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The man in the mirror – Thabo Mbeki’s legacy

Thabo Mbeki is no hero. Neither is he the worst leader to emerge from the ranks of the African National Congress. A son of the liberation movement to a fault; an idealist who is romantic about Africa, and a vessel of complexity – now, that he is. Mbeki turned 75 on Sunday. As birthday wishes continue pouring in for the statesman, we reflect on his leadership. Will he cringe as he recalls some of his missteps or remain grandiose about his unfinished African Renaissance chapter?

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THINK AGAIN: Why the UN’s failure in Juba will affect aid workers everywhere

On 11 July at around 3pm – just as a new bout of fighting in Juba was beginning to die down – dozens of government soldiers stormed into the Terrain Hotel. The hotel is popular with expatriates and international aid workers. Over the course of the next four hours, occupants of the hotel were gang-raped, robbed and assaulted, with American citizens especially targeted. Why did the peacekeepers choose not to intervene?

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Kerma: 7 Cool Facts

Did you know: Kerma (also known as Dukki Gel) was the capital city of the Kingdom of Kerma which existed 5,500 years ago and was located in present day Sudan. Producing decades of research and excavations, Kerma is one of the largest archaeological sites in ancient Nubia. Here are 7 cool facts on Kerma from Professor Charles Bonnet.

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This Is My Africa campaign: We asked and you responded with wonderful submissions

Thanks Africa! We have had a lot of positive feedback from you about our new “This Is My Africa” campaign which aims to promote positive images about our continent. We asked you to show us your Africa and you did. We will be publishing an article with your submissions every week so Keep them coming! Here are a few of the great submissions we have received already.

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Reactions: Stop bashing Gaddafi, he was a great leader and an African hero

Muammar Gaddafi, the slain Libyan leader, still has a big fun club in Africa. This Is Africa has been inundated with angry reactions ever since we published a piece earlier this week titled “The truth about Gaddafi: He was no friend of Africans. He only wanted to rule them” and a subsequent opinion piece titled “Take it from a Libyan, Gaddafi was terrible”. A lot of readers have not been happy with the articles. They feel with are besmirching the reputation of a “great African leader” and “hero”. Here are some of their reactions.

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Why do African leaders cling onto power instead of handing power?

The President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir has revealed that he will step down in 2020, after his term expires. If al-Bashir quits in 2020, he would have been in power for 31 years. There have only been a few leaders who have voluntarily ceded power or resisted the temptation to change the constitution to allow them to contest again, prompting the question, why do African leaders cling onto power instead of handing power?