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African Arguments is a series of short books about Africa today. Aimed at the growing number of students and general readers who want to know more about the continent.

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Fed up, unafraid, and just getting started: What Zimbabwe’s #ThisFlag must do now

Through social media, Zimbabweans in the country and diaspora have been organising, debating and planning with great effect. But the movement must now evolve if it is to continue to grow. When the Zimbabwean government arrested Pastor Evan Mawarire earlier this month, it came as no surprise. Legal harassment has become a ...

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Jean-Pierre Bemba was sentenced to 18 years by the ICC.

Congo: Jean-Pierre Bemba has served his time. Now let him serve his people

Bemba was in jail for the 8 years during his trial at the ICC. He should be sentenced to time already served so he can return to the DRC where his leadership is needed, argues Hank Cohen. Jean-Pierre Bemba was vice-president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from 2003 ...

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The leak of the Panama Papers revealed how billions of dollars are kept in secret accounts. Credit: dronepicr.

AAP#12: Africa and the Panama Papers, with Nicholas Shaxson

The Panama Papers have laid bare the extend of illicit financial flows and the impact of tax havens and secrecy jurisdictions on the world. But how are these revelations connected to the African continent? Host Desné Masie discusses with Nicholas Shaxson, author of Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men ...

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Karim Wade greets supporters. Credit: Serigne Diagne.

Senegal: Why did President Sall pardon a rival convicted of embezzling over $200 million?

Karim Wade (aka "The Minister of Earth and Skies" and "Mr 15%") is the influential son of the former president and could run against Macky Sall in 2019. At the end of last month, Karim Wade, a divisive figure in Senegal who was in prison on charges of high-level corruption, was granted ...

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Zimbabwe: How long can Mugabe survive without the war veterans?

The war veterans and Emmerson Mnangagwa have been key pillars underpinning Mugabe's 36-year-long rule. Without them, it could quickly disintegrate beyond repair. Last week, Zimbabwe’s war veterans’ association broke its silence as the group released a statement accusing President Robert Mugabe of “dictatorial tendencies” and “bankrupt leadership”. For decades, the war veterans have ...

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