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22 June 2017 20:41 (South Africa)
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Identity: Still the ultimate hot potato for Africa's artists

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    Rebecca Davis studied at Rhodes University and Oxford before working in lexicography at the Oxford English Dictionary. After deciding she’d rather make up words than define them, she returned to South Africa in 2011 to write for the Daily Maverick, which has been a magnificilious decision.  

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Photo: Elements of the Force Intervention Brigade of Monusco give a demonstration of their know-how in combat. The Brigade is mandated by the UN Security Council to neutralise all armed groups in eastern D.R. Congo Photo: Wikimedia Common

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Photo: President Jacob Zuma attends the African Union Summit held on 27-30 January 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (GCIS)

ISS Today: Will South Africa be at the 29th AU summit?

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Main photo: Men Bundle Tobacco Leaves for Drying in Malawi (Mitchell Maher / International Food Policy Institute, via Flickr)

Op-Ed: Two Malawis, Few Opportunities, One Challenge

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Photo: A Somali refugee stands inside a tent with her baby in Dollo Ado, Ethiopia. 25/08/2011. Dollo Ado, Ethiopia. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe. www.unmultimedia.org/photo/

ISS Today: As doors close to refugees, Ethiopia’s stay open

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World Refugee Day: When crisis breeds innovation in Uganda

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ISS Today: Djibouti plays the West off against the Far East

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Photo: US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross responds to a question from the news media on new lumber tariffs levied on Canada during the White House daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 25 April 2017. On Monday the Trump administration announced it planned to levy a 20% tariff on softwood lumber imports from Canada. EPA/SHAWN THEW

After AGOA: SA must prepare for two-way free trade agreements with US

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Photo: President Jacob Zuma with the President of Zambia Edgar Lungu at a press conference at the Union Buildings following the State Visit, 8 December 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

SADC Wrap: Murder mystery in Lesotho while MPs suspended in Zambia

By KRISTEN VAN SCHIE
Photo: President Jacob Zuma holding a bilateral meeting with President Arthur Peter Mutharika of Malawi during the 24th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government held at the new African Union Building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 31 January 2o15. (GCIS)

Malawi: SADC’s silence on Mutharika’s tear-gassing of pupils encourages escalation of abuse

By Maynard Manyowa
Photo: The lonely pyramids of Giza Photo: Liezl Rees

Op-Ed: Egypt on the edge as economy plummets

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Photo: Rwandan President Paul Kagame (R) walks beside his army chief of staff, Brigadier-General Kayumba Nyamwasa, in Kigali during celebrations marking Liberation Day July 4, 2000. REUTERS/Stringer

Ghosts of Rwanda: War crimes, genocide, and terrorism – where to now for Nyamwasa?

By KRISTEN VAN SCHIE
Photo: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (L) reacts next to South Africa's President Jacob Zuma during the opening of the 25th African Union summit in Johannesburg, June 14, 2015. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Analysis: While Zuma may want to be like Mugabe, South Africa is not Zimbabwe

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Photo: Zambia’s Edgar Lungu (Left, EPA), Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe (Right, EPA)

Analysis: Lungu does a Mugabe, as Zambia follows Zimbabwe’s disastrous path

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Photo: A man stands by a polluted river in Hanoi, Vietnam, 03 March 2016. According to data from a report of environment advocacy group Ocean Conservancy, roughly eight million tons of plastic enter the ocean every year.  Photo: EPA/LUONG THAI LINH

ISS Today: Africa is stepping up to help save the oceans

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Main photo: Two young patients at the cholera treatment centre in Dolow.

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Photo: At Kalahari Energy’s site in Central Botswana from the left a water truck stands next to a chemical mixer for fracking chemicals next to a high-volume fracturing pressure pump and a portable drill rig on the far right. The company used this equipment for setting up test wells near the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee

Op-Ed: Panama Papers help journalists expose fracking and the high cost of cheap gas

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Photo: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a statement to the media outside No. 10 Downing Street after meeting the Queen in Buckingham Palace in London, Britain, 09 June 2017.  EPA/ANDY RAIN

Dear Theresa May: a counter-terrorism lesson from Africa

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Photo: President Zuma with Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at the Second Extraordinary Summit of the Volunteering Nations on the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC). AU Headqurters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 09/11/2016, Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

ANC government still wants an ICC-free future for South Africa

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Photo: President Jacob Zuma meets the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho Tom Thabane in Johannesburg 13 May 2013. (Photo: GCIS)

Lesotho: No coup on our watch, says South Africa

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Op-Ed: Despite deepening crisis, tribal majority will vote against own interests in Kenyan election

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Photo: Supporters of United Party for National Development President, Hakainde Hichilema, attend his final rally ahead of the Presidential elections in Lusaka, Zambia, 29 October 2008. EPA/STR

THE SADC WRAP: Mosisili out, Hichilema shuffled, Zim birds banned

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Photo: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R) meet with his Sudanese counterpart Ibrahim Ghandour (L), in Cairo, Egypt, 03 June 2017. Ghandour was in Egypt to discuss the bilateral relationships amidst political tension between the two countries. EPA/MOHAMED HOSSAM

ISS Today: Do Egypt and Sudan have anything in common any more?

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Photo: A Chinese construction engineer works at a section of the Mombasa-Nairobi standard gauge railway (SGR) at Emali in Kenya October 10, 2015. Picture taken October 10, 2015. REUTERS/Noor Khamis

ISS Today: Is China’s belt and road initiative just a bedtime story?

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Photo: Sunrise over Lake Malawi, by Neville Nel, via Flickr.

amaBhungane: New Malawi water scheme is in the interest of a few, not the country

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Photo: Lord Resistance Army’s (LRA) Major General Joseph Kony, in this exclusive image, poses at peace negotiations between the LRA and Ugandan religious and cultural leaders in Ri-Kwangba, southern Sudan, November 30, 2008. REUTERS/Africa24 Media (SUDAN)

ISS Today: The Lord’s Resistance Army is far from finished

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Photo: Maseru, By Paul via Flickr

Lesotho: Orderly election marked by unsettling military presence

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Op-Ed: The Humanitarian Situation in Ethiopia

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Photo: Angola's President Jose Eduardo dos Santos (C) addresses the media after casting his vote during national elections in the capital Luanda, August 31, 2012. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

SADC Wrap: Lesotho votes and Dos Santos returns

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Photo: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe addresses an election rally  in Bulawayo, about 439km west of the capital Harare, July 27,2013. Zimbabwe will hold general elections on 31 July. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Op-Ed: Mugabe’s guns are in line, and his trusted cadres are first in the firing line

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