African Arguments Books

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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AAP#10: Africa's Boom and Bust

Mansour Sy and Lorenzo Fioramonti join us to share some very different but equally thought-provoking visions on how Africa should approach falling commodities prices, a trend that has thrown many African economies into disarray. Download: MP3 Subscribe: RSS | iTunes | Soundcloud | Stitcher Follow us and our guests: Desné Masie (co-host): Twitter Peter Dörrie ...

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The Central African Republic's Presidential Run-Off: Mr Clean vs. The Prof

The CAR's run-off will determine much more than just who gets the keys to the presidential office. The Central Africa Republic’s (CAR) presidential run-off, scheduled to be held on 14 February, looks set to be the country’s most tightly-contested election to date. After no single candidate emerged with a majority ...

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Why Africa's biggest adopter of GM crops changed its mind

Bt cotton reportedly increased production as intended. So why is Burkina Faso phasing it out? The thorny topic of genetically modified (GM) crops was recently thrust into the global spotlight again. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Bill Gates said that GM crops are a necessary tool to fight ...

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South Sudan: The price of war, the price of peace - a graphic story

In December 2013, South Sudan erupted into civil war as President Salva Kiir's army battled rebel forces led by former Vice-President Riek Machar. Tens of thousands were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced. The cartoon below tells the story of the conflict and the dynamics of the political marketplace that ...

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“Let us be heard”: Burundi’s refugees tell stories of ethnic targeting

Burundi’s crisis began as a political dispute, but testimony from refugees suggests that some parties to the conflict may be exploiting Hutu-Tutsi divides. Near the small town of Gashora in Rwanda, about 20km north of the border with Burundi, hundreds of children and their mothers sit outside tents (or “hangers”) branded ...

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