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Archive December 2011

Malawi: urban poor hit by slew of price increases

BLANTYRE – Devaluation, fuel shortages and economic mismanagement have conspired to push staple food prices to “alarming levels” in urban areas of Malawi, where even catching a bus to work has become an unaffordable luxury for many, according to residents and analysts.

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How to write about elections in Africa

With a few elections coming up next year (Egypt, Madagascar, Senegal, Angola, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and Algeria among the hotest African countries), journalist Jina Moore already has the template down for covering them.

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Swaziland: bleak outlook for food security

MBABANE – Archaic agriculture practices and erratic rainfall in the recent planting period is expected to lead to an increase in food insecurity for most of Swaziland’s 1.1 million people in 2012, says a government agriculture official.

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10 photographers to watch in 2012

As part of a series of year-end posts–we’re taking a break from Friday, December 23, till January 5, 2012–we’re planning to post at least 10 “Lists of 10″ this week. (We’re trying to be cool by calling it “10×10″). So two lists per day. Orlando Reade, who blogs for us from London, starts us of with his list of 10 photographers to watch in 2012. He’s picked five African artists and five Europeans who have been working in Africa.

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Big rush to cash in on Somalia, protect Uganda, save Sudan

World and regional powers are now in a big rush to simultaneously tackle three big and intractable East African problems — the Somalia war, the crisis in eastern DR Congo, and the risk of South Sudan imploding.

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South Sudan: General George Athor dead

The life of the renegade general George Athor came to an abrupt end on Monday following clashes with Sudan people Liberation Army (SPLA) units at Morobo County in Central Equatoria state. The incident comes only a month after Athor vowed to continue his battle against the Juba government.

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