed, the home of Kenya’s AFC Leopards is far from the customary cathedrals, boulevards and grand auditoria that

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The Politics of Ivory: Changing the Paradigm of ‘Western Conservation’

Illegal wildlife trade is currently one of the largest “black market” industries that exist in the world. This estimated multi-billion-dollar business has caused devastating consequences for the world’s ecosystems and

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