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Trump’s isolationism: Threats and opportunities for Africa

Donald Trump’s ascension to the US Presidency has stunned many across the globe due to his strange views and prejudices. The Conversation Africa business and economy editor Sibonelo Radebe asked Professor Patrick Bond to unpack implications for Africa.

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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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Why is the US defending the honor of the International Criminal Court?

Two weeks ago, Uganda’s President Museveni inaugurated his fourth decade in power.

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US sanctions four Burundians blamed for crisis

President Barack Obama on Monday issued an executive order imposing sanctions on four prominent figures in Burundi whom the United States says are contributing to the country’s insecurity. The freeze on assets and restrictions on visas to enter the US targets the Minister for Public Security Alain Guillaume Bunyoni, Godefroid Bizimana, the deputy director-general of the national police, Maj Gen Godefroid Niyombare, former chief of Burundi’s intelligence service and Cyrille Ndayirukiye, former minister for defence.

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How I could have brought Ebola to Washington

New York — In September, I spent time with an American woman who had recently been in Lofa County, Liberia, an Ebola hot spot bordering the village in Guinea where the first case was identified. We were nowhere near west Africa; we were both attending an international conference with participants from around the world.

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Why I am afraid of the African disease of Ebola

Wherever I turn, there is Ebola. In the newspapers and magazines, on television and radio, and across the ubiquitous social media. Ebola. I sweat, shake, and cringe in mortal fear. Such an ugly word, fearsome in its primal sound, so African, so dark, so black. Since Africa is one country, beware of going to Africa, the media screams.

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