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21 January 2018 20:20 (South Africa)

Egypt: The messy, downward spiral of heavy-handed police and a beleaguered state

  • Khadija Patel
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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:  People stand behind a security barrier with a Togolese flag on it as they greet Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe upon his arrival at the Felix Houphouet Boigny international airport in Abidjan, Ivory Coast 20 November 2017. FEPA-EFE/LEGNAN KOULA

ISS Today: Togo needs international community support to overcome stalemate

Photo: Mapungubwe National Park (Tony Carnie)

SANParks plans to shoo Zim cattle out of Mapungubwe National Park

By Tony Carnie
Photo: African asylum seekers and Israelis residents of South Tel Aviv neighborhoods hold signs in Hebrew that read 'South Tel Aviv is against the deportation' during a protest against the African migrants deportations in southern Tel Aviv, Israel, 09 January 2018. The Israeli Population and Immigration Authority launched a massive departure program 'voluntary leave' intended to pay each refugee $3,500 in exchange for leaving the country back to Africa, those who refuse will be imprisoned. Some 38,000 African asylum seekers live in Israel. EPA-EFE/ABIR SULTAN

The misery of Israel’s 38,000 African asylum seekers and the dubious ‘third country’ solution

Photo: Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaks during a joint press conference after a meeting with Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi (not pictured) at the Presidential Palace in Maputo, Mozambique, 17 January 2017. EPA-EFE/ANTONIO SILVA

ISS Today: Will Mnangagwa pull off another ‘coup’ this year?

Photo: Protesters demonstrate against the World Economic Forum (WEF) and US president Donald Trump, in Bern, Switzerland, 13 January 2018. The WEF will take place from January 23 till January 26 in Davos. EPA-EFE/CHRISTIAN MERZ

Statesmen write to Trump about 'enduring bonds' between Africa and the US

File Photo: Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrives to open the extraordinary congress of the ruling party, Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF), in Harare, Zimbabwe, 15 December 2017. EPA-EFE/AARON UFUMELI

Analysis: Will Mnangagwa’s administration bring closure to post-independence atrocities in Zimbabwe?

By Sally Nyakanyanga
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump waves after addressing a panel called 'Conversations with the Women of America' in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, USA 16 January 2018. EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO

ISS Today: The African Union finally wakes up to Trump

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ISS Today: Why African health policy needs gender equity

Photo: A method for detecting listeriosis in food products in Chile. Photo: Flickr

The creeping, fatal impact of listeriosis

By Bheki C. Simelane & Puseletso Nthate
Photo: Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (flickr)

Zambia: Edgar Lungu’s heavy hand shows in response to cholera outbreak

Photo: Students stand around a Burundian flag during a candlelight vigil for the country, in Nairobi, Kenya, 16 December 2015. Students gathered at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi to remember Burundi that has been gripped by violence between police and opposition groups since April, when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term in office.  EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

ISS Today: Do global actors have what it takes to help Burundi?

Photo: President of Angola Joao Lourenco speaks to journalists during a news conference in Luanda, Angola, 08 January 2018. Photo: EPA-EFE/JOOST DE RAEYMAEKER

The SADC Wrap: Lourenço axes Dos Santos scion, Madagascar’s cyclone, fishy arrests in Mozambique

Main Photo: Mapungubwe National Park is a World Heritage Site. Photos: TONY CARNIE

Tourist anger over cattle grazing in Mapungubwe national park

By Tony Carnie
Photo: Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, speaks during a media conference after the summit with African leaders from the underfunded G5 Sahel anti-terror coalition in La Celle Saint Cloud, near Paris, France, 13 December 2017. EPA-EFE/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

ISS Today: Time for Africa to take concrete action in the DRC

File Photo: Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the MDC-T (Movement for Democratic Change) addresses the media during a press conference, Harare, 16 November 2017.  EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK

Zimbabwe: Tsvangirai’s ill-health forces debate on succession into the open

By Sally Nyakanyanga
File Photo: Then Somaliland President Ahmed Silanyo arrives at Lancaster House for the Somalia Conference in London, Britain, 23 February 2012.  EPA/ANDY RAIN

