THINK AGAIN: As Mugabe fights for his political future, why is China so silent?
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Politics and Society THINK AGAIN: As Mugabe fights for his political future, why is China so silent?

As Zimbabwe teeters on the brink of economic and political crisis, there’s one voice that has been conspicuously silent: China. Despite the mutual professions of admiration and everlasting friendship, it seems that President Robert Mugabe has been abandoned by his Chinese counterpart in his hour of need. It wasn’t meant to be this way, writes Simon Allison.

New AU chair has friends in high places
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Politics and Society New AU chair has friends in high places

There was a palpable sense of relief at the African Union (AU) as Robert Mugabe’s term as chairperson of the continental body came to an end. It’s not that Mugabe is unpopular – anyone who has witnessed the raucous reception his speeches receive in Addis Ababa will know the opposite is true. His notoriety, however, can make life difficult for the AU officials who have to work with Western countries, who provide more than half of AU funding, to actually get things done.

Civil society in Kenya is down, but not out
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Politics and Society Civil society in Kenya is down, but not out

Kenyan non-governmental organisations (NGOs) head into 2016 facing a deeply uncertain future as their government intensifies its effort to crack down on an independent civil society. Between administrative harassment, legislative hurdles and a public campaign to tarnish their reputation, many NGOs are finding it harder and harder to perform their core function of holding the government to account.