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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African Arguments Online

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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Africa’s New Oil: power, pipelines and future fortunes – By Celeste Hicks. Profiled by Magnus Taylor

Celeste Hicks is the former BBC correspondent in Chad and Mali and an editor on BBC Africa service news programmes. Her new book, Africa’s New Oil: power, pipelines and future fortunes is published by Zed Books. We met recently to discuss the book and some of the ideas within it. Over the ...

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South Sudan: who got what? - Brilliant new comic by Alex de Waal and Victor Ndula

The below comic was produced as a collaboration between the World Peace Foundation, the Cartoon Movement and the Justice and Security Research Programme of the London School of Economics. Written by Alex de Waal, who many consider to be one of the world’s leading experts on South Sudan, and drawn ...

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Burkina Faso’s popular revolution fraying at the edges – By Valérie Arnould

The ousting of Burkina Faso’s long-standing President Blaise Compaoré in October 2014 raised high hopes for a democratic transition in the country. Compaoré was removed following street protests against his attempt to push through constitutional revisions which would have enabled him to run for another presidential term. A relatively orderly ...

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Nigeria: Peaceful election boosts investor confidence in Africa’s largest economy – By Ioannis Mantzikos

A largely peaceful election in which Muhammadu Buhari defeated President Goodluck Jonathan has bolstered investor confidence in Nigeria. Whilst it is widely expected, perhaps unrealistically so, that this military man from Katsina State in northern Nigeria will be more successful in dealing with fighting the Boko Haram insurgency than his ...

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Sudan’s Great Depression: mental illness dangerously ignored by country’s health services – By Dr. Mohamed Shawgi

Mental illness has been in the news again with the story of Germanwings Flight 9525 which is thought to have been intentionally crashed in the French Alps by its co-pilot Andreas Lubitz. Lubitz appears to have had a history of suffering from mental health problems. This comes a few months ...

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