Chadian dictator’s tactics mimic script of former rulers facing criminal charges

Gerhard Anders, University of Edinburgh There is more to former Chadian President Hissène Habré’s disruption of the opening of his trial in Dakar than meets the eye. He faces various charges including the politically motivated murders of at least 40,000 people. His behaviour amounts to more than the ravings of a deluded former dictator. In …

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Trial in Senegal of former Chadian president is a victory for civil society

Marie Gibert, Birkbeck, University of London Hopes have been raised that the victims of atrocities perpetrated more than 25 years ago by the regime of Hissène Habré, Chad’s former president, may at last find justice. The former dictator is on trial before Senegal’s Extraordinary African Chambers for crimes including the politically motivated murders of at …

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Species without boundaries: a new way to map our origins

Francis Thackeray, University of the Witwatersrand More than 145 years ago, Charles Darwin argued that Africa was the continent from which humans evolved in prehistory. We now know he was right. We have the evidence to prove from prehistoric remains that our distant human relatives go back at least seven million years. Certainly, the fossil …

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The African Union lacks a coherent plan to fight terrorism

Hennie Strydom, University of Johannesburg Terrorism is on the increase in Africa. Between 1995 and 2001, the continent was the fifth most-targeted region after Latin America, Western Europe, Asia and the Middle East for acts of terrorism. Since then things have taken a sharp turn for the worse. In West Africa, terrorist activities have intensified …

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Africa News Headlines for 20 April 2015

Guinea’s president bears the weight of what Ebola has done to his country Source: The Washington Post A Language of Their Own: Swahili and Its Influences Source: Harvard Political Review Use of Kiswahili in public schools hurting students’ performance – don Source: IPP Media Why francophone Africa lags in start-ups Source: Tech Central Internet Solutions …

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