ISS Today: Somaliland’s new president has work to do

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ISS Today: Known unknowns - the threat of cybercrime in Africa

Photo: Morgan Moseki, asylum seekers lawyer (with green shirt) with his clients in Dukwi refugee Camp. Photo: Supplied

Botswana: Asylum-seekers accuse prison officials of ill-treatment and sexual assault

Photo: African migrants, who were rescued by the Libyan coastguard in the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast, arrive at a naval base in Tripoli, Libya, on 26 May 2017. The Libyan navy said. 'At least 20 boats carrying thousands of migrants on their way to Italy were spotted off the coast of the western city of Sabratha'. EPA/STR

ISS Today: Human smuggling and Libya’s political end game

Photo: Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa (C) is flanked by his two vice presidents Constantino Chiwenga (L) and Kembo Mohadi (R), soon after they took oaths of office at the State House in Harare, Zimbabwe, 28 December 2017. EPA-EFE/AARON UFUMELI

The SADC Wrap: Cholera, a Zimbabwean anticlimax, and the Church vs. Joseph Kabila

Photo: Zimbabwe First Lady Grace Mugabe addresses a church interface rally at Rufaro Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe, 05 November 2017. The rally which was composed mainly by the apostolic sect was aimed at preaching peace and unity to ensure the country holds peaceful elections in 2018. Grace Mugabe also took the platform to attack vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa for attempting to topple Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. EPA-EFE/AARON UFUMELI.

2017 Daily Maverick African Person of the Year: Grace Mugabe, the vanquisher of Robert

Photo: Warcrimes suspect Thomas Lubanga of the Democratic Republic of Congo awaits the judges’ verdict on the appeal following his conviction two years ago for using child soldiers in a conflict in the Congo in 2002-2003 in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands, 01 December 2014. Photo: EPA/MICHAEL KOOREN / POOL

The SADC Wrap: Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa calls for sanctions to end, Congo warlord ordered to compensate child soldiers

Photo: Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans’ Association members listen while Gwede Mantashe urges ANC supporters not to react to the protesters. (Greg Nicolson)

Analysis: When ‘democracy’ becomes ‘regime change’

Photo:  Ecowas mediator and Guinea’s President Alpha Condé at a press conference after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron (not seen) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, 22 November 2017. EPA-EFE/PHILIPPE WOJAZER / POOL MAXPPP OUT

ISS Today: Creating conditions conducive to stability in Guinea-Bissau

Photo: After earning $6 daily as a bus tout, this man has had to move to a rural area where he earns $1.50 a day. He sleeps in this van. Photo: Zimbabwean Reporter

GroundUp: Zimbabwean army’s crackdown on touts leaves many desperate

By GroundUp
Photo: Zimbabwe’s minister of Finance Patrick Chinamasa presents the 2018 national budget in the House of Assembly, in Harare, Zimbabwe, 07 December 2017. The budget presentation comes two weeks after President Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn into office, replacing former president Robert Mugabe, who resigned on 21 November, after 37 years in office. EPA-EFE/AARON UFUMEL

The SADC Wrap: Zim eases up on foreign ownership limits as SADC firms up on Lesotho

Photo: A photo provided by the South African Government Information Service shows South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma (L) speaking to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (R) attending a session of the 24th African Union Summit of the NEPAD Heads of State/Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) at the African Union Headquaters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 29 January 2011. EPA/Ntswe Mokoena

South Africa’s latest threat to withdraw from the ICC, or, How to Squander Leadership

By Max du Plessis
Photo: A file photo dated 25 April 2016 showing a group of the 195 opposition soldiers arriving with General Simon Gatwech Dual, the chief of staff of the South Sudan rebel troops, in Juba, South Sudan.  Photo: EPA/PHILLIP DHIL

ISS Today: Can South Sudan’s peace agreement be revitalised?

Photo: An official hangs the official picture of Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on a wall during a swearing-in ceremony of newly appointed 22 cabinet ministers at the State House in Harare, Zimbabwe, 04 December 2017. EPA-EFE/AARON UFUMELI

Op-Ed: Zimbabwe offers South Africa a lesson on change and outcomes

By David Reiersgord