El Niño has hit Africa particularly hard this year. The unpredictable weather cycle has been more intense than past iterations, and is being blamed for everything, from drought in southern Africa to excessive typhoons in Madagascar.
When it comes to the fight against Boko Haram, Nigeria’s new president Muhammadu Buhari has been busy. He has finally got the Multinational Joint Task Force up and running, which combines troops from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria into one regional force: a necessary weapon against what has always been a regional rather than national problem
President Silanyo was right. Somaliland is not a dictatorship, and enjoys a level of press freedom better than elsewhere in the region. There’s no doubt, however, that there is room for improvement – not just in how the government treats journalists, but also in how journalists do their jobs
In case you missed, Lesotho held a general election over the weekend and TIA looks back at some of the concerns facing the nation leading up to February 28
With 400 military vehicles already rolling, it’s worth considering what kind of impact Chad’s intervention is likely to make in the fight against Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria. Fortunately, we have two very recent examples of how Chadian soldiers operate as peacekeepers; unfortunately, they tell two very different stories
Investigating crimes against humanity is a notoriously complex, slow and expensive business.
Zimbabwe meets both these criteria. Basic human rights have been something of a luxury there in recent years, and particularly in 2007 – the year in which the crimes against humanity that SAPS must now investigate were allegedly committed.
The African Union gets a lot of flak. It’s often depicted as ineffectual, criticised for failing to represent the needs of African’s 1.1 billion citizens and dismissed as a talk shop. But this doesn’t tell the whole story. Let’s give credit where credit’s due.