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The Pan-African Parliament finally elects a president

1st July 2022 It took a stern intervention from African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat. But eventually the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) in... 

Can Africa stay on target to silence the guns by 2030?

28th June 2022 The African Union (AU) seems to be in the habit of assigning deadlines for overly ambitious goals and then struggling to meet them. This has been... 

The rise of xenophobia: the road to ruin

27th June 2022 A week after members of Operation Dudula allegedly threatened to burn it down, the iconic Yeoville market in Johannesburg was set on fire in the... 

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Maternal mortality in Mali: a forgotten tragedy

24th June 2022 In Mali, the hashtag #lavieestsacrée (life is sacred) has become the symbol of a revolt against the country’s endemic maternal mortality rates. It... 

Tshisekedi opens a Pandora’s Box in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

24th June 2022 Tensions are spiking once again in the chronically turbulent eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The M23 rebel movement – widely... 

Economics likely to trump ethnicity in Kenya’s August poll

23rd June 2022 Kenyans go to the polls on 9 August, and for the first time, the contest is dominated by class rather than ethnicity. Kenya has a painful history... 

Prosecuting crimes against humanity in Ethiopia: where is the law?

21st June 2022 In June 2018, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali told Parliament that the post-1991 government used torture and killing to terrorise its... 

Nigeria’s petrol subsidy is a climate issue

20th June 2022 Nigeria’s government has said it will re-evaluate its position on petrol subsidies this month. Global economic developments and domestic challenges... 

Organised crime pours cold water on Ethiopia’s coffee exports

17th June 2022 Ethiopian law prohibits the sale of export-quality coffee locally. Despite this, the country – regarded as the birthplace of coffee according to... 

WiseYouth: do Africa and its youth need another AU project?

15th June 2022 The African Union (AU) has started another youth initiative to advance peace. WiseYouth was endorsed in February by state leaders and will create a... 

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