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3 May 2016 19:57 (South Africa)

Egypt: The messy, downward spiral of heavy-handed police and a beleaguered state

  • Khadija Patel
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    Khadija Patel

    Khadija peddles words on street corners, in polite company she's known as a journalist. Words are her only defence against impending doom, old age and iniquity - spurring her interest in what language tells us about where we are from, what we are doing and where we are headed. Don't mind the headscarf, she don't need no liberation. 

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Main photo: A military truck is stationed at the 'Grand Place' in front of the City Hall in Brussels, Belgium, 21 November 2015. Last night Belgium raised the alert status at Level 4/4 as 'serious and imminent' threat of an attack, the main effect are closing of all Metro Line in Brussels, all soccer match of league one and two cancelled countrywide. Belgium government said 'the advice for the population is to avoid places where a lot of people come together like shopping centres, concerts, events or public transport stations wherever possible. EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

Analysis: The Islamic State may be losing ground, but not influence

Photo: Somali police officers inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, 11 April 2016. A suicide bomber exploded a car bomb outside a restaurant in the capital on 11 April, killing at least five and wounding several others, according to media reports. Somalia's Islamist militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack. The latest attack comes just two days after another car bomb explosion killed at least three in Mogadishu. EPA/SAID YUSUF WARSAME

World Press Freedom Day: How reporters risk death in Somalia

By Simon Allison
Photo: The President of Gambia Yahya Jammeh (R) chats with a colleague as he takes a seat at the 26th African Union Summit at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 30 January 2016. EPA/SOLAN KOLLI

Can a Gambian Spring survive Jammeh’s infamous wrath?

By Simon Allison
Photo: Lillian King at a primary school in Nakuru (Credit: Njeri Kimani)

One woman’s crusade to end cholera in Kenya

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: South African President, Jacob Zuma (L), walks with his Mozambique counterpart, Filipe Nyusi (R), during the inauguration of a monument to ANC members, in Maputo, Mozambique, 11 September 2015. EPA/ANTONIO SILVA

Analysis: Has Mozambique already squandered its natural gas bonanza?

By Simon Allison
Photo: Carlos Lopes, Undersecretary-General and Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), speaks during a plenary session titled 'Beyond 2015' at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja, Nigeria, 09 May 2014. EPA/RUTH McDOWALL.

Africa needs more ‘interventionist states’, says UN’s economic czar

By Simon Allison
Photo: A handout photograph made available by the African Union–United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (Unamid) on 16 March 2011, shows Sudanese Internally Displaced Persons who fled their village, following clashes between the Government of Sudan and rebel movements at Zamzam IDP camp, North Darfur, Sudan, 15 March 2011. According to the Unamid tens of thousands of internally displaced people arrived to take shelter at IDP camps following the clashes. EPA/OLIVIER CHASSOT/UNAMID

Sudan: Could the UN’s biggest peacekeeping mission leave Darfur?

By Nuba Reports
Photo: A undated file photo shows Dancila Nyirabazungu, a survivor and one of curators of the genocide memorial at Queen of the Apostles Church of Ntarama, in front of hundreds of skulls on display where some 5,000 people were killed during the genocide of 1994. EPA/STEPHEN MORRISON

Op-ed: Do Black and African lives matter on the international stage?

Photo: Libya’s unity government's Prime Minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj chairs a meeting of the presidential council with Tripoli municipal council in Tripoli, Libya, 31 March 2016. EPA/STR

Analysis: A turning point for Libya?

Photo: An emotional Uhuru Kenyatta said that the toil of having a case to answer while leading a country had been tough. Photo: Njeri Kimani.

Kenya: Kenyatta kicks off 2017 campaign with the ICC still in his crosshairs

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: Southern Sudanese leader of the Sudan People’s Front and opposition Sudan Liberation Riek Machar addresses journalists at a news conference held in Khartoum, capital of Sudan 18 September 2015. EPA/STR

South Sudan: Waiting for Machar

By Lauren Hutton
All photos by the authors

Tobacco Road: Malawi’s Ten Oxcarts Worth of Development

By Greg Mills & Dickie Davis
Photo: Hermias van Zyl (The Namibian)

amaBhungane: Namibia's top cop linked to drug dealer


Justice, Angola Style: Eight years in preventive detention

By Rafael Marques
Photos: Ripisai Manonge, 80, surveys maize grain salvaged from her fields in Buhera, south-eastern Zimbabwe, 17 March 2016. (Photos by Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe’s Thirstlands: Where drought shrivels lives and crops

Photo: Southern Sudanese leader of the Sudan People’s Front and opposition Sudan Liberation Riek Machar addresses journalists at a news conference held in Khartoum, capital of Sudan, 18 September 2015. Machar arrived in the capital earlier in the week to meet with President Omar Al-Bashir to duscyss issues relating to the implementation of the peace agreeement signed between Machar and President Salva Kiir of South Sudan EPA/STR

South Sudan: A new dawn after years of wasted lives?

