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Feast and Famine in Africa’s Dubai

Djibouti City – As balmy night settles over Djibouti City, the arc lights come on at its growing network of ports as ships are offloaded 24 hours a day and trucks laden with cargo depart westwards into the Horn of Africa interior. Not that long ago Djibouti was known for little more than French legionnaires, atrocious heat and its old railway line to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

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The unfinished business between Cameroon and France

La Guerre du Cameroun reveals the façade of a sovereign Cameroonian state behind which France negotiated, with the Cameroonian leaders of its choice, its post-independence strategic and economic hold on the Cameroonian government against a backdrop of counterrevolutionary and psychological warfare.

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What’s in an apology?

In a recent interview on a private Algerian TV news station, French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron called France’s colonial history an act of barbarism and a crime against humanity; if elected head of state, he would issue an official apology to all victims of colonialism.

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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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Exploding enclosures in Africa and Europe (on Charlie Hebdo and Boko Haram)

This is the first of two essays on the theme of Islam in Europe and Africa. The second will appear after the Nigerian elections of 14 February and assess their possible impact on the war against Boko Haram.

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Charlie Hebdo. Damien Glez: “Ready to take up our pens and get back to drawing”

The internationally renowned Franco-Burkinabe cartoonist Damien Glez knew the Charlie Hebdo’s colleagues killed two days ago well. “They were key figures in the French press, brilliant cartoonists who would not want to see us cry, but instead fight for freedom.”

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