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The paradoxes of a soft dictatorship

For the second time in seven years, violent unrest has followed the presidential election in the small country of Gabon in West Equatorial Africa. The crisis started on August 28, when the candidate of the united opposition, Jean Ping (age 73), declared himself the winner of the presidential election. In the country’s capital, Libreville, people retreated into an anxious pause.

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Buika is the best

Earlier this week I was at the launch of a friend’s excellent book about music piracy. The book goes into the nitty-gritty of how the MP3 file was first developed, through a painstaking process of figuring out how to compress recorded sound without the smaller file sounding any different. (This, of course, permanently changed the music industry.)

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Africa Cup of Nations 2015: the show must go on

The continent’s showpiece football tournament, which ended with Ivory Coast taking the trophy on Sunday night after a penalty shoot-out win over Ghana, deserves respect and criticism in equal measure.

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Equatorial Guinea: Petition at AU Summit to Do Agric

ONE.org officially launched its “Do Agric, It Pays” campaign on 20 January 2014 along the margins of the 22nd Ordinary Session of the AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in support of the 2014 AU Year of Agriculture. continue reading »

Obiang Who?

Amidst the worst economic and social crisis Spain can remember, there is an iconic institution living its most glorious days. The Spanish national football team, commonly remembered in the past for sour losses and unforgettable mistakes, has taken world football by storm after winning a World Cup and two European Championships in the last five years.

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Africa: At Last, a Pan African University

After initial teething problems, Pan-African University (PAU) Institute on Water and Energy Science and Climate Change is set to open in Algeria after approval from the continents’ most influential decision – making organ.

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