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10 December 2016 05:02 (South Africa)

Egypt: It’s the economy, stupid

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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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Photo: President Jacob Zuma receives the President of Zambia, Edgar Lungu during his State Visit to South Africa at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, 8 Dec 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

Nuclear Deal(s): What Zambia can learn from South Africa

By Simon Allison
Photo: People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola - Labour Party (MPLA) supporters of presidential candidate, and incumbent President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, shout slogans during a political rally a political rally in Luanda, Angola, 29 August 2012. EPA/PAULO NOVAIS

ISS Today: Dos Santos’ retirement changes nothing, and everything, in Angola

By Simon Allison
MAIN PHOTO: Khadija Muuse, 70, is among tens of thousands of Somalis displaced by drought. The men in her family have all left for towns and cities in search of work, leaving her and other women and children behind. Rabaable village, near Garowe, Puntland. ©UNICEF Somalia/2016/Sebastian Rich

Puntland: In a time of drought, Somali families forced to separate to survive

By Kun Li
Photo: A poll worker holds a marble which represents one vote after the close of voting during the presidential election in Banjul, Gambia, December 1, 2016. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon.

ISS Today: Jammeh loses his marbles

Photo: Ghana’s incumbent leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and presidential candidate John Dramani Mahama during the last rally to the General election in Accra, Ghana, 05 November 2016. EPA/CHRISTIAN THOMPSON.

Africa Research Institute: Seven things to understand about elections in Ghana

Photo: A file picture dated 19 May 1998 shows Nelson Mandela with Fidel Castro at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the GATT Agreement, during the ministerial conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. EPA/PATRICK AVIOLAT

ISS Today: Castro’s death casts light on Africa’s relationship with its diaspora

Photo: Nigerians interact at a market in Mubi, Adamawa state, Nigeria, 15 May 2013. EPA/DEJI YAKE

Just how hungry is north-eastern Nigeria?

By Simon Allison
Photo: Julius Malema, then leader of the ruling African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL), is welcomed by Zimbabwean President Robet Mugabe at State House in Harare, April 5, 2010. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

EFF to Mugabe: Political power shouldn’t be taken to the grave

By News24
Photo: Members of the South Korean contingent Hanbit unit are in action at its base in the city of Bor, Jonglei State, South Sudan, 06 July 2015, as they take part in a quick-reaction-force drill. EPA/YONHAP/POOL

ISS Today: Where to from here for the UN in South Sudan?

Photo: President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, addresses Parliament in Khartoum, Sudan, 19 October 2015. EPA/MORWAN ALI

ICG: Sudan protests – it is in the government’s interest to respond with restraint

By International Crisis Group
Photo: Supporters of president-elect Adama Barrow celebrate Barrow’s election victory in Banjul, Gambia, December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

The Gambia: Jammeh’s defeat shows voting does count, and dictators do fall

By Simon Allison
Photo: An undated handout file photograph made available on 04 March 2016 by the North Korean news agency KCNA shows the test-firing of new-type large-caliber multiple launch rocket system by the North Korean military. EPA/KCNA/HANDOUT

ISS Today: Africa pushes for a 2017 ban on nuclear weapons

Photo: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (C) arrives at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, 08 October 2014. EPA/BART MAAT.

Kenya: Taxpayers tapped to fund ruling party primaries

By Njeri Kimani
Simon Allison’s travel to The Hague was supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the The Hague Municipality.

After a bruising year, the ICC plots a road to redemption

By Simon Allison
Photo: Kariba Dam, by Joe McKenna via Flickr.

Op-Ed: A clear and present danger of Kariba Dam collapse

By Chris Gilmour
Photo: A young girl walks through a field of failed corn crops near Matinyani, in the semi-arid Kitui County in southeastern Kenya, 22 March 2015, the World Water Day. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

ISS Today: Land privatisation and climate change are costing rural Kenyans

Photo: Sunset on the rising city, Addis Ababa, by Jean Rebiffé via Flickr

TRAINSPOTTER: Sound of Silence – the dark art of quieting a country

By Richard Poplak
Photo: South African children living with HIV receiving antiretroviral treatment perform during an AIDS awareness concert in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa, 01 December 2010. The Cirque du Monde Ibhongolwethu Project which performed the concert is run by Zip Zap Circus School in conjunction with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and consists of a series of circus arts workshops sponsored by Cirque du Soleil. Instructors from Zip Zap Circus School travel to Khayelitsha twice a week to teach ground-based circus acts such as mini-trampoline, tumbling and juggling to children living with HIV receiving antiretroviral treatment. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: A precision approach can pinpoint the way to progress

By Sue Desmond-Hellmann
Photo: Uganda incumbent and President elect Yoweri Museveni addresses the nation at his country home in Rwakitura, Kirihura district in western Uganda, February 21, 2016. REUTERS/James Akena

Uganda: Violent clashes leave at least 62 dead

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: Jeff Koinange, by UNEP via Flickr.

Kenya: Jeff Koinange sacked after politician’s rape comments

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: A file picture dated 23 November 2015 shows the new home of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. The court, governed by the Rome Statute, is the first permanent, treaty based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community. EPA/MARTIJN BEEKMAN

ISS Today: ICC states parties must walk the talk more

Photo: German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets the chairwoman of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma before the beginning of the outreach conference at Elmau Castle in Elmau, Germany, 08 June 2015. EPA/PETER KNEFFEL

ISS Today: Africa should benefit most from new EU development vision

Photo: Grace Mugabe looks on next to her husband Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during his 91st birthday celebration at Victoria Falls, February 28, 2015. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Zimbabwe braces for the worst as bond notes introduced

By Simon Allison
Photo: Judge Julia Sebutinde (Simon Allison)

Africa’s most senior female judge: ‘Would these men even listen to me?’

By Simon Allison
Photo: Then Namibia's Prime Minister Hage Geingob (now President) leaves the fourth EU-Africa Summit of Heads of States at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 03 April 2014. EPA/Stephanie Lecocq

amaBhungane Namibia: Geingob’s pals ‘sank oil deal’

Photo: Moroccan King Mohammed VI attends the World Climate Change Conference 2016 (COP22) in Marrakesh, Morocco, November 15, 2016. The UN Climate Change Conference COP22 is held between 07 and 18 November in Marrakech. EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA

ISS Today: Morocco’s King Mohammed VI woos African leaders at COP22

Photo: Yei, South Sudan. (UN News Centre)

War comes to Yei: South Sudan’s Safe Haven no more

By Jonathan Pedneault
Photo: A file photo dated 09 March 2013 shows Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta  smiling after winning in 2013 Presidential election in Nairobi, Kenya  EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

Kenya: Top official threatens civil society activist at ICC

By Simon Allison
Photo: The ICC building in the Hague, Netherlands, by Roel Wijnants via Flickr

View from The Hague: ‘The ICC bleeding has stopped’

By Simon Allison