Analysis of the third kind
22 August 2017 18:35 (South Africa)

ISS Today: Can the Zambian intervention resuscitate the Commonwealth?

Photo: Patricia Scotland, secretary-general of the Commonwealth meets with Zambia's  President Edgar Lungu. Photo:
Photo: Former Benin’s President Nicéphore Soglo attends a forum during the 1st European Development Days in Brussels, November 16, 2006.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

Soglo and Benin: Democracy, more than a moment

By Greg Mills
Photo: President Jacob Zuma delivering his Welcome remarks during the opening ceremony of the 37th Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ordinary Summit of Heads of States and Government in Pretoria. South Africa is hosting the SADC Summit under the theme ‘Partnering with the private sector in developing the Industry and Regional Value Chains’, at the OR Tambo Building of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. 19 August 2017. (GCIS)

SADC summit: Leaders pussyfoot around setting deadline for elections in DRC

Photo:  Grace Mugabe (R) speaks to her husband President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe (L) at a welcome home event at Harare International airport, Harare, Zimbabwe, 24 September 2016. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

Disgrace 2.0: Just like Omar al-Bashir, Grace Mugabe allowed to flee South Africa

Photo: Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was released last week after being arrested in April. Here he addresses his final election rally ahead of the Presidential elections in Lusaka on 29 October 2008.  STR /(EPA)

Zambia’s Hakainde Hichilema: ‘I had to pay a heavy price for people to open their eyes’

Photo: Police keep an eye on protesters outside the Department of International Relations and Co-operation building where the 37th SADC summit was being held at the weekend: Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee

Pro-democracy demonstrators from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and DRC protest outside SADC summit

By Ihsaan Haffejee
Photo: President Jacob Zuma with other Heads of State and Government during a family photo session at the 37th South African Development Community (SADC) Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government at the Department of International Relations Cooperation, OR Tambo Building in Pretoria, 19 August 2017. (GCIS)

SADC Summit: Zuma wants regional industrialisation

Photo: Zimbabwean First Lady, Grace Mugabe during a pre-2018 election rally event at the Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera, about 100 kilometers east of Harare, Zimbabwe, 02 June 2017. Photo: EPA/AARON UFUMELI

Grace Mugabe: Plans afoot to grant diplomatic immunity once the Zimbabwean first lady is on home soil

Photo:  Several thousands of South African from the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) protest outside the parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 24 April 2013. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

ISS Today: The fight against corruption in Africa is on

Photo: The leader of the opposition coalition The National Super Alliance (NASA) Raila Odinga speaks during a news conference in Nairobi, Kenya, 16 August 2017. Odinga announced that his coalition will move to Supreme Court to challenge the result of the presidential election result which declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner. Photo: DAI KUROKAWA (EPA)

ISS Today: Will Kenya always be the country of the future?

Photo: Grace Mugabe (R) speaks to her husband President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe (L) at a welcome home event at Harare International airport, Harare, Zimbabwe, 24 September 2016. Photo: AARON UFUMELI (EPA)

Saving Grace: Zimbabwe's first lady attempts to hide behind diplomatic immunity

Photo: Zambia’s United Democratic Alliance presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema waves to his supporters as he leaves the supreme court in Lusaka after filing his nomination papers August 12, 2006. REUTERS/Salim Henry

Zambia: Hakainde Hichilema released from jail to jubilant reception, more popular than ever

Photo: A view of Ha Petlane village with Reskol diamond mine and Mamokuena Bulane’s two cracked houses near the mine. Photos: Supplied

Lesotho Mining: ‘Endless broken promises’ as families live with cracked houses

By MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism

Op-Ed: High-level tax dialogue to stem Africa bleeding billions

By Logan Wort

Gukurahundi Origins – Myth and Reality, part 3: The tourist abduction, 1982

By Stuart Doran
Photo: The Dalai Lama has pulled out of a planned visit to Botswana, citing “exhaustion”. Here he speaks during the World Peace and Harmony conclave ahead of Indian Independence Day in Mumbai on Sunday 13 August. Photo: Divyakant Solanki/(EPA)

