Chadian peacekeepers serving with the UN in northern Mali, 2013. (UN Photo/Marco Dormino)

Instability Widens in Mali and the Sahel Region of Africa

May 23, 2017 Rene Wadlow

The first foreign visit of the new French President Emmanuel Macron, after a now habitual trip to Berlin, was to Gao in northern Mali as head of the French military. The visit was an attempt to be seen as paying attention to the efforts of French troops in operations in northern Mali and other states of the Sahel region of Africa.

Why East Africa Should Reject Economic Partnership Agreement Trade Deal with Europe

October 24, 2016 Horace G. Campbell

Europe is in crisis, and yet countries in East Africa are ready to sign on a poorly understood trade agreement with the EU whose overall impact will be disastrous for years to come. Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) will favour trade in the direction of Europe and stunt African progress. Tanzania has hesitated and called for public debate. Tanzania should provide the bold leadership required in the region to reject the EPA.

Why South Africa’s ANC Is Slipping Away

August 16, 2016 Immanuel Wallerstein

After a long struggle, the system of apartheid in South Africa was overcome. Elections based on universal suffrage were held. The chief architect of this transformation was the African National Congress (ANC). However, recent municipal elections have been widely appraised as a major electoral setback for the ANC. Why did this happen, and what next?

Mozambique’s Movement to End Land Grabs

March 4, 2016 Anabela Lemos

To corporations, the forest is only business. To communities, the forest is everything: trees, medicine, culture, spirituality. Land-grabbing and the removal of communities from forests and land breaks the community, displaces access to food and water, and uproots the connection to nature and [local] knowledge. If the community structure is broken, if the land – the means of food production – is lost, we lose everything.

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