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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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Who cares about the ICC's trial of LRA fighter Dominic Ongwen?

Thousands were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced in the conflict with the Lord's Resistance Army. So why aren't more Ugandans following the first public trial on the matter? Given that it is the first public trial for crimes committed in the two-decade war between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and ...

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The plight of Nigeria’s living dead

Hundreds of Nigerians are enduring daily torture on death row as they await execution for crimes ranging from kidnapping to blasphemy. Nigeria has no qualms about sentencing thousands of its citizens to death. A 1998 Supreme Court decision ruled that “the sentence of death in itself cannot be degrading and inhuman”, and ...

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Gambia First

On the promises and dangers of the New Gambia's new and improved relationships with donors.  Yesterday, UK foreign minister Boris Johnson visited The Gambia, marking another example of the country’s improved relationships with international partners under the new administration of President Adama Barrow. Johnson’s visit follows that of EU commissioner Neven Mimica ...

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How Zambia's once insuperable MMD returned to power by disappearing

Despite dominating Zambian politics for 20 years, the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy was all but wiped out in last year's legislative elections. But it's former leaders were not.  In Zambia’s hotly contested elections in August 2016, one might be forgiven for thinking there were only two political parties vying for power. After all, the ...

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Somalia's ninth president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo.

The Big Cheese: Why President Farmaajo holds so much hope for Somalia

Why is there so much excitement around the former prime minister's surprise appointment as Somalia's new president? On 8 February, the protracted Somalia elections finally came to an end to widespread celebrations and surprise as Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo was appointed as the new president. The former prime minister was one of 21 ...

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