Category: Analysis

Analysis

What’s behind Mali livestock herders joining jihadist groups

In Mali, jihadist groups have taken control of more than half the country since 2012. How has such a fundamental change been possible in a country previously praised by international observers as a bulwark against radical Islam in Africa? Several factors contributed to the current crisis in Mali. A key one is the fallout from the Nato bombing of Libya...

How 1960s Algeria Became a “Mecca for revolutionaries”

In the 1960s Algeria promoted itself as a “Mecca for revolutionaries.” Allegedly, it was not uncommon to run into freedom fighters such as Nelson Mandela and Amilcar Cabral on the streets of Algiers. And in 1969 the city hosted the pan-African festival of culture, Panaf, which brought together many liberations movements from the “Global South” that based their struggles on...

Building Resilience Far from Home: Communal Democracy Practices amongst Urban Congolese Refugees in Uganda

Under a midday blazing sun in Kampala, we are driving hesitantly over the newly paved roads of Nsambya and Katwe suburb. A pedestrian signals us to stop and ask; “are you looking for the Congolese place perhaps?” I nod, stunned.  We are soon into the compound of «Centre Scolaire Congolais”; a dusty ground that comprise a rustic main house and surrounded by droopy...

Shutting Down AFRICOM and the Scramble for Africa By Netfa Freeman

The U.S. military is all over Africa To mark exactly 10 years after the establishment of AFRICOM, short for U.S. Africa Command, the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) has launched U.S. Out of Africa!: Shut Down AFRICOM, a campaign designed to end the U.S. invasion and occupation of Africa. Although U.S. leaders say AFRICOM is “fighting terrorism” on the continent...

What Are the “Zombie Apocalypse” Movies Actually Telling Us? by Janet Phelan

The “Zombie Apocalypse” movies present a scenario in which part of the human race has morphed into flesh-consuming predators. It falls upon the unaltered, those still ostensibly human and non-predator, to restore the world and its people back to “normality,” back to a situation wherein predatory and altered humans are either extinguished or changed back to humans.Often the genesis of...

Yemen’s Descent into Hell: A Saudi-American war of terror

It’s the war from hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with seven other Middle Eastern and North African states, have been waging in Yemen since March 2015, with fulsome support from the Pentagon and American weapons galore. It’s got everything. Dead children in the dozens, a never-ending air campaign that pays scant heed...

Rights group documents fresh South Sudan ‘war crimes’

A rights group on Wednesday accused the government of South Sudan and its allied militias of carrying out “war crimes” of “staggering brutality” during an offensive earlier this year.Amnesty International’s report, based on research following a government offensive on Leer and Mayendit counties in the northern Unity State between April and June, catalogued the testimonies of around 100 civilians who...

Can the Ethiopian/Eritrean Alliance Bring Peace To South Sudan? By Thomas Mountain

All roads to peace in the Horn of Africa seem to run through theEritrean capital of Asmara these days,  with the latest peaceinitiative allying Ethiopia and Eritrea looking like it will bebringing peace to South Sudan. To understand the South Sudan civil war you must look no further thenthe Chinese oil fields, the only such owned and operated in Africa,and...