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All aboard! Is South Africa’s proposed high-speed railway a shady deal or a positive development?

By: In On Africa IOA     20th April 2011 It seems the idea of a South African high-speed railway is not likely to disappear soon.(2) Initially, the brainchild of former Minister of... 

Will the revolution be tweeted? The potential for democratisation through social media

By: In On Africa IOA     15th April 2011 The Arab world is ablaze, people’s power is at its height and the firm grips of dictators and authoritarian regimes in the region have been... 

Guns for hire: Examining the use of mercenaries in Libya

By: In On Africa IOA     14th April 2011 On 15 February 2011, protests began in Libya. The Libyan uprising mirrored similar popular movements in Egypt and Tunisia where anger and... 

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Articles of Faith: Assessing Zimababwe's 'GAP' as a Mechanism for Change - A Legal Perspective 

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      13th April 2011 Zimbabwe's current Inclusive Government, more commonly referred to as a Government of National Unity (GNU), was established pursuant to an... 

The ‘new’ PEPFAR: From emergency fund to a health systems approach

By: In On Africa IOA     13th April 2011 The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), set up by the Bush administration in 2003, has been touted as the most ambitious public... 

Post-Election Reflection: Benin’s 2011 Presidential Election

By: In On Africa IOA     12th April 2011 On 13 March 2011, the Beninese citizens took to the polls to elect a President. The incumbent President, Yayi Boni, was re-elected to serve a... 

Conflict and drought – A bad marriage in Somalia

By: In On Africa IOA     11th April 2011 Over the past few months, Africa has appeared in news headlines across the world. Political fighting and unrest has led to massive humanitarian... 

Home Affairs and its backlogs – More of the Emperors' clothes?

By: Chris Watters     11th April 2011 George Eliot is accredited with posing the question: ‘What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other.’ It appears that... 

Eritrea: From pariah to participant?

By: In On Africa IOA     8th April 2011 In December 2009, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) passed resolution 1907 (2009), imposing an arms embargo and targeted sanctions on... 

A case of electoral fraud: The 2011 Uganda elections

By: In On Africa IOA     7th April 2011 The February 2011 Ugandan Presidential elections can be characterised as nothing more than an attempt to satisfy the international community who... 

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