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19 January 2017 12:39 (South Africa)

‘Enter Jihadnalism!’: Al-Shabaab returns from social media exile

  • Simon Allison
    Simon Allison

    Simon Allison covers Africa for the Daily Maverick, having cut his teeth reporting from Palestine, Somalia and revolutionary Egypt. He loves news and politics, the more convoluted the better. Despite his natural cynicism and occasionally despairing tone, he is an Afro-optimist, and can’t wait to witness and chronicle the continent’s swift development over the next few decades.

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Photo: Christian Bassogog of Cameroon (l) tackled by Mamadu Cande of Guinea Bissau during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Cameroon and Guinea Bissau at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 18 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix.

The AFCON day that was: 18 January – Cameroon ruin Guinea-Bissau’s fairy tale

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: A handout photo made available by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) shows the aftermath of a bombing allegedly carried out by the Nigerian Army at a government-run camp for internally displaced persons in Rann, Nigeria, 17 January 2017. According to MSF, at least 52 people were killed and some 200 injured in what is believed to be an accidential aerial bombing by a Nigerian Army fighter jet targeting Boko Haram militants. EPA/MSF HANDOUT

Collateral Damage: More civilians killed in Nigeria’s war on terror

By Simon Allison
Photo: A man sells coconuts in a wheel barrow at a street market in Monrovia, Liberia, 29 December 2016. EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

ISS Today: Liberia’s journey to national ownership

Photo: Khartoum (kopi_kocok via Flickr)

Sudan: Sanctions eased, Khartoum comes in from the cold

By Simon Allison
Photo: A Kenyan healthworker shouts slogans holding a banner written ‘Daktari is wounded’ meaning ‘The Doctor is wounded’ during a protest in Nairobi, Kenya, 05 December 2016. Thousands of healthworkers took to the streets in efforts to push the government to implement a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) they signed in June 2013 to improve pay and conditions of work. EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

Kenya’s hospitals crippled – on doctors’ orders

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: A woman walks through the main market in Bujumbura, Burundi, 22 July 2015. EPA/WILL SWANSON

ISS Today: Can Burundi bury the ghosts of its troubled past?

Photo: Frank Acheampong of Ghana evades challenge from Moses Oloya of Uganda during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Ghana and Uganda at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 17 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

The Afcon day that was: January 17 – Never Ghana let you down

By Antoinette Muller
African leaders stand during a Closing Ceremony of the 26th African Union Summit at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 31 January 2016.  EPA/SOLAN KOLLI

ISS Today: Elections in 2017 – can the AU up its game?

Photo: DR Congo fans during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between DR Congo and Morocco at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 16 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

The AFCON day that was: January 16 – DRC top group C, cash bonuses flown in for Uganda

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Freshly caught snoek, a mackerel species, in the small fishing harbour of Kalk Bay in Cape Town, South Africa, 22 April 2014. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: Is southern Africa running out of fish?

Photo: President of Gambia Yahya Jammeh (C) welcomes President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari (R) and President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (L) for talks at the State House in Banjul, Gambia, 13 January 2017. The talks come in the wake of Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to accept election results. This is the second visit by a high Level UN/AU/ECOWAS Joint Mission on Gambia aiming at seeking a solution to resolve the political crisis. EPA/STR

Analysis: Ecowas is ready to deliver on its Gambian threats

By Simon Allison
Photo: J. Peter Pham has been mentioned for the job of assistant secretary of state for African affairs in a Trump administration. (Photo: Atlantic Council)

Analysis: The puzzle of Trump’s Africa policy

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Hamdi Maguez of Tunisia challenges Sadio Mane of Senegal during the Afcon Group B match between Tunisia and Senegal on the 15 January 2017 at Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

The AFCON day that was: January 14-15 – breathless football and kitasrophes

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Residents read a Nigerian army poster of wanted Boko Haram suspects in Bayelsa, Nigeria 19 May 2016. EPA/Tife Owolabi

ISS Today: Boko Haram threat – time to finish the job

Photo: Qualified carpenter Alex Mhazo sells mobile phone cards in central Harare, in this picture taken April 1, 2014. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Op-Ed: Expensive data is a new form of censorship in Zimbabwe

By Mako Muzenda
Photo: Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Great Wall of Kenya: ‘A weird solution to a much bigger problem’

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: French President Francois Hollande arrives to visit the Leon Bernard pediatric cancer centre in Lyon, France, 23 March 2016. EPA/OLIVIER ANRIGO

ISS Today: Hollande’s swansong in Africa

Photo: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma smiles as he is welcomed by Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir (R) upon his arrival at Khartoum airport January 31, 2015.  REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Report: Human Rights Watch slams South Africa’s human rights record

By Simon Allison
Photo: Christopher Katongo of Zambia poses with the 2012 AFCON trophy during the Africa Cup of Nations Final between Zambia and Ivory Coast in Libreville, Gabon, 12 February 2012. EPA/STR 

Africa Cup of Nations 2017: An Afcon preview for dummies

By Antoinette Muller
Main photo: Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara attends a welcome ceremony for the 2016 Olympic athletes, at the Presidential Palace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 05 September 2016. EPA/LEGNAN KOULA

Côte d’Ivoire: Catching up from Conflict

By Greg Mills
Main Photo: Ivory jewellery for sale in Laos, which is part of a high wildlife trafficking area of Asian known as the Golden Triangle. (Adam Cruise)

Wildlife Trafficking: The Sordid Connection

By Adam Cruise
Photo: Abuja Airport (Wikipedia)

Under African Skies: Abuja’s airport fiasco

By Simon Allison

ICG: South Sudan – Rearranging the Chessboard

By International Crisis Group
Photo: Food distribution in Somalia. (UN Photo)

Militants Rising: Islamic State’s East African Ambitions

By Gabrielle Reid
Photo: A file photograph showing Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, arriving at the SADC (Southern Africa Development Community) extraordinary summit held at Maputo, Mozambique, 08 February 2013. EPA/ANTONIO SILVA

ISS Today: Buying time in the DRC?

Photo: Namibian Genocide (Ullstein Bild)

Analysis: Can Germany be made to pay up for Namibian genocide?

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Then Egyptian Minister of Defence Abdelfattah Said EL-Sisi is seen during a press conference for former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the then Greek President Karolos Papoulias at the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, 18 October 2012. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

ISS Today: Short on money and friends, Egypt discovers its African roots

Photo: People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola and Labour Party (MPLA) presidential candidate, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, and his daughter Isabel dos Santos (R) during the inauguration of the new Marginal of the Luanda Bay in Luanda, Angola, 28 August 2012. EPA/PAULO NOVAIS

Africa in 2017: The stories we’re watching

By Simon Allison
Photo: Ambassador of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic, Brahim Ghali speaks during a press conference in Algiers, Algeria on 27 October 2009. Ghali has demanded the release of Sahrawi political detainees incarcerated in Morocco. EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA

Op-Ed: Independence of Western Sahara is an inalienable right

By Maite Nkoana-Mashabane