A simple way to prevent African water wars

By Nader Noureddine Ethiopia should lower the height of its Renaissance saddle dam to defuse the water crisis, says Nader Noureddine. The first stage of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance dam project is fast approaching its end. At 70 metres high, the dam is just 25 metres shy of the target for this stage of the project. …

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Obama’s visit to Kenya: why Africa matters to America

Scott Firsing, Monash University Preparations are underway for US President Barack Obama to once again visit Africa. In July, he will become the first American president to visit Kenya. Ahead of Obama’s visit, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the local chapter of a global initiative to promote entrepreneurship. The pair will be co-hosting the sixth …

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Why Africa’s sports industry needs to step up to the plate

Simon Chadwick, Coventry University The Egyptian government recently took steps that have lead to football fans being labelled as terrorists. The arrest and detention of alleged members of the Ultras White Knights (UWK), a highly politicised supporters group associated with Cairo club Al Zamalek SC, has marked renewed attempts by the government to curb the …

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Pockets of progress in Africa’s election landscape

Kealeboga J Maphunye, University of South Africa If democracy is understood as a broad concept that includes regular free and fair elections, a system of government that ensures greater public participation, freedom of expression and the right to protest and challenge governments, then Africa is still lagging far behind democracies in Asia, South and North …

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Africa News Headlines for 25 April 2015

Sex, Drugs, and Dead Soldiers: What U.S. Africa Command Doesn’t Want You To Know Source: MintPress News UN’s Kutesa holds talks with Uganda, Egypt and Somalia Source: New Vision Eritrea: Escape from modern-day Sparta Source: The Telegraph U.S. Embassy issues security alert for Gabon Source: Sub-Saharan Monitor Burundi president nominated for third term Source: KTVL/AP …

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