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In the Tracks of Boko Haram in Cameroon
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Politics and Society In the Tracks of Boko Haram in Cameroon

Two years ago, the Cameroonian government declared war on Boko Haram. Despite some progress, the group’s violent impact is still seen and felt deeply in the remote north of the country. In March 2016, International Crisis Group Analyst Hans De Marie Heungoup travelled for four weeks into Cameroon’s Far North Region. This is the story of his journey.

Transgender pregnancy and the contestation of gender identity and norms
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Politics and Society Transgender pregnancy and the contestation of gender identity and norms

Evan Hempel was born a female. 16 years ago, the 35 year-old came out as transgender, and since 2003, he has been taking hormones to physically become male. After a failed pregnancy, the 35-year-old finally gave birth to a son in April. Pregnancies like Evan’s surely stretch our cultural perceptions of gender norms. While Americans are starting to open up to the idea that you may be born into a female body, but believe that you are really a man, or vice-versa, it appears such an idea is making some African uncomfortable.

Missing Burundian journalist Jean Bigirimana remembered as a “calm, wise man”
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Politics and Society Missing Burundian journalist Jean Bigirimana remembered as a “calm, wise man”

In a perfect world, some days wouldn’t exist. But our world is far from perfect. On August 30th, the world marked the International Day of the Disappeared. It is the day set aside to draw the world’s attention to the fates of the millions around the world who are missing or are being unjustly held in places unknown to their loved ones. Burundian journalist Jean Bigirimana, who disappeared in late July, is believed to have met such a fate. In this piece, fellow Burundian journalist Armel-Gilbert Bukeyeneza, gives a personal account of how he came to meet this “calm, wise man” and why he’s hoping against all hope that Jean is alive

South Africa: HIV positive people to receive free treatment regardless of their CD4 count
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Politics and Society South Africa: HIV positive people to receive free treatment regardless of their CD4 count

South Africa has started implementing a major national HIV test and treat programme, a landmark development in combating HIV/Aids. Every HIV positive person will be put on treatment regardless of their CD4 count. Prior to this programme, only HIV positive people with a CD4 cell count below 500 were put on treatment.

South Africa: Education authorities to launch an inquiry into racial discrimination at Pretoria Girls High
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Politics and Society South Africa: Education authorities to launch an inquiry into racial discrimination at Pretoria Girls High

Gauteng provincial education authorities in South Africa have ruled that a clause dealing with hairstyles should be temporarily suspended at Pretoria Girls High pending a review of the school’s Code of Conduct. The ruling follows protests by learners against racist rules, which inhibit black pupils from having hairstyles such as afros, bantu knots, dreadlocks and braids.

The unexpected virtues of flirting with dictatorship: Why Kenya’s ruling coalition is getting cosy with the Communist Party of China
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Politics and Society The unexpected virtues of flirting with dictatorship: Why Kenya’s ruling coalition is getting cosy with the Communist Party of China

Turns out Kenya’s ruling coalition is not completely sold on democracy. The Jubilee coalition, which is aiming to turn itself into a political party in September, has started a tawdry romance with the Communist Party of China (CPC). Many Kenyans are worried that Jubilee sees an “ideological ally” in China’s all-powerful, unelected, inscrutable party machine that is basically living every dictator’s wet dream. But there’s perhaps a simpler explanation for the new courtship. Jubilee just wants “Uncle Sugar” to pump in more cash. New roads and railways don’t just build themselves you know