SADC Wrap: Congo cracks down on social media, while Dalai Lama bails on Botswana

Photo: Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga react after a press conference by their leaders in Mathare North, one of Odinga's strongholds in Nairobi, Kenya, 10 August 2017. Raila Odinga and other opposition leaders held a press conference  where the co-principal Musalia Mudavadi said they believe Odinga to be the rightful winner of the presidential poll according to their own counts. Provisional results of the Presidential poll shows the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta to be leading. Photo: DANIEL IRUNGU (EPA)

Kenyan Election: Observers give poll the thumbs up, urge Odinga to challenge results peacefully

Photo: Former hostage Stephen McGown addresses the media for the first time after being released from captivity last week. To his left is his father, Malcolm McGown Photo: Ihsaan Haffajee

McGown: ‘I did my best to see the best in the bad situations and the difficult times’

Photo: Street artist Solomon Muyundo, also known as Solo7, paints a message of peace on a wall in Kibera slum, one of the opposition leader Raila Odinga's strongholds in the capital Nairobi, Kenya, 09 August 2017. Photo: DAI KUROKAWA (EPA)

Kenyan Elections: Threats of violence in the air as vote counting draws to an end

Photo: A picture released by the US Marine Corps on 09 October 2014 shows US Marines and Sailors assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa prepare to board an KC-130J Super Hercules as they deploy to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, at Moron Air Base, Spain, 08 October 2014. Photo: EPA/US Marine Corps/ Gerard Farao 

ISS Today: Is Trump militarising US-Africa policy?

Photo: A 2014 West African report showed that criminalisation of drug use worsens health and social problems. Photo: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

West Africa reform agenda looks to decriminalise drug use

By Leandre Banon
Photo: A supporter of the opposition leader Raila Odinga stands in midst of burning tyres during a protest after Odinga announced that he rejects the provisional result of the presidential election announced by the electoral body, in Kibera slum, one of Odinga's strongholds in Nairobi, Kenya, 09 August 2017.  Photo: DAI KUROKAWA (EPA)

Kenyan Poll: Opposition cries foul over alleged elections cheating, but at what cost?

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: Kenyan voters queue as they wait to cast their votes at a polling station in the Kibera slum, in Nairobi, Kenya, 08 August 2017. Photo: DANIEL IRUNGU (EPA)

Kenyan Elections: The dark underbelly to a noisy democracy

By Carien du Plessis

Gukurahundi Origins: Myth and Reality, Part 2 – the arms caches ‘crisis’, 1982

By Stuart Doran
Photo: President Jacob Zuma receives Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia who is on a courtesy visit to South Africa, 24/02/2015, Tuynhuys, Cape Town. (GCIS)

The SADC Wrap: Juju gets Zambia all hot and bothered, while Malawi wants ex-president behind bars

Photo: Frank Habineza (A framegrab from BBC World)

Rwanda: ‘Green’ candidate claims massive support in run-up to poll, but the facts don’t back it up

Photo: Stephen McGowan.

Analysis: As long as ransoms are paid, kidnappings will continue

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: Stephen McGowan.

SA Hostage in Mali: Stephen McGowan home after six years in captivity

Photo: Members of the civil society stand with placards to protest against the killing of Chris Msando, the ICT manager at the Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), in Nairobi, Kenya, 01 August 2017. Kenya will hold general elections on 08 August. Photo: DAI KUROKAWA (EPA)

Kenya: The dangers of fake news as the nation goes to the polls

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: French president Emmanuel Macron (C) greets Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj (L) and Commander of the Libyan National Army, General Khalifa Haftar (R), following their meeting at the castle of La Celle Saint Cloud, west of Paris, France, 25 July 2017. Photo: YOAN VALAT (EPA)

ISS Today: Libyans hold their breath for another peace deal