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Archive September 2013

Weakening Al-Shabaab Finds New Aggression

Addis Ababa – Strong action now expected against the al-Shabaab group may well end up strengthening the group rather than weakening it, local people fear. The extremist group is suspected of involvement in the attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi.

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Roland Barthes, his Grandfather and Côte d’Ivoire

“He had nothing to say.” That’s how French philosopher Roland Barthes described his grandfather Louis-Gustave Binger, the archetypal French colonialist: “Il ne tenait aucun discours”.

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Kenya: the #Westgate emergency, fundraising and twitter

Sep30

“HEAVY Gunfire reported at @WestgateMallKe in Weslands #RedCross Ambulance @EMS_Kenya at scene ^PO“.  This was the first tweet written by Kenya’s Red Cross a few minutes after the first explosions at the Westgate Mall on September 21st.  These have been days in which Kenya is dealing with an emergency even on the social media level.

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Two Years On for Sata: the Success Story and Its Dark Side

Economic development or autocratic regression? After two years in government, Zambia’s Patriotic Front (PF) has inspired a double narrative. One side of the story features uncapped leadership ambitionsviolent street politicsbroken promises and a repressed opposition.

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The Maputo Protocol: Its potential for a revolution in women’s rights

“The speed with which the Protocol came into force on 25 November 2005 sets a new record for the ratification of pan African rights standards for the continent.

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Mapping the impact of science journalism

This report combines qualitative and statistical data from three research projects.

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