When people think of genocide in Africa they tend to think of Rwanda. But Burundi has had similar troubles, the worst of which occurred in 1972, when up to 300,000 Hutus were massacred in six weeks. The process of reconciliation is not without challenges.
President Robert Mugabe has served as the head of Zimbabwe’s government for 34 years. But even his biggest fans know it is almost impossible that he continues until the end of his current presidential term. Who will succeed him? Two factions have emerged.
Leaders like British Prime Minister David Cameron have said that aid sceptics are wrong. Aid is essential. Conditions on the African continent demonstrate that perhaps aid in its current form is wrong. In fact, aid blinds us to the fleecing of the continent.
For some time now, Zambians have been asking themselves what is the state of health of their head of state.
With geopolitics playing in, travellers from some countries get more travel freedom than others, a new ranking shows.
As part of its 50th Anniversary Declaration in May 2013, the African Union (AU) set itself the goal of ending all wars in Africa by 2020. But silencing all guns may not be a realistic target, and investing in good governance and a better understanding of the dynamics behind conflict may be more effective in boosting economic and human development.
The battle lines were once clear: European Have-Everything on one side and African Have-Nothing on the other. Now, in an economic system that depends on over-exploitation of the African Have-Nots, skin colour does not matter. And the middle class is unconscious.
As expected on 7 May, the ANC – as the only viable party to run the country – was handed another five years in government by the electorate. But its grip on the public imagination has slipped. The question now: will President Zuma see out his second term?
In political, academic and other analyses of Africa, the North is often either removed from the continent or treated as fundamentally different from “black” aka “real” Africa. The separation is not only false, but also damaging to African identity and unity.