The African Union should revisit its admission criteria

Babatunde Fagbayibo, University of South Africa Morocco’s admission to the African Union (AU) was a mistake. In one move, the AU squandered a chance to discourage the north African state’s aggression against Western Sahara. It also showed how the body struggles to enforce the implementation of its own standards and directives. Morocco easily met the …

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Moroccan crater reveals a rare double whammy from the skies

David Baratoux, Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) and Hasnaa Chennaoui Aoudjehane, University Hassan II Casablanca Morocco, and particularly its southern desert, is scattered with treasure that came from the skies: meteorites. These extraterrestrial rocks are up to 4.5 billion years old, approximately the age of our solar system, and offer vital clues about …

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Africa News Headlines for 28 January 2016

A selection of headlines about Africa gathered from around the globe over the past 24 hours. Pride & Prejudice: How African LGBT Activists are Risking Their Lives to Bring Tolerance to Their Homes Source: Essence Unspoiled beaches, mangrove swamps and fields of ganja: A walk on the wild side Source: Daily Maverick Exposed! The world …

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Morocco’s war on free speech is costing its universities dearly

Shana Cohen, University of Cambridge Morocco frequently turns to the courts when it doesn’t like what its critics have to say. The charges levelled against journalist and historian Professor Maati Monjib reinforce just how common this tendency, which emerged during the 1970s, is in Morocco. The State tries to quash critique among journalists and other …

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Africa’s border disputes are set to rise – but there are ways to stop them

Gbenga Oduntan, University of Kent Foundation essay: This article is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in Africa. Our foundation essays are longer than our usual comment and analysis articles and take a wider look at key issues affecting society. African national borders are afflicted by a multitude of troubles that …

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