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26 March 2017 18:58 (South Africa)

Op-Ed: The bureaucratisation of politicians in Lesotho

Photo: SA Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa meets with Lesotho’s Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili in Maseru (Photo GCIS)
Photo: A machine gun is seen on a sandbag on a boat off the Atlantic coast in Nigeria's Bayelsa state December 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

ISS Today: Fighting rising piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

Photo: Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe (R) shares a joke with his vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa during Mugabe’s birthday celebrations at Great Zimbabwe in Masvingo, February 27, 2016.   REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Africa can expect a quieter 2017, says top risk analysis firm

By Simon Allison
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump reacts as he delivers brief remarks before a toast during the annual Governors Dinner in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 26 February 2017. EPA/CHIP SOMODEVILLA

ISS Today: Trump keeps Africa guessing

Photo: Mo Ibrahim, Founder of Celtel and Satya Capital, delivers a speech at the Institute of Directors Convention at the Royal Albert Hall, Central London, Britain, 03 October 2014. EPA/WILL OLIVER

Governance in Africa: What do the numbers tell us?

By Lyal White & Adrian Kitimbo
Photo: Elube Mwalwen, a Malawian national, surveys the damage done to the room she rents in the house in Rosettenville that was set alight during a vigilante attack. By Ihsaan Haffejee/GroundUp

Op-Ed: South Africa has become the Bad Guy in Africa

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

Kiir & Machar: The men that made South Sudan’s predictable famine

By Simon Allison
Photo: Tatenda, age 8, Chipo, age 9, and Trish, age 8 (left to right), share a story book during class at Matau Primary School in Zimbabwe. May 4, 2011 (Photo by Eileen Burke for © Save the Children)

Zimbabwe: Sweeping changes threaten education system

By Mako Muzenda
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. Mugabe was returning from the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

Zimbabwe: Wanted, Dead or Alive – Grace says Mugabe’s influence will be felt beyond the grave

By Simon Allison
Photo: Moroccans pose for photos with a picture of King Mohammed VI of Morocco at the landmark Jemaa el-Fnaa square in Marrakech, Morocco 2016. The UN Climate Change Conference COP22 will be held in Marrakech from 07 to 18 November. EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA

ISS Today: Will the AU impact Morocco more than Morocco will impact the AU?

Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in Lesotho as Southern African Development Community (SADC) Facilitator, 22-23 Jun 2016 (Photo GCIS)

ISS Today: Is Lesotho about to plunge into chaos again?

Main Photo: Tuli Block’s elephants are supported by safari operations that give them thousands of liters of water per day. The baby elephant on the lower right is around 3 month old. (Jeffrey Barbee/Alliance

Op-Ed: Elephant-sized mining plans threaten to bring environmental stress to Limpopo Valley

By Jeffrey Barbee
Photo: Misozi Chanthunya (Photo by Times of Malawi)

amaBhungane: Malawian murder suspect surviving in South Africa on court appeals

Photo: The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, gives a press conference at the federal chancellery in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2016. Buhari is on an official visit to Germany. EPA/RAINER JENSEN

The mystery of Nigeria’s holidaymaker-in-chief

By Simon Allison
Main Photo: Georgina Goodwin

Female Genital Mutilation: Kenya’s worst-kept secret

Photo: New Southern African Development Community (SADC) Chairperson President Ian Khama during the 35th SADC Summit held in Gaborone, Botswana, 16-18 August 2015. (Photo: GCIS)

Botswana’s bubble bursts as economic decline sets in

Photo: Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta (L) and his runnung mate William Ruto (R) chat during a campaign rally held in Nairobi, Kenya, 02 March 2013. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

ISS Today: The AU’s (other) ICC strategy

Photo: A coffin with remains of the Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi on the third day of the funeral wake in Brussels, Belgium, 05 February 2017. Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi died on 01 February 2017 at the age of 84 in Brussels. EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

ISS Today: Death becomes a political football in the DRC

Photo: Zimbabwe People First (PF) party president Joice Mujuru addresses her first campaign rally in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. EPA/STR

Zimbabwe: ZimPF’s implosion is good news for Tsvangirai

By Simon Allison
Photo: Supporters of newly elected President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmajo’ Mohamed celebrate in the streets after the votes where counted in the presidential election held at the international airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, 09 February 2017. Members of the upper and lower houses voted with 21 candidates for president. The wartorn country was holding its first Presidential elections in a quarter century. EPA/SAID YUSUF WARSAME

ISS Today: Somalia’s elections herald unexpected fresh start

Photo: Newly elected Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmajo’ Mohamed (C) after the votes where counted in the presidential election held at the international airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, 08 February 2017. Members of the upper and lower houses voted with 21 candidates for president. The war torn country is holding its first presidential elections in a quarter century. EPA/SAID YUSUF WARSAME

Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmajo’, Somalia’s unexpected president

By Simon Allison
Photo: A man walks in front of a huge banner with picture of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reading on ‘One nation, One flag, One homeland, One state’, in Istanbul, Turkey, 27 January 2017. Turkey’s parliament on 21 January approved a reform of the constitution to change the country’s parliamentarian system of governance into a presidential one, which the opposition denounced as giving more power to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. A referendum on the amendments is expected to be held in April. EPA/SEDAT SUNA

ISS Today: Sailing from Byzantium – Turkey’s venture into Africa

Photo: USAID/Kenya is backing Kenyans as they work to reforest the country, safeguard rivers, restore soil fertility, and protect threatened wildlife. Reforestation binds the soil, preventing erosion and protecting rivers essential to the Laikipia farmers’ cattle shown here.(USAID/Riccardo Gangale)

Kenya: Huge cattle invasion overwhelms iconic wildlife reserves

By Don Pinnock
Photo: Liberian women carry cosmetics on sale on the streets in downtown Monrovia, Liberia, 10 December 2016. Over 60% of Liberians live below the poverty line, with an unemployment rate in the country estimated at over 80%. EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

ISS Today: Lost in transition – no change for women’s rights in Liberia

Photo: Nigerian women gather their belongings to depart the village of Mairi in the Konduga local government area of Borno State, North-East Nigeria following Boko Haram attacks over the weekend, Nigeria 08 February 2016. Three women and one man were killed during the attack which led to the destruction of the village. Nigerian military have been carrying out operations against Boko Haram following the recent Boko Haram attacks. Boko Haram insurgents have been waging a terror campaign in Northeast Nigeria for over 5 years. EPA/STRINGER

ISS Today: Boko Haram in 2016 – a highly adaptable foe

Photo: Dozens of Zimbabwean men in Musina push bicycles loaded with old tyres across the border. Photo by the author.

GroundUp: Smuggling tyres across the Zimbabwean border

By GroundUp
Photo: South Sudanese soldiers on their vehicle patrol a street in Juba, South Sudan, 20 December 2013. EPA/PHILLIP DHIL

Africa: Conflict is not going away, but it is evolving

By Simon Allison
Photo: Supporters of the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, react as they shout slogans during a demonstration against Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, 09 May 2016. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Kenya: Not a registered voter? No sex, booze or government services for you

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: Kenya’s opposition and Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) leader Raila Odinga (3-R) follows proceedings in a court room in Nairobi, Kenya, 23 December 2014. EPA/STR.

ISS Today: Kenya’s opposition needs more than a coalition to win the polls

Photo: Cameroon celebrates being crowned Champions during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals, Afcon Final match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Libreville in Gabon on 05 February 2017 ©Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Afcon 2017: Unfavoured, unliked, unbelievable Cameroon seal fifth title in fine fashion

By Antoinette Muller