Analysis of the third kind
23 March 2017 08:16 (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: Pedestrians walk near a campaign billboard featuring the country's incumbent president Yoweri Museveni in Entebbe, Uganda, 26 January 2016. EPA/MIKKO PIHAVAARA

Uganda: President Museveni under fire for encouraging vigilantism against ‘suspicious’ ‘boda-boda’ drivers

By Simon Allison
Photo: Co-founder and CEO of Airbnb Brian Chesky speaks during an interview in Langa township, Cape Town, South Africa March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Airbnb’s African takeover: One-on-One with founder Brian Chesky

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Picture dated 13 February 2008 shows South African pedestrians walking past M.J Unisex Hair Salon run out of a transformed shipping container by Hair Dressers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Masiphumelele township in Cape Town, South Africa. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Letter to the Editor: Help SA to lead Africa in the management of human mobility

By Daily Maverick
Photo: President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (R) speaks during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Not Pictured) after their meeting at the Presidential Palace, Cairo, Egypt, 02 March 2017. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

ISS Today: Egypt renews its commitment to Africa

Photo: Ghanaian opposition leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo (C) speaks to the press soon after he was declared winner of the 2016 presidential election at his residence in Accra, Ghana, 09 December 2016. Ghana's Electoral Commission announced the result late 09 December that opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo had won elections with 53.8 percent of the vote, beating President John Mahama. EPA/CHRISTIAN THOMPSON

Ghana: Why does president Akufo-Addo need an “elephant-sized” cabinet?

By Simon Allison
Photo: A woman walks past a disused tanker in Sheikh, Somaliland. Photo: Greg Mills.

Security in Africa: Military partnerships can foster economic growth on the continent

Photo: In this file picture dated 17 June 2003, armed UN soldiers from Uruguay gather in their headquarters in Bunia, Congo. EPA/MAURIZIO GAMBARINI

Op-Ed: Mental health, the missing link in sustainable peacebuilding

By Friederike Bubenzer
Photo: President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe, President of Benin Bon Yayi and President Jacob Zuma share a light moment before the start of the second day of the FOCAC Summit in Sandton, Johannesburg, 5 Dec 2015. (Photo: GCIS)

Op-Ed: Across Africa, people yearn for the rule of law – and are not afraid to demand it anymore

Photo: Contraceptives smuggled in from Zimbabwe. Photo: Kimberly Mutandiro

GroundUp: Free Zimbabwean contraceptives smuggled for sale in South Africa

By GroundUp
Photo: A general view of the 26th African Union Summit at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 30 January 2016. EPA/SOLAN KOLLI

ISS Today: Will AU members manage to pay their dues?

Photo: Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda waits for the start of the trial against former Congo vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba, his attorney and a Congolese lawmaker at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, 27 November 2013. EPA/Peter Dejong / POOL

Op-Ed: International Criminal Court strengthened by South Africa’s withdrawal of the ICC repeal bill

By Netsanet Belay & Matthew Cannock
Photo: President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, gave remarks and answered questions at the U.S. Institute of Peace on July 22, 2015 during his first visit to the United States since taking office. Photo: US Institute of Peace

ISS Today: Buhari’s mystery illness unsettles the country and the continent

Photo by Global Panorama via Flickr.

The Human Trafficking Act: Is it doing the job?

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: A picture made available on 22 August 2016 showing artwork by Akram abu al-Foz, a Syrian artist, in the memory of the chemical attack on Ghouta, in Douma, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, 21 August 2016. EPA/MOHAMMED BADRA

ISS Today: AU must keep building on progress made to curb WMD

Photo: The participants at the Humanitarian Conference for Nigeria and Lake Chad region hosted by Norway, Germany, Nigeria and the United Nations poses for a family photo in Oslo, Norway, 24 February 2017. EPA/Hakon Mosvold Larsen

ISS Today: The hidden opportunity of the Lake Chad Basin crisis

Photo: Top: Air Tractor AT-802 SEAT (Single Engine Air Tanker) landing at Fox Field, Lancaster California, while fighting the North Fire. (Wikimedia Commons/Alen Radecki); Bottom: Archangel (Photo by IOMAX)

Kenya’s very own ‘arms deal’ scandal

By Njeri Kimani & Simon Allison
Photo: Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May gives a press briefing during the European spring summit in Brussels, Belgium, 09 March 2017. EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

ISS Today: Brexit Europe, not Brexit Africa

Photo: Riot police disperse demonstrators during a protest against a referendum on the adoption of a new constitution that changes contentious rules on presidential eligibility, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 20 October 2016. EPA/LEGNAN KOULA

ISS Today: Policing is key for Africa’s peace and development

Photo: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of South Africa looks on during the 19th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 15 July 2012. EPA/MARTIN DIXON

ISS Today: Dlamini-Zuma shuffles out of Addis – and into SA’s Cabinet?

Photo: A young man fixing a pothole in Harare. Photo: Pamela Keletso

GroundUp: Motorists pay toll fees to Zimbabwe’s pothole entrepreneurs

By GroundUp
Photo: Felix Tshisekedi (L) talks to an unidentified visitor as he mourns the death of his father and veteran Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, in the courtyard of his residence in the Limete Municipality of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa, February 3, 2017. REUTERS/Robert Carrubba

Like father, like son: Who is Felix Tshisekedi, and can he keep Congo’s opposition together?

By Simon Allison
Photo: President Donald J. Trump reacts after delivering his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017. Traditionally the first address to a joint session of Congress by a newly-elected president is not referred to as a State of the Union. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

Open Letter to African Economic and Trade Ministers: There’s a Trump in your future, like it or not

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, speaks at the 52nd Security in Munich, Germany, 13 February 2016. The 52nd Security Conference, where foreign policy and defence experts are meeting to discuss global crises continues until 14 February 2016. EPA/SVEN HOPPE

Op-Ed: Olusegun Obasanjo at 80 – African icon, global treasure

By Greg Mills
Photo: A picture made available 02 February 2017 shows a Liberian man displaying his finger marked to obtain a voter card at a registration center in Monrovia, Liberia, 01 February 2017. Liberians will go to the polls in October for the presidential and general elections, as incumbent President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf currently serves her second and final term in office. EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

ISS Today: Of businessmen, technocrats and politicos – the race for Liberia’s presidency

Photo: A file picture dated 23 November 2015 shows the new home of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. EPA/MARTIJN BEEKMAN

Op-Ed: In South Africa’s date with ICC destiny, Mandela’s legacy is a beacon to follow

By Paul Seils
Main photo: Kanshanshi Mine (Greg Mills)

Zambia’s mining investor schizophrenia

By Greg Mills

Special Investigation: US war on terror leaves bloody trail in Africa

By Simon Allison
Photo of Kenyan cattle by Jeff Turner via Flickr

What’s the beef? Kenya’s cattle wars spiral out of control

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: SA Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa meets with Lesotho’s Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili in Maseru (Photo GCIS)

Op-Ed: The bureaucratisation of politicians in Lesotho