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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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African Arguments Online is a multi-blogging site that covers unfolding, contemporary African events, and develops debates on issues of central importance to an ever-changing continent. Learn more about our process and how you can get involved

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Violence, photography and the iconography of South Sudan’s cattle camps – By Carol Berger

Violence, photography and the iconography of South Sudan’s cattle camps – By Carol Berger

Some years ago a curator at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford asked me to look at a photograph taken in South Sudan in the early 1950s. Several South Sudanese men were shown standing on an open plain. They were wearing little in the way of clothing. But on the ...

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Somalia food shortages worsened by NGO policy and anti-terrorism laws – By Mohamed Mubarak

Somalia food shortages worsened by NGO policy and anti-terrorism laws - By Mohamed Mubarak

As the UN warns of an impending famine in Somalia, it is important to look at the track record of aid organisations in responding to emergencies in the country. This will help explain what should be done to aid local communities in becoming better prepared. How we got here The work of ...

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Zambia: Sata sickness opens up can of worms for Patriotic Front – By Arthur Simuchoba

Zambia: Sata sickness opens up can of worms for Patriotic Front – By Arthur Simuchoba

The health of the 77-year old Zambian President Michael Sata currently ranks among the most sensitive of issues in the country and has come to be discussed only in hushed tones. His most recent public appearance and pictures released by his office, intended to stem increasing speculation, show him to ...

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Darfur displaced forced to choose between a rock and a hard place – By Lucy Hovil

Darfur displaced forced to choose between a rock and a hard place – By Lucy Hovil

Over the past few years, the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region has faded from the headlines. While levels of violence decreased following a peak in 2004-5, violence is again on the increase and the war is far from over. In 2014, the Rapid Support Force, former Janjaweed fighters re-branded as ...

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Zimbabwe: one year on ZANU-PF consolidates power, but economy remains in dire straits

Zimbabwe: one year on ZANU-PF consolidates power, but economy remains in dire straits

One year on from Zimbabwe’s heavily disputed 2013 elections, we asked Simukai Tinhu, a Zimbabwean political analyst (and regular AA contributor) and Nicole Beardsworth, a PhD student at Warwick University, to comment on how they think President Robert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party have performed in the past year. Simukai Tinhu: ...

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