Exclusive: Interview with Committee to Protect Journalists’ Sue Valentine

In a news release dated January 6, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) judged 2015 to be the “fourth most deadly year on record for journalists.” It said that 71 journalists were killed in the line of duty, with 42 percent of them (30 individuals) murdered by the so-called Islamic State. According to the news …

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What lies behind the rise of jihadist movements in Africa

Charles Villa-Vicencio, University of Cape Town Africa arguably faces the biggest threat to political stability since the collapse of colonialism in the mid-20th century. The threat comes in the main from the proliferation of militant Islamic groups in parts of the continent. These groups, which strike at the heart of African cohesion and nation-building, include: …

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Africa News Headlines for 5 June 2015

New Look At Pot-Smoking Pygmies Suggests Marijuana Helps Deter Parasites Source: Huffington Post Mobile Catching Up To Desktop For Porn Consumption In South Africa Source: AFK Insider Kabila’s Plan B for the Congo Source: Atlantic Council East Africa’s Light Bulb Moment Source: Forbes Facebook takes Internet.org to Senegal Source: IT News Africa Lunch with 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 1 June 2015

Sex workers in Zimbabwe: what drove us to accept mobile payments Source: The Guardian I was blocked from making govt reforms – Mbabazi Source: New Vision Thousands flee violent upsurge in northern Mali Source: IRIN Sepp Blatter good for Africa Source: New Vision The Beginning of Boko Haram’s End Source U.S. News & World Report …

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