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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In a forgotten state: shining a light on Guinea-Bissau

With so much ignorance surrounding the country, the new book Guinea-Bissau: Micro-state to Narco-State arrives at the perfect time. Despite being as poorly governed as Zimbabwe and Angola, and having some of the lowest social development indicators on the continent, Guinea-Bissau is one of Africa’s forgotten states. With a population ...

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Windmills in the Western Cape, South Africa. Credit: jbdodane.

Africa’s no-regret route to industrialisation

A business-as-usual approach to industrialisation is not only damaging and costly. But the alternative is actually a much better business proposition. Industrialisation is an imperative for Africa. With a global economy constrained by climate change and driven by competitive supply chains, the continent’s aspirations are difficult to fulfil. Accelerated and profound ...

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Review: Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour – by Peter Tinti and Tuesday Reitano

European leaders conflating human traffickers and human smugglers is not just inaccurate. It speaks to the ignorance and/or deliberate manipulation of facts at the heart of their policy responses. As the mass movement of refugees and migrants to Europe has continued apace − with nearly 350,000 arriving in 2016 to date − ...

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The AU tried and failed on Burundi. Now it's time to try again.

Unless regional and international organisations act in concert and inject new life into the mediation process, Burundi risks igniting a wider crisis. In its report released late last month, the UN Independent Investigation on Burundi paints a bleak portrait of a country that has been in political turmoil since May 2015. ...

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The government claims 52 people were killed in the Irreecha celebrations, but the opposition puts the figure much higher.

Ethiopia: How popular uprising became the only option

In theory, the Oromo and Amhara are well-represented by parties in government. But they have never been perceived to have either legitimacy or autonomy. When Shibiru Amana heard gunshots ring out near his home in the town of Mandi on 26 September, he immediately rushed outside where he saw people clamouring ...

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