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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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Malawi: Divided opposition likely to hand President Banda another term – By Frank Jomo

Malawi: Divided opposition likely to hand President Banda another term – By Frank Jomo

On May 20th this year, the southern African nation of Malawi will go to the polls to elect a president, members of parliament and local government representatives. The forthcoming elections will be the tightest since the introduction of multiparty democracy in 1994 as 12 presidential candidates line up to battle ...

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How to tackle the DRC’s complex anti-impunity agenda – By Sharanjeet Parmar

How to tackle the DRC’s complex anti-impunity agenda – By Sharanjeet Parmar

To date, there have been no effective responses to impunity for perpetrators of international crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which have been on going since the start of violence in 1996. Despite the publication of the UN’s ‘Mapping Report’, which called for specific measures to address impunity ...

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Beyond greed or grievance: understanding conflict in resource-rich states – By Christoph Vogel and Joschka Havenith

Beyond greed or grievance: understanding conflict in resource-rich states – By Christoph Vogel and Joschka Havenith

Diamonds and Rubber in Sierra Leone, oil in Angola and Sudan, tantalum and gold in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, copper in Zambia - the list of the natural resource wealth the Africa possesses is a long one. However, these riches have not always been a blessing for the ...

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South Sudan: bad news for Beijing as Machar attacks oil fields – By Tim Steinecke

South Sudan: bad news for Beijing as Machar attacks oil fields – By Tim Steinecke

The current conflict in South Sudan has now lasted nearly half a year, killing thousands and displacing hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese. Oil, South Sudan’s only major source of revenue, has neither been the reason for nor the focus of the conflict up to this point. But this is ...

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Mogadishu security declines as armed forces stretched outside capital – By Mohamed Mubarak

Mogadishu security declines as armed forces stretched outside capital - By Mohamed Mubarak

In March, the AU and the Somali National Army (SNA) launched their long-awaited offensive against Al-Shabaab. As was expected, Al-Shabaab withdrew from most areas without putting up much resistance. On the surface, the Somali government has won a huge chunk of territory back from the insurgent group. However, the facts ...

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