Climate change exacerbates the chronic challenges of food insecurity, poverty and conflict, Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi argue. What is required is an integrated approach that views climate change and socio-economic development as mutually dependent.
The African conspiracy theorist infuriates. He/she believes the West is out to “get” us. Everything, from AIDS, GMO food, vaccination to the ICC is a part of a Western plot to weaken and enslave Africans. Never mind that these conspiracies cost lives. Failure to vaccinate because it is a “racist population control” scheme sentences children and mothers to a needless death as does not allowing the ICC to rein in bloodthirsty despots like Omar al-Bashir. But maybe it’s not the fault of African conspiracy theorists that they hold these dangerous beliefs. Turns out the instincts that make us believe in baseless theories are the same ones that kept our great ancestors alive in the predator-teeming plains of the African Savanna thousands of years ago
President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to vacate office has sparked protest in the DRC, especially by the youth, which was brutally repressed. Kambale Musavuli analyses the state of the Congolese nation in the run-up to what should be an election – and highlights the role of an American firm in the maintenance of a repressive regime.
South Africa has a complex and diverse history regarding LGBT+ rights. Their legal and social status has been influenced by a combination of traditional South African culture, colonialism and the lingering effects of apartheid. South Africa’s post-apartheid constitution was the first in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. Writer Kgabo Chuene interrogates how far we have really come.