You've been Rick Astleyed!
28 October 2016 02:26 (South Africa)

One year later, the Sudans are still reeling from their messy divorce

  • Simon Allison
    Simon Allison

    Simon Allison covers Africa for the Daily Maverick, having cut his teeth reporting from Palestine, Somalia and revolutionary Egypt. He loves news and politics, the more convoluted the better. Despite his natural cynicism and occasionally despairing tone, he is an Afro-optimist, and can’t wait to witness and chronicle the continent’s swift development over the next few decades.

C:\fakepath\simon sudan
Photo: A photograph made available on 09 March 2014 shows a South Sudanese woman milking a cow in an isolated makeshift IDP camp for Dinka ethnic group placed in an island between Bor and Minkamman, South Sudan, 05 March 2014. EPA/JM LOPEZ

Following the Herd: How cows fuelled the war in South Sudan, and how they can consolidate the peace

By Simon Allison
Photo of the pageant by Samaa TV.

Kenya hosts the world’s first albino beauty pageant

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: President Zuma is welcomed by Minister of International Relations and Cooperations Maite Nkoana Mashabane on arrival at N'djiili International Airport in Kinshasa, 29-30/10/2013. Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

Op-Ed: By withdrawing from the ICC South Africa loses much more than just the argument

By Nicole Fritz
Photo: Sudanese President Omar Bashir looks on during the meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (Not Pictured), in Cairo, Egypt, 05 Otober 2016. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

Op-Ed: Sudan – Real and Imagined

By John Hursh
Photo: Gambian President Yahya Jammeh sits in his office during a news conference in Banjul, after election results announced him the winner of presidential polls, September 23, 2006. REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly (GAMBIA)

Gambia, the ICC and the African domino effect

By Simon Allison
Photo: Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta salutes after joint military exercises dubbed Swift Eagle conducted by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and the Royal Jordanian Armed Forces at the Embakasi Garrison Humanitarian Peace Support School in Embakasi in the outskirts of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, September 26, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

#Tribeless and Young: Stop playing the tribal card, say Kenyan youth

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: A photo provided by the South African Government Information Service shows South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (L) speaking to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (R) attending a session of the 24th African Union Summit of the NEPAD Heads of State/Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) at the African Union Headquaters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 29 January 2011.  EPA/Ntswe Mokoena.

Justice minister confirms ICC exit, defends the indefensible

By Simon Allison
Photo: Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (L) welcomes South Africa's President Jacob Zuma in Khartoum July 8, 2011. Zuma will be attending South Sudan's independence day celebrations on Saturday. REUTERS/Stringer

South Africa begins process to exit International Criminal Court

By Simon Allison
Photo: Former South African president Thabo Mbeki talks to the media during a visit to the European Parliament in Brussels March 23, 2010.  REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Open Letter to Thabo Mbeki: The DRC needs your help – now more than ever

By Tshene Wedi
Photo: Nouakchott. (Greg Mills)

Reform in the Sahel: Mars, Mauritius or Mauritania?

By Greg Mills
Photo: This photo of Rwandan President Paul Kagame launching a drone on October 14, 2016 in Muhanga District was taken by Cedric Kagimbanyi (@kagcedRW) and shared on Twitter.

In Rwanda, drones come to cure, not kill

By Simon Allison
Photo: A young Burundian boy tries to cover himself as police officers beat him after dispersing protesters by firing shots during an anti-government demonstration against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, 26 May 2015. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

ICG: The AU tried and failed on Burundi  – now it’s time to try again

By International Crisis Group
Photo: A photograph dated 19 January 2015 shows people walking near a burning tire set alight by protesters on the street in the capital Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo. EPA/STR

ICG: Boulevard of broken dreams — The ‘street’ and politics in DRC

By International Crisis Group
Photo: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) speaks at the Federation of German Industry's (BDI) Day of German Industry 2016 in Berlin, Germany, 06 October 2016. EPA/BERND VON JUTRCZENKA

Open Letter to Angela Merkel: Thanks – and more please

By Babatunde Fagbayibo
Photo: Tanzania’s then President-elect John Pombe Magufuli addresses members of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi Party (CCM) at the party’s sub-head office on Lumumba road in Dar es Salaam, October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Sadi Said.

Op-Ed: Tanzania’s Magufuli – timely reformist or just another despot?

By Lyal White & Adrian Kitimbo
Photo: A handout photograph provided by the South African Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) on 11 October 2016 shows South African President Jacob Zuma (L) shaking hands with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta (R) during their bilateral meeting at the State House in Nairobi, Kenya, 11 October 2016. Zuma is in Kenya for a three-day state visit to deepen economic social relations with Kenya, the leading economy in the East African region. EPA/KOPANO TLAPE/GCIS

ISS Today: Zuma awakens a dormant relationship with Kenya

Photo: Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, delivers his address during the 70th session General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 29 September 2015. EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT

amaBhungane: Indian investor claims Malawian state abuse, torture in custody

Main photo: Regional Consultation on Drug Policy Reform in West Africa 19 – 20 January, 2016 in Accra, Ghana ahead of the UNGASS 2016.

Op-Ed: Drug Policy Reform gets a Foothold in West Africa

By Leandre Banon
Photo: President of Zimbawe Robert Mugabe (C) addresses thousands of Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) supporters while his wife Grace Mugabe (R) watches on at Harare International airport, Harare, Zimbabwe, 24 September 2016. Mugabe was returning from the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

ICG: Confrontation in Zimbabwe turns increasingly violent

By International Crisis Group
Photo: Maseru from Parliament Hill, by OER Africa via Flickr.

amaBhungane: Lesotho’s litany of unsolved political murders

Main photo: Dag Hammarskjöld (Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation)

ISS: Dag Hammarskjöld’s legacy – what does it mean for Africa?

Photo: Demonstrators chant slogans while flashing the Oromo protest gesture during Irreecha, the thanksgiving festival of the Oromo people, in Bishoftu town, Oromia region, Ethiopia, October 2, 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopia mourns – but mourns what, exactly?

By Simon Allison
Photo of a Lesotho man by Michael Williams via Flickr.

Lesotho at 50: The Politics of Dysfunction or the Dysfunction of Politics?

By John Aerni-Flessner
Photo: Namibian elephants (Eric Bauer via Flickr)

Op-Ed: Namibia ducks elephant census

Photo: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairwoman of the African Union (AU), waits for questions from journalists, during a joint press conference with German chancellor Merkel (not pictured), at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, 11 July 2013. EPA/SOEREN STACHE

Open Letter to Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma: Appeal for urgent action to stop violence in DRC

By Daily Maverick
Photo: The National Police Rwanda presenting Genocide suspect Dr Leopold Munyakazi to the media before he was taken for an interrogation at the airport. (Photo: Faustin Niyigena, New Times Rwanda)

Rwanda: History on trial as alleged genocidaire returns home

By Simon Allison
Photo: Woman Shelling maize in Chipata, Zambia. Swathi Sridharan (ICRISAT) via Flickr

Op-Ed: Zambia must protect women’s right to make free sexual and reproductive choices

By Louise Carmody & Bob Mwiinga Munyati
Photo: A billboard advertising MTN is seen along a road in Lagos November 16, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye/File Photo

Y’ello, goodbye? MTN’s Nigerian nightmare

By Simon Allison
Photo: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (R) addresses a youth meeting of the Zanu-PF party in Harare, Zimbabwe 03 September 2016. Mugabe appeared in public for the first time since rumours of his death had been circulating on social media. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

An Open Letter to President Robert Mugabe