There are reported irregularities, but President Paul Biya will win reelection, says Landry Signé.
The middle class has political grievances while the poor have material grievances; sometimes they make a coalition.
A new book on Africa and global health governance demonstrates the agency of aid-dependent countries.
A new book makes us reexamine what we know about citizenship and belonging more broadly.
A study of rebel organizations in the Horn of Africa finds territorial wins and losses can cause rebellions to fragment.
See things from the perspective of ordinary people fighting extremism.
In teaching us about soldier mutinies, this new book also tells a bigger story about justice and honor.
How? By asking the women protestors and activists who participated in the uprising.
Get this year’s African politics summer reading list, and read along!
Late Tuesday night, Zambian president Michael Sata died while in London, where he was seeking medical care after months of reports of poor health. Sata is the second Zambian president to die while in office; Levy Mwanawasa suffered a stroke in June 2008 that led to his eventual death on Aug. 19, 2008.
Tomorrow the World Health Organization will convene a phone meeting of experts from around the world to discuss the ethical issues of providing experimental treatment to people suffering from Ebola, a highly fatal disease that is spreading in four West African countries. The WHO phone meeting follows the administration of ZMapp — an experimental serum to fight Ebola — to two American missionaries infected with Ebola in Liberia. Both missionaries are now being treated in the United States, and their health appears to be improving.
Discussions will center on how to encourage progress in key areas that Africans define as critical for the future of the continent: expanding trade and investment ties, engaging young African leaders, promoting inclusive sustainable development, expanding cooperation on peace and security, and gaining a better future for Africa’s next generation.
The worst-ever Ebola epidemic continues to unfold in West Africa, with no sign that it will be under control anytime soon. As of Saturday, there have been 397 deaths among the 706 confirmed cases (a 56 percent fatality rate) since reports of Ebola cases in West Africa began to emerge in March. The first cases of the epidemic were reported in Guinea, but additional cases were later reported in neighboring Liberia and then Sierra Leone. All three countries have poor health infrastructure and are struggling alongside international actors to stop Ebola’s spread.
Lesotho Parliament. (OER Africa, shared with Creative Commons License)
Late last week there were media reports that Lesotho’s coalition government was under threat. These were generated by followed a statement released by the South African government’s international relations office on Thursday that read, in part:
On April 13, Bissau Guineans went to the polls to elect a new president and 102 members of its parliament, the Assembleia Nacional Popular.
Where is Guinea-Bissau? What should I know about it?
Guinea-Bissau is a small country in West Africa and a former Portuguese colony. If you’ve never heard of it, Africa is a Country posted an apt 10-point “what you should know” list about it shortly after Guinea-Bissau’s military coup in 2012. If you really want to get down o the nitty-gritty of the political history, Marina Padrão Temudo’s African Studies Review paper from 2009 is a good starting point.
Two years ago Mali’s government fell in a coup. There was violence, particularly in the north. Western media devoted substantial attention to Mali during this period, and Mali even managed a mention by Mitt Romney during a 2012 presidential debate. But Mali isn’t in the news much these days. What happened in Mali, and how are things today?