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The East African Community as the Potential EU of Africa

In a recent opinion piece for the Pambazuka News that was picked up by allafrica.com  Dr. Odomaro Mubangizi writes about the future prospects of the East African Community, which consists currently of  Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rawanda, as they were coming … Continue reading

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Sudan’s Regional Exclusion: An institutional Problem in Darfur causes Violence

The displacement of 50,000 people in Sudan’s Darfur region since February has left the international community concerned about a resurgence in violence between the government and rebel forces. Since the rebels have taken up arms in 2003, an estimated 2 … Continue reading

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Colonial Guilt?

The last French colony in Africa to achieve Independence was the former French Somaliland, now known as Djibouti, in 1977. Post-colonial French/African relations had begun to normalize after the end of Françafrique Policy in the 1990s. However, in the last few … Continue reading

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From “Bridging the Digital Divide” to Opening a Digital Dumping Ground: Can Democracy Rise from the Rubble?

Electronic waste—defined by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as “various forms of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) that are old, end-of-life (EOL) appliances which have ceased to be of any value to their owners”— is likely to grow in … Continue reading

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Freedom House Report Highlights Growing Concerns for Freedom of Expression and Association in Africa

With the recent release of its Freedom in the World 2014 report, global human rights NGO Freedom House paints an underwhelming picture for freedom and civil liberties across the world, and a blurry one in Africa. For the eighth consecutive year, the … Continue reading

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This isn’t about us.

When we look at the most recent Freedomhouse.org map of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Southern tip of Africa stands out as consolidated bastion of “Free” states on a continent that is almost entirely dominated by Partly Free and Not Free states. In … Continue reading

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U.S. Counterterrorism Strategies in Africa

Eric Schmitt wrote an article for the New York Times last week that was entitled, ” U.S. Takes Training Role in Africa as Threats Grow and Budgets Shrink”. In it he describes the military strategy that the U.S. is using … Continue reading

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