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26 July 2016 19:53 (South Africa)

Mali: After the French fireworks, who will clean up the mess?

  • 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.

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A Lesotho reporter recounts hours of tense and intimidating interrogation

A Lesotho reporter recounts hours of tense and intimidating interrogation


Book review: Does South Africa have a foreign policy?

By Simon Allison
Photo: Burundian protesters react in joy after pushing back police officers during an anti-government demonstration in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, 22 May 2015. More than 105,000 Burundians have fled the country to seek refuge in neighbouring countries such as Rwanda, DR Congo, and Tanzania, says the United Nations refugee agency. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

‘I am full of despair’: Burundian refugees tell their stories

By Amanda Sperber
Photo: Bokang Ramatšella (Lesotho Times)

amaBhungane: Senior Lesotho politician denies death threat against ‘terrorist’ US ambassador

Photo of Stern Zvorwadza by NewsDay Zimbabwe.

Stern Zvorwadza: Zanu-PF is like a dog in a corner – it is not going to survive

By Daily Maverick Show

amaBhungane: Politically connected brothers, scandal, toxic loans – Malawi edition

Main photo: Hymn singing at His Generation Church in Harare. (Simon Allison)

The Dissident, the Despot & the Divine: A tale of two Zimbabwean churches

By Simon Allison
Photo: Police officers with tear gas canisters prepare to charge as they face opposition supporters protesting against Member of Parliament (MP) Moses Kuria, in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, 14 June 2016. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Kenya: Cop goes rogue, raising flags about security

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attends the official opening of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, 29 April 2016. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

Analysis: South Africa can, and must, act to prevent a disaster in Zimbabwe

By Simon Allison
Photo: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairwoman, African Union Commission, attends the opening plenary session titled ‘Building with BRICS’ at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2013 in the Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa 09 May 2013. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Letter to the Editor: Office of the African Union Commission chair

By Daily Maverick
Photo: A game warden walks through rows of elephant tusks at the National Parks of Zimbabwe headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, 02 June 2016. EPA/STR

Ivory sales: Fast-track to elephant extinction?

By Don Pinnock
Photo: People gather outside the Harare Magistrates courts 13 July 2016 as they attend the court case of Evan Mawarire. Harare, Zimbabwe. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

Analysis: Zimbabwe – Where does #ThisFlag go from here?

By Simon Allison
Photo: Al Shabaab Mogadishu Mayor of al Shabaab Sheikh Mohamed Abu Abdurrahman addresses a news conference along the streets of Dayniile district in Southern Mogadishu, March 5, 2012. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Kenya: Six cops murdered in a suspected Al-Shabaab attack on a police station

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: Pastor Evan Mawarire (Simon Allison)

Zimbabwe: Power to the pastor, power to the people as Mawarire walks

By Simon Allison
Photo: A photograph dated 14 February 2015 of fishermen carrying red snapper fish from their boat to be weighed on a scale in Watamu, a small village located on the Kenyan coast, 556.7km from Nairobi, after spending 24 hours on the shores of Indian ocean fishing them.  EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

ICG: Kenya’s Coast – Devolution Disappointed

By International Crisis Group
Photo: A handout photograph released on 12 July 2016 by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) showing Internally Displaced People (IDPs) taking shelter and refuge due to heavy clashes at the UN base in Tomping, Juba, South Sudan, 11 July 2016. South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir on 11 July called for an immediate ceasefire to end fighting between the country's two warring factions, after days of renewed clashes in Juba, South Sudan's capital that killed over 269 people since 07 July. EPA/BEATRICE MATEGWA / UNMISS

ICG: South Sudan – De-escalating the latest flare-up

By International Crisis Group
Photo: A file picture dated 19 February 2016 and made available by the official North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun via Yonhap News Agency (YNA), shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaking during a commendation ceremony for the scientists, technicians, workers and officials who contributed to the recent successful launch of a satellite, in Pyongyang, North Korea. EPA/RODONG SINMUN

Horns of a Dilemma: Mozambique poaching enriching North Korea’s leadership

By Don Pinnock
Photo: Supporters carry placards showing Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (R) and the First Lady Grace (L), 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

Op-Ed: In Zimbabwe, it is People vs The Government

By Simba J. Hungwe

South Sudan Photo Essay: 'I can't see but God is in my eyes'

Photo: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (C) seen during the ‘Family photograph' taken at the AU Summit in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, 14 June 2015. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

From Rhetoric to Action: What the AU Summit must prioritise

By Netsanet Belay
Photo: A file photo dated 29 April 2016 shows South Sudan President Salva Kiir (R) shaking hands with former rebel leader and First Vice-President Riek Machar (L) after a new unity government was sworn-in, Juba, South Sudan. Reports on 10 July 2016 said hundreds were killed in two days of renewed fighting between supporters of President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar. The UN Security Council condemned the fighting that erupted in Juba, the worst violence since a peace deal was signed in 2015 and forming the national unity government in April this year. EPA/PHILLIP DHIL

South Sudan: Salva Kiir’s 'I told you so' moment

By Lauren Hutton
Photo: President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, attends the leaders session entitled 'Investing in Africa's Future', at the US Africa Leaders Summit at the State Department in Washington DC, USA, 06 August 2014. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

South Sudan stares down the barrel of another civil war

By Simon Allison
Photo: Children at Kapuri School, South Sudan, by United Nations via Flickr

South Sudan economic woes threaten new crisis

By Ian Schechtman
Photo of Juba on Independence Day 2011 by ENOUGH Project via Flickr.

Analysis: South Sudan, five years later

By Lauren Hutton
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. South Sudan President Salva Kiir named a new unity government sharing power with former rebel leader Riek Machar, ending a conflict that erupted since mid-December 2013. According to peace agreement, the interim government will govern for the next 30 months before holding general elections. EPA/PHILLIP DHIL

Op-ed: The war for peace in South Sudan

By Remember Miamingi
Photo: Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza (R) embraces his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma (R) as he departs after an Africa Union-sponsored dialogue in an attempt to end months of violence in the capital Bujumbura, February 27, 2016. REUTERS/Evrard Ngendakumana

ICG: Insights from the Burundian Crisis – Back to Arusha and the Politics of Dialogue

By International Crisis Group
Photo: Former Prime Minister and the opposition leader Raila Odinga looks on as he joins others in singing national anthem during a rally held by the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) in Nairobi, Kenya, 01 June 2016. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Kenya: DisCORD in main opposition as election looms

By Njeri Kimani

Shadow play: Louise Linton and the arrival of the African age

By Kevin Bloom
Photo: Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe eats cake next to his wife Grace during an event marking his 89th birthday at Chipadze stadium in Bindura, about 90 km (56 miles) north of the capital Harare March 2, 2013. REUTERS/Philimon Bulwayo

Analysis: Zimbabweans are hungry for change, but Mugabe still thinks it’s his turn to eat

By Simon Allison