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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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President Zuma and President Conde at the state luncheon in Conakry, hosted in honour of President Zuma on the occassion of his Working Visit to the Republic of Guinea. Credit: DoC.

Strike and upheaval: The myth of trickle-down, Guinea edition

The recent nationwide protests in Guinea-Conakry transcended ethnic and regional differences, but also highlighted disconnections between top and bottom in Guinea's contentious politics. Guinea’s government just survived a surprisingly severe nationwide general strike, culminating in violent demonstrations on 20 February in the capital Conakry. Seven people shot dead, thirty injured, several arrests, ...

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Sex, whistles and shutdowns: Inside Africa's non-protesters’ protesting toolbox

How to subvert the system from the safety of your home. What is a protest? The image that usually comes to mind is one of huge crowds marching down a street, waving banners and chanting slogans. “Make your voice heard” and “stand up and be counted” are typically the leading calls to ...

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Credit: Commonwealth Secretariat.

International election observation is decades out of date. I should know.

I helped design the first African election observation mission in 1980. The world's transformed since then, but they're still using the same old model. In 1979, I was a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat, an organisation that played a major role in the negotiations that led to Zimbabwe’s independence. One of ...

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4 ways in which the Burundi crisis is far from over

The government is calling on its 380,000 refugees to return home, claiming the country is safe. Why does no-one believe them? Since the start of 2017, the Burundian government has amplified its calls for refugees to return home. After nearly two years of crisis in which over 1,400 peopled are estimated ...

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The plucky African film industry defying the odds

Thousands of miles from the glamour and riches of the Western film industry, determined filmmakers in Malawi are winning hearts and acclaim as they Make Mollywood. As the film awards season heats up in the US and UK, Africa’s talents are once again hugely under-represented. Beyond some best actress nominations for ...

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