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2 December 2015 06:52 (South Africa)

Africa for optimists: 2012 in review

  • Simon Allison
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Photo: Cattle are seen at a farm outside Utrecht, in the northwest of KwaZulu-Natal, November 8, 2015. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Analysis: Unstable climate make for unstable politics

By Simon Allison

Photo: South African children from the Zip Zap circus school perform during the World Aids Day concert in Khayelitsha township, Cape Town, South Africa, 01 December 2014. South Africa has the world's highest HIV/Aids infection rate with more than six million currently infected. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

World Aids Day: How did teenagers slip through the cracks of the global response?

By Simon Allison

Photo: Pope Francis (R) touches a man's head during a visit to a refugee camp in Bangui, Central African Republic, 29 November 2015. Pope Francis is on the last leg of a six days visit that took him to Kenya, Uganda and the Repulic of Central Africa from 25 to 30 November.  EPA/DANIEL DAL ZENNARO

Pope Francis in Africa: 'A pilgrim of peace'

By Russell Pollitt

Photo of William Tubman by JFK Library.

Africa’s First President for Life Turns 120: The bequests of Liberia’s William Tubman

By Brooks Marmon

Photo by Unicef.

Africa’s child marriage crisis: The view from Mozambique

By Simon Allison

Photo: Pope Francis (C) smiles as he walks with Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta (L) and Deputy president William Ruto (2-L) after landing at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, 25 November 2015.  EPA/DAI KUROKAWA.

Francis in Africa: Kenya welcomes 'Pope of Hope'

By Russell Pollitt

Photo: Al-Fatah Council of Elders Chairman Muhamud Hassan “Dukow” addressing members at a forum in November 2015. (Photo by RASHID ABDI)

ICG: A Dying Breed of Peacemakers in Kenya’s North East

By International Crisis Group

Photo: Burundian protesters react as they face with police officers firing shots toward them 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

Op-Ed: Dealing with increasing insecurity in Burundi

By Patrick Hajayandi

Photo: A Burundian boy looks on as he holds a stick in front of a burning barricade during an anti-government demonstration against President Pierre Nkurunziza in Cibitoke neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, 29 May 2015. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA.

ICG: Africa must act now on Burundi

By International Crisis Group

Photo: Newly appointed ministers attend their swearing in ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria November 11, 2015. Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari swore 36 ministers into his cabinet on Wednesday, five months after his inauguration. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Analysis: Nigeria finally gets its new government

By Simon Allison


Bye Bye Ebola! The feel-good video of the year

By Simon Allison


Africa Uprising: The rise of popular protest continent-wide

By Rebecca Davis

Photo: A Burundian protester runs through smoke raising from a burning barricade during an anti-government demonstration in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, 22 May 2015.  EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Burundi: A call for action before another 'Never Again'

By Frank Charnas

A photograph made available on 04 March 2014 South Sudanese internally displaced persons (IDP) from Dinka ethnic group cross the Nile river by boat from Bor to Minkamman, South Sudan, 02 March 2014. A power struggle between South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and his former vice-president Riek Machar turned violent in mid-December, when clashes erupted between their ethnic groups, the Dinka and the Nuer.  EPA/JM LOPEZ

AU report exposes South Sudan atrocities

By Joy Mutoka

Photo: French President Francois Hollande (L) welcomes Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita as he arrives for a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, 21 October 2015. EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON.

France’s changing relationship with Africa: Backyard, backstop or backdoor?

By Greg Mills

Photo: A man walks in front of an advertisement billboard of MTN phone company in Abuja, Nigeria May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde.

MTN’s record fine: What it means for doing business in Nigeria

By Simon Allison

Photo: A Sierra Leone Red Cross burial team at Jobo Farm in Waterloo outside Freetown disinfects after recovering the bodies of an 80 year old grandmother and her the year old granddaughter believed to have died of Ebola and abandoned for four days in Sierra Leone, 20 October 2014. EPA/STR

ICG: The politics behind the Ebola crisis

By International Crisis Group

Photo: A resident sits with his foot chained in the courtyard of the Raywan private center in the Somaliland capital Hargeisa, on July 29, 2015. (© 2015 Zoe Flood for Human Rights Watch)

Analysis: Somaliland’s mental health crisis

By Simon Allison

Photo: A photograph made available on 04 December 2014 and dated 21 January 2013 shows a general view of a field near Mopti, Mali. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: As dynamics change, Mali’s smuggling business thrives

By Olga Bogorad

Photo: A photo provided by the South African Government Infomation 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

ICC plays hardball with South Africa on Al-Bashir

By Ranjeni Munusamy

Photo: Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara addresses the media at Abidjan International airport, Ivory Coast 02 March 2014.  EPA/LEGNAN KOULA

Côte d’Ivoire: The Illusion of Stability

By International Crisis Group

Photo: A soldier from the Seleka rebel alliance stands guard as the then Central African Republic's new President Michel Djotodia (not pictured) attends Friday prayers at the central mosque in Bangui March 29 2013. REUTERS/Alain Amontchi

ICG: Avoiding an electoral flare-up in the Central African Republic

By International Crisis Group

Photo: Founder and Chief Executive of the Dangote Group Aliko Dangote speaks at a Thomson Reuters newsmaker conference in London November 23, 2010. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Can Africa’s richest man save Zimbabwe’s economy?

By Simon Allison


ICG: Burundi's army is divided and losing its way

By International Crisis Group

Photo: Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, attends the SADC (Southern Africa Development Community) extraordinary summit held at Maputo, Mozambique, 08 February 2013. EPA/ANTONIO SILVA

DRC: Economic expansion and the delay of democracy in Kinshasa

By Frank Charnas

Photo: Algerian Mozabite holding the Algerian flag take part in a demonstration against the rising violence in recent days in Ghardaia, Algiers, Algeria, 08 July 2015. According to reports at least 18 people have been killed and a further 30 wounded in clashes between ethnic Berbers and Arabs in the region of Ghardaia, 600 km south of Algiers. EPA/STR

ICG: Algeria and its neighbours

By International Crisis Group

Photo: A beaming Omar al-Bashir (C), President of Sudan, surrounded by security greets cheering supporters as he returns from South Africa to Khartoum, Sudan, 15 June 2015. EPA/MARWAN ALI.

Lowering the flag: The ANC and the ICC

By Saul Musker

Photo: The new President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi (C), stands between his new Prime Minister, Carlos Agostinho do Rosário (L), and Minister of Economy, Adriano Maleiane (R), during the swearing in ceremony of the new Mozambican Government, Maputo, Mozambique, 19 January 2015.  EPA/ANTÓNIO SILVA

Op-ed: Is Mozambique drifting into new conflict?

By Ian Schechtman

Foreign nationals and members of various South African civil society groups take part in an anti-xenophobia march through Cape Town, South Africa, 22 April 2015.  EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: Labour migration – South Africa must make more progress

By Zaheera Jinnah