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South Africa: Meet the queer vloggers taking back the narrative

3 days 12 hours ago

Faced with misrepresentation in the mainstream media, queer influencers are telling their own stories and creating communities on YouTube. Speaking directly into the camera from his room, Lelo Macheke begins his incisive and often humorous analysis of queer representation with the words: “South African mass media has an irresponsibly poor relationship with queer folk”. In his 15-minute YouTube video entitled “Boyz II Galz”,  he goes on to interrogate the ways in which queer people are misrepresented, excluded or treated as a monolith. “South African mass media in the department of representation has truly proven itself as incompetent and incapable of […]

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Grant Andrews

Africa Elections 2021: All the upcoming votes

3 days 13 hours ago

A regularly updated list of the upcoming elections in Africa in 2021.  Last updated: 4 March 2021 How to use the map This Africa elections map shows you all the upcoming votes. Move around and click to find out more. The colour tells you approximately when the election is: Red – This month Orange – Next month Yellow – In two months Green – Beyond that The icon tells you who is up for election: Upcoming Africa elections: A list Here are the upcoming elections in list form. The exact dates are liable to change. March 2021 6: Côte d’Ivoire – Parliament 21: […]

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Africa Insiders

Why Nigeria’s crypto crackdown is misguided

4 days 12 hours ago

Cryptocurrency doesn’t have to be a problem. Neither does the Central Bank. Catching many people by surprise on 5 February, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) issued a ruling instructing banks and financial institutions to close accounts involved in cryptocurrency exchanges. This sparked a controversy that, at first, centred on the veracity of the statement. Some commentators suggested it was fake, pointing to its suddenness and the misspelling of the word “public” for “pubic”. Once its authenticity was confirmed, it kicked off an even larger storm of anger and confusion as people debated what the ruling would mean. Cryptocurrency is […]

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Abubakar Popoola

How Uganda’s election re-exposed regional faultlines

5 days 10 hours ago

Ethnicity isn’t meant to be a big part of politics, yet both the president and his rival accuse the other of tribalism and see themselves as its antidote. On the evening of 16 January, a few hours after being declared the winner of Uganda’s presidential election, Yoweri Museveni addressed the nation. Many analysts had framed the poll as a generational struggle between the 76-year-old strongman and his 38-year-old rival, popstar-turned-politician Bobi Wine, who galvanised young people with his promise of a “new Uganda”. But Museveni was having none of it. “Shallow! Shallow! Shallow!” he harrumphed from his cattle ranch in Rwakitura. […]

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Liam Taylor & Haggai Matsiko

Podcast: On vaccine hesitancy across the continent

1 week 2 days ago

Welcome to the latest episode of the Africa Science Focus podcast distributed in partnership with African Arguments. Africa Science Focus is a weekly podcast series by SciDevNet and is a platform for reporters in Sub-Saharan Africa’s least developed countries to report on the science that’s having an impact on their communities. This episode looks at vaccine hesitancy as a global health threat, and what health teams in Sub-Saharan Africa are doing to boost COVID-19 vaccine confidence. Reporter Brook Audu and scientists from the World Health Organization, African Academy of Sciences and the University of  Witwatersrand break down vaccine science, establish […]

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SciDevNet

How COVID-19 became a non-issue in Tanzania’s elections

1 week 3 days ago

The pandemic neither affected the running of the October 2020 elections nor was it an issue on the campaign trail. Why? When Tanzania discovered its first case of COVID-19 in mid-March 2020, it prompted plenty of speculation about how the pandemic would affect the elections scheduled for 28 October later that year. As we have seen around the world, COVID-19 can have significant impacts on elections. Some countries have cancelled or postponed their polls, while others have contended with additional organisational challenges and barriers to participation. In some elections, the handling of the pandemic has become a key political issue. […]

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Robert Macdonald

Podcast: Beyond strongly-worded statements

1 week 3 days ago

Welcome to the latest episode of the Into Africa podcast created in partnership with African Arguments. Into Africa is a fortnightly podcast series by the Center for Strategic & International Studies. Every third episode is put together in collaboration with African Arguments. How do we go beyond rhetoric that rarely translates into concrete and strategic action? In our 10th episode in partnership with African Arguments, Judd Devermont is joined by Deborah Malac (former US Ambassador to Uganda), Maria Burnett (CSIS), and Michael Mutyaba (African Arguments contributor) to discuss recommendations for foreign partners and donors in holding autocratic regimes accountable –beyond strongly-worded statements. Guests also delve into […]

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Into Africa

The seven African governments using Israeli cyberespionage tools

1 week 5 days ago

A recent report detected several government agencies using Circles’ platforms to snoop on texts, calls and locate private individuals. As internet penetration and smartphone usage increases across Africa, digital spaces have become increasingly important in organising opposition movements. In response, several governments have at times shut down the internet or blocked social media apps. More recently, however, some regimes have turned to digital surveillance technology for more subtle ways to crush resistance. In a recent report titled Running in Circles, the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab – which investigates digital espionage against civil society – details how 25 governments around […]

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Suraya Dadoo

Russia in the Central African Republic: New allies, same challenges

1 week 5 days ago

Russia recently sent an additional 300 military advisors to support President Touadéra as part of a deepening relationship. What’s in it for each side? It was hoped that elections in the Central African Republic (CAR) would consolidate the country’s democracy. Instead, the 27 December 2020 vote led to a return of open conflict. Since the poll, in which President Faustin-Archange Touadéra officially secured a second term with 53%, fighting has forced over 107,000 people to flee to neighbouring countries and led to an estimated 100,000 internally displaced people. President Touadéra has attempted to initiate peace efforts and called for national […]

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Tigranna Zakaryan

What’s behind the protests and unrest in Somalia?

1 week 6 days ago

Somali troops have clashed with opposition supporters in Mogadishu amid growing anger over delayed elections. A week ago an alliance of Somali opposition leaders called for anti-government protests. The coalition includes former Somali presidents and ministers, many with diverging interests and agendas. The government banned the planned protest citing a recent COVID-19 surge as a reason. But it was later allowed, provided that the protests were peaceful and participants adhered to the country’s public health and social measures. But the day before the planned protests things took a downward turn. Somalia’s constitution guarantees the right to peaceful demonstrations. At the […]

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Mohammed Ibrahim Shire

Finally, Shell can no longer shirk responsibility for Niger Delta oil spills

2 weeks 3 days ago

Two landmark rulings are a testament to decades of tireless campaigning by people in the Niger Delta and environmental activists. Like many who have witnessed the environmental impact of multinational oil companies in the Niger Delta, we welcomed two recent ground-breaking rulings in the UK Supreme Court and the Dutch appeals court. Both cases signal a shift in the onus of responsibility. It now lies firmly at the feet of multinationals who have prospered, profited, and polluted in the Niger Delta. In the case heard in the Netherlands in January, the appeals court ruled that Royal Dutch Shell was responsible […]

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Kathryn Nwajiaku-Dahou & Engobo Emeseh

DRC: New prime minister, new era?

2 weeks 4 days ago

Tshisekedi has outmanoeuvred his predecessor and has now appointed a PM. But is a victory for the president one for the Congolese people? On 15 February, President Felix Tshisekedi appointed Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde Kyenge as the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) new prime minister. A 43-year-old politician and former director of the state-owned mining company Gémacines, Sama Lukonde’s promised in his first statement to prioritise security in the eastern Congo and his home province of Katanga. Tshisekedi’s appointment came faster than most expected. It was only at the end of January 2021 that the previous government had collapsed, following a […]

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