May 23, 2017

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Famines in the 21st Century? It’s Not for Lack of Food

A woman holding her young malnourished baby queues for food at the Badbado camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IPDs).   (UN Photo/Stuart Price, CC License)

Famines result from cumulative processes we can observe and predict. That means we can prevent them through timely public action. Read More »

South Sudan’s Peace Needs More than Tents and Generators

SPLM/A-In Opposition at the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Workshop in Addis Ababa on 17 September 2015. (Photo via CRISIS GROUP)

As temperatures continue to rise in Juba, so do tensions. Many Western donors feel the government is holding them and the peace deal hostage in the hope of getting cash for implementation. Read More »

2015: Africa for Pessimists

On March 22, 2014, 300 heavily armed RSF fighters attacked this camp for internally displaced persons in Khor Abeche, South Darfur. The assailants set fire to dozens of shelters, stole livestock, and were implicated in acts of sexual and gender-based violence. (Photo by African Union- United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)/MUBARAK BAKO, Creative Commons License)

Despite all the progress – and there is a lot of that – there are still plenty of bad African news stories. Simon Allison looks at what has gone wrong in 2015. Read More »

Africa in 2014: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

UNICEF and AJCOM team on the ground sensitizing people in Conakry (Guinea) about Ebola. Teaching children handwashing and its importance. (Photo by UNICEF Guinea, Creative Commons License)

For some parts of Africa 2014 has been a bad year. Wars in South Sudan and the Central African Republic continued, and Libya all but imploded. But the year was also good for ruling parties and former liberation movements in Southern Africa. From Namibia to Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique, those in power stayed in power. Read More »

Corruption Killing Africa’s Rhinos and Elephants

Elephants at Lion Sands Private Game Reserve, Kruger, South Africa. (Photo by Roger Smith, Creative Commons License)

The poaching and trafficking of wildlife has reached pandemic levels throughout Africa, threatening a growing number of species with outright extinction in our lifetime. Read More »

Sudan’s Sinking Oil Revenues and Middle Class

Sunset on the Nile in Khartoum. (Photo by Dan Mason, Creative Commons License)

The prosperity of Sudan’s boom years ended when South Sudan seceded in 2011 and delivered a serious blow to its economy. The end of the oil years has reversed the great expansion of the middle class. Presidential and legislative elections are scheduled for 2015. Whether the hitherto quiescent Khartoum bourgeoisie will make apparent its dissatisfaction at its bowed circumstances is one of Sudan’s pressing political questions. Read More »

US, China and a New Cold War in Africa?

(Photo by US Army Africa, Creative Commons License)

Is the conflict in South Sudan the opening salvo in the battle for a continent? There are plenty of opportunities for both the United States and China in Africa and in South Sudan. But a rivalry between the two powers can only bring trouble. Read More »