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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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Credit: UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti.

Mr X in the Congo: How one man fooled the UN, with disastrous consequences

When a man turned up claiming to be an ADF defector, MONUSCO thought it had achieved a major intelligence coup and acted accordingly. But Mr X was not who he said he was. As the sun set on 11 August, 2014, a middle-aged man knocked on the big blue gate of ...

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Crowds turn out to see veteran politican and opposition leader Étienne Tshisekedi in 2011. Credit: VoteTshisekedi.

DR Congo: Can anyone stop Joseph Kabila?

While the opposition tries to unite, the presidency seems to be working out various possible scenarios for staying in power.  For nearly a decade, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been an electoral democracy, a fragile and dysfunctional one, but an electoral democracy nonetheless. However, in the eyes of many Congolese, this ...

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni.

Netanyahu's East Africa tour and Israel's secret aid-for-asylum-seekers scheme

Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers in Israel face an impossible choice: stay and risk detention or leave "voluntarily" for Rwanda or Uganda. Earlier this month, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concluded a visit to East Africa, the first of his premiership. On the trip, he visited Ethiopia from which many Jews ...

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Police on patrol in Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: Xiaojun Deng.

Decolonise da police: How brutality was written into the DNA of Kenya's police service

The problem isn't rogue elements. It's that the Administration Police division was created under colonialism with the specific purpose of beating Africans into submission. “Severe blunt force trauma to the head, neck and chest. Strangulation. Crushed genitals.” These were a few of the injuries sustained by attorney Willie Kimani, his client Josphat Mwendwa, and ...

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Afroargentines playing candombe porteño near of a bonfire of Saint John in 1938.

The erased protagonists: Afroargentines and the whitewashing of history

The received wisdom about Argentina's African ancestry is full of spurious myths – the first being the notion that there is no such thing.  When we think of Afroamerica, a hemisphere transformed by the forced population transfer of millions of West African slaves, rarely does Argentina spring to mind. The country is widely perceived to ...

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