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26 August 2016 19:22 (South Africa)
Africa

Analysis: Uganda holds Somalia hostage in high-stakes diplomacy

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    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.

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Photo: Spanish policemen guard the surroundings of the residence of a man who was arrested as part of an operation against jihadist terrorism in Ceuta, Spanish enclave in northern Africa, 07 February 2016. EPA/REDUAN

Analysis: Violence is only the tip of the Islamic State iceberg

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Photo: Supporters of Edgar Lungu, leader of the Patriotic Front party (PF), celebrate after Lungu narrowly won re-election on Monday, in a vote his main rival Hakainde Hichilema rejected on claims of alleged rigging by the electoral commission, in the capital, Lusaka, Zambia, August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jean Serge Mandela

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Photo: The King of Kingdom of Swaziland, Mswati III arrives at the fourth EU-Africa Summit of Heads of States at the European council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 02 April 2014. EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

Op-Ed: Swaziland hosts a lavish party while people starve

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Morocco’s urban transformation: When Hurry met Salé

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Photo: A file picture dated 30 January 2013 shows Joyce Banda, President of Malawi, speaking during the press conference of the Global Development Summit in the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN

amaBhungane: Joyce Banda allegedly implicated in mystery payment related to oil, gas concessions

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Photo: South Sudan President Salva Kiir (R) and former rebel leader and First Vice-President Riek Machar (L) attend a ceremony after a new unity government was sworn-in, Juba, South Sudan, 29 April 2016. EPA/PHILLIP DHIL

Letter to the Editor: New ideas for South Sudan

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Photo: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (C) flanked by his wife Grace (R) attends the 'One Million Men March', as thousands supporters of Zimbabwe Zanu PF party gather at an open space to show their support, in Harare, Zimbabwe, 25 May 2016. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

GroundUp: Zimbabwe is desperate – an eyewitness account

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Photo: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta delivers a speech after setting ablaze a pile of elephant tusks during an ivory burning event at the Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, 30 April 2016. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Kenya: President Kenyatta consolidates his political base

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Photo: South Sudan President Salva Kiir (C) holds hands with former rebel leader and First Vice-President Riek Machar (L) and Second Vice-President James Wani Igga (R) after a new unity government was sworn-in, Juba, South Sudan, 29 April 2016. EPA/PHILLIP DHIL

ICG: South Sudan’s Risky Political Impasse

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Photo: A photograph made available on 29 July 2016 shows Zimbabwe Pastor Evan Mawarire from the #ThisFlag social movement in Harare, Zimbabwe, 25 June 2016. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

Zimbabwe: Can #ThisFlag survive without Pastor Evan?

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Photo: The UN soldiers in Juba, South Sudan. (UN photo)

ISS Today: The UN’s disturbing failure in Juba will affect aid workers everywhere

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Photo: President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, addresses Parliament in Khartoum, Sudan, 19 October 2015. EPA/MORWAN ALI

Explainer: The collapsed Sudan peace talks

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Photo: Boarding a bus in Luanda (S Martin via Flickr)

Angola to silence social media with new regulatory body

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Photo: Swatziland’s King Mswati III seeks investment from Taiwan as he meets with Taiwan business leaders at a forum in Taipei, Taiwan, 21 May 2015. EPA/DAVID CHANG

Op-Ed: Absolute monarchy assumes chairmanship of SADC

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Photo: Zambian president elect, Edgar C Lungu, at his presidential inauguration in the capital Lusaka, Zambia, 25 January 2015. EPA/NOEL MACKSON

Free, but not fair: Zambia’s flawed elections

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Photo: South Sudan President Salva Kiir (R) and former rebel leader and First Vice-President Riek Machar (L) attend a ceremony after a new unity government was sworn-in, Juba, South Sudan, 29 April 2016. EPA/PHILLIP DHIL

Op-Ed: South Sudan needs new ideas and can learn from South Africa

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Photo: Former South African President and head of African Union High-Level Implementation Panel Thabo Mbeki (C) speaks at a press conference following his meeting with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (not pictured), Khartoum, Sudan, September 10, 2014. EPA/STR

Sudan needs a hero – but is Thabo Mbeki really it?

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Photo: The Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopa, Hailemariam Desalegn arrives at the fourth EU-Africa Summit of Heads of States at the European council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 02 April 2014.  EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

Analysis: The Ethiopian model is breaking, but it’s not too late to fix it

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Main photo: Rabat Technopolis (Wikimedia Commons)

Countries as Companies: Morocco’s use of technology for development

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Photo: African Union Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma speaks to the media during a joint news conference with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (unseen) following their talks at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 22 April 2015. EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ.

Nominations to replace Dlamini-Zuma at AU open again

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Photo: A child from Zanzibar (Andrea Moroni via Flickr)

Tongue-tied: How English-medium education hobbles Tanzania’s children

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Zambia at a Crossroads: A Break from the Politics of Identity?

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Photo: Zambia’s president Edgar C Lungu walks through the guard of honour at his presidential inauguration in the capital Lusaka, Zambia, 25 January 2015.  EPA/NOEL MACKSON

Meanwhile in Zambia, an election not many are excited about

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Photo: A file photograph dated 21 February 2016 shows Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye speaking during a news conference held at his home in Kasangati, where he was under house arrest, on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

ICG: Museveni’s post-election politics – keeping a lid on Uganda’s opposition

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Photo: Nigerian firefighters at the scene of a bomb blast at the premises of Adamawa Police Command's anti-bomb squad and motor traffic department, in Jemita, Yola, North east Nigeria, 25 February 2016. EPA/STR

ICG: North-eastern Nigeria and Conflict’s Humanitarian Fallout?

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Photo: A file photo dated 25 April 2016 showing a group of the 195 opposition soldiers arriving with General Simon Gatwech Dual, the chief of staff of the South Sudan rebel troops, in Juba, South Sudan. EPA/PHILLIP DHIL

ISS Today: South Sudan needs new ideas, not a UN-imposed government

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Photo of Kenyan school by Maria Salamanca via Flickr.

Fahrenheit 451: Kenya’s bizarre school fires epidemic

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Image of Polihali Dam, by Sunday Express, Lesotho.

amaBhungane: Nomvula Mokonyane’s alleged interference in Lesotho water project cited as causing delays

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Photo: Thousands of Zimbabwe Zanu PF party supporters gathered at an open space to show their support for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, in Harare, Zimbabwe, 25 May 2016. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

ICG: Zimbabwe’s threadbare theatre of reform

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