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Archive February 2016

The decline (and occasional revival) of the military coup in Africa

The new millennium African states suffered more than their fair share of military takeovers, the last case in Burkina Faso. No less than one in two of all military coups recorded in the world since 2000 occurred south of the Sahara. So, plus ça change? Is the military coup part of the African political landscape as much as it has always been – and maybe even more? An analysis by the Italian Senior Researcher, Giovanni Carbone.

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After #MuseveniDecides

This past week Edward Ssebuwufu opened his Friday evening radio show his usual music, a Ugandan pop song simply titled “Africa.” The lyrics are a wry commentary on the politics of his native nation—“who can buy our country, we’ve put it up for sale” — and for Ssebuwufu they had once again proven to be prophetic.

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Traders feel the pinch as political crisis in Burundi cripples economy

The crisis that erupted in Burundi in April 2015 following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a controversial third term has claimed more than 400 lives and caused more than 230,000 people to flee the country, according to the United Nations.

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Afronline’s journalist wins Thomson Foundation prize

Brussels – One of Afronline’s correspondent journalists, Salih Amar Hamid, has wonhas won a prestigious media competition held by the Thomson Foundation for his article covering refugees and migration in Sudan.

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Groundwater Crisis Worsens Food Insecurity

BULAWAYO (Zimbabwe) – Sijabuliso Nleya has been kept busy in the past few weeks digging up sand. He is not a sand poacher like scores of people who local district councils across the country say are digging along dry river beds for sand used in the construction of houses. “The situation is terrible,” said Nleya, who owns a plot in Douglasdale, a small farming community on the outskirts of Bulawayo.

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Ethiopia’s Oromo protests: A problem that repression can’t solve

The Ethiopian government likes to be in control – of the economy, of opposition movements, of independent media. Like it or not, the tough approach has worked, at least in terms of the country reaching its development goals. But repression is a blunt instrument and the ongoing Oromo protests should force a rethink. 

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