By Simon Allison
Photo: Air Vice Marshal Tayo Oguntoyibo (2-R), the Air Component Commander of the Nigerian Air Force and the leader of the operation for Mali holds a pre-flight briefing with pilots, during the take-off of the formation to Mali, in Abuja, Nigeria, 19 January 2013. Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in continuation of its forces deployment to Mali sent two Alpha Jets to strengthen the Ecowas intervention force battling extremist rebel forces in Mali’s northern flank. EPA/JOHNSON TONY

ICG: Implementing Peace and Security Architecture (III), West Africa

By International Crisis Group
Photo: President Jacob Zuma with Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen during National House of Traditional Leaders sitting at Tshwane Council Chambers in Pretoria. (Photo: GCIS) 7 April 2016

#BringBackOurGirls founder: ‘Two years is a long time for children in the den of terrorists’

By Simon Allison
Photo: French soldiers patrolling in the northern town of Diabaly, Mali, 22 January 2013. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

The West in Africa in The Age of Extremism

By Terence McNamee
Photo: Nigerian members of the women’s wing of the All Progessive Party (APC) protest over the government’s failure to rescue the abducted Chibok schoolgirls in Lagos, Nigeria, 13 May 2014. EPA/STR

ICG: The Chibok Girls Must Be Found – and Freed

By International Crisis Group
Photo of the Mulungushi station by the authors.

Decline and Regeneration: Zambia’s ghosts of development past

By Greg Mills & Dickie Davis
Photo: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the chairwoman of the African Union Commission, follows proceedings during the 26th African Union Summit at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 31 January 2016. EPA/SOLAN KOLLI

Illicit Financial Flows and Africa’s path to development

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Then Kenya’s deputy prime minister and presidential aspirant Uhuru Kenyatta (R) and his running mate William Ruto (L) react in front of Kenyan Muslims where they were endorsed by the Association of Muslims organization of Kenya in Nairobi, Kenya, 22 February 2013. EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

The great escape: How Kenyatta and Ruto beat the ICC

By Simon Allison
Photo: A handout photograph provided by the Office of The Deputy President shows Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto (L) celebrating with his colleague shortly after the International Criminal Court (ICC) declared his case a mistrial, at his home in Nairobi, Kenya, 05 April 2016. Ruto and his co-accused, radio presenter Joshua arap Sang, were charged with crimes against humanity in connection with the post-election violence in 2007-08 that killed more than 1,000 people. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomed the court’s ruling. EPA/CHARLES KIMANI

Kenya: ICC decision to drop Ruto case greeted with praise and concern

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: Orange Democratic Movement supporters set up a burning roadblock along the streets of Eldoret, Kenya as the opposition entered the third day of countrywide protest on 18 January 2008. Police fired tear gas and bullets to disperse thousands of protesters in several Kenyan cities on the third a final day of three days of opposition rallies that reignited post-election violence. EPA

Lest we forget: Journalists relive the trauma of Kenya’s post-election violence

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: Then Kenya’s newly elected president Uhuru Kenyatta (R) and his running mate William Ruto (L) react as they speak in front of supporters at their campaign headquartes in Nairobi, Kenya, 09 March 2013, after defeating his main rival Raila Odinga by winning 50.03 percent of votes. EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

Kenya: Development, County Governments and the Risk of 2017 Election Violence

By International Crisis Group
Photo: An Angolan military administers a yellow fever vaccine to a child at Quilometro 30 market, Luanda, Angola, 16 February 2016. This market in the Angolan capital was considered the centre of the yellow fever outbreak. EPA/JOOST DE RAEYMAEKER

Never mind Zika and Ebola: It’s Yellow Fever we should be worried about

By Simon Allison
Photo: Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila (L) is welcomed by his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma during a two-day meeting of leaders from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Pretoria on November 4, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Analysis: The Panama Papers are the tip of a very dirty African iceberg

By Simon Allison
Main photo: Angry residents destroy illegal alcohol in Molo, Kenya. (Njeri Kimani)

Like their deadly product, Kenya’s illegal boozers go from strength to strength

By Njeri Kimani