Western leaders take their eyes off Africa at wrong moment

Stephen Chan, SOAS, University of London Almost none of the Western world’s leaders have paid much attention to Africa in recent months. One exception was France’s newly-elected president, Emmanuel Macron, who visited Mali shortly after his inauguration. His trip was partly a show of solidarity with his country’s military effort there, and partly a gesture …

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Why Africa Should Worry Less About Income Inequality

by Stacy Ndlovu Early this week, the South Africa Daily Maverick published an op-ed titled, “It’s not Zuma that we need protection from, it’s the market.” While the author rightly calls out the role of cronyism in destroying ordinary South Africans’ economic mobility, she doesn’t seem to make a distinction between economic freedom and crony …

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The South African economy will be bolstered if Zuma falls

Jannie Rossouw, University of the Witwatersrand South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma narrowly escaped a call from some senior members of the governing party’s national executive committee for him to step down. The first stern action from inside the African National Congress’ (ANC) leadership against Zuma, while quelled by his supporters, is reverberating far and wide. …

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Donald Trump & Africa News Headlines – 17 November 2016

A compilation of news headlines about the election of Donald Trump and Africa that have been published within the past 24 hours. Trevor Noah Compares Donald Trump To South Africa President Jacob Zuma Source: Deadline Hollywood Trump will stop Buhari’s Islamic agenda – Fani-Kayode Source: Punch Trump Triumphs: Good or bad riddance for Ghana? Source: …

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Exiting the ICC: South Africa betrays world, its own history

Henning Melber, University of Pretoria Once upon a time there was a country the majority of whose people were oppressed and systematically discriminated against by a minority regime. The violation of human rights was a structural feature of its system, euphemistically called “separate development”. The execution of power claimed to be based on the rule …

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