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Us and Them — Racism at Ukraine’s border and Western media othering Africans: Symptoms of an enduring problem
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Politics and Society Us and Them — Racism at Ukraine’s border and Western media othering Africans: Symptoms of an enduring problem

A crisis brings out the best and the worst in people, as a Zimbabwean student fleeing Ukraine puts it. Eyewitness accounts about Africans singled out, denied passage and even beaten by border authorities show humanity at its basest. How did we get here and how do we proceed?

Zimbabwe Elections: Concerns over vote rigging and violence as Zanu-PF plays up chilling effect
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Politics and Society Zimbabwe Elections: Concerns over vote rigging and violence as Zanu-PF plays up chilling effect

As Zimbabwe’s election season heats up, President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ruling Zanu-PF is playing up the chilling effect through violence, public incitement of followers, weaponisation of Covid-19 measures and disruption of opposition candidates’ rallies. Under the Mnangagwa administration, Zanu-PF has continued using its control of a precarious economy to endanger, patronise and intimidate citizens.

Going nowhere
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Politics and Society Going nowhere

Outgoing Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta turns 61 in October. In Africa, 60 years of age, in presidential terms, is considered to be a toddler – in a continent where presidents have been known to collapse in office. As competition intensifies ahead of Kenya’s next watershed elections on August 9th, Kenyans continue to speculate on Pres Kenyatta’s election gambit and political future.