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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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“Burn to be heard”: Why #FeesMustFall in South Africa has turned violent

From early on, universities responded to the student protests with force. Now they are reaping the whirlwind. “Burn to be heard”. This chilling statement has been doing the rounds through word of mouth and social media on South African campuses in recent weeks. The message has to be taken seriously. Buildings and vehicles at several universities ...

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Credit: UN Women.

Cabo Verde elections: How much of a party animal is President Fonseca?

As Cabo Verde votes in presidential elections this Sunday, the incumbent's links with the ruling party may turn out to be a mixed blessing. On 2 October, Cabo Verde will go the polls for the third time this year, following legislative and municipal elections in March and September respectively. This time around, ...

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Protests in Ethiopia have been ongoing since November 2015.

“The blood flowing in Oromia is our blood too”: Why Oromo-Amhara solidarity is the greatest threat to the Ethiopian government

For decades, the ruling party has governed by pitting the Oromo and Amhara against one another. Now the two groups are joining forces against the government. “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen,” said Lenin, describing the Bolshevik revolution. For Ethiopia, the start of August ...

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Credit: IMF Staff Photo/Stephen Jaffe.

Cameroon goes it alone with controversial EU trade deal, angers regional partners

Many in Cameroon and the wider region worry that the unilateral signing of an Economic Partnership Agreement was a bad decision. Regional integration in Central Africa hangs in the balance following Cameroon’s unilateral decision to agree a trade deal with the European Union last month. Despite protests from the Economic and Monetary Community of ...

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One step forwards, two steps back? Credit: UNMISS.

Down but not out: What Machar’s absence means for South Sudan’s peace process

One half of the rivalry that has defined South Sudan’s politics since independence is no longer around the table. Will this be a help or hindrance? Since heavy fighting broke out in Juba this July, leading to the deaths of hundreds and raising fears that a return to all out civil war ...

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