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WHAT NOW? Meles Zenawi ruled his famine-stricken country for 21 years and tried to make authoritarianism acceptable THE death of Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s prime minister, on Aug 20 reveals much about the country he created. Details of his ill health remained a secret until the end. A short broad...
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By Prof. Liban A. Egal Somalia’s upcoming permanent government is feted as a model for national reconciliation and good governance. The signatories are largely former militia members, intellectual Diasporans, and members of Puntland and Galmudug states. These corrupt leaders have been quick to set as...
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Togo’s security minister said yesterday authorities have released 119 people who were detained during this week’s rallies organised by an opposition coalition that led to clashes between police and demonstrators. At the same time eight people were held in custody, the minister, colonel Da...
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Joachim Buwembo I have been a loud, unapologetic admirer of Meles Zenawi’s approach to national economic development, so I am in mourning. Ethiopia’s democracy is not my business because I am not a voter there but as someone living in this region, I have a legitimate interest in the infrastructural d...
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Aug 27th, 2012
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For over two hundred seventy five weeks, without missing a single week, I have written long expository commentaries on the deeds and misdeeds of the man who has been at the helm of power in Ethiopia for over two decades. Meles Zenawi has now passed on. The cause of his death remains a closely guarded...
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Women from the “Let’s Save Togo” coalition have called on all females in the country to refrain from sex for a week to force Togolese men into supporting the group during their demonstrations against the government. For weeks, Togo has seen clashes between security forces and protesters who are...
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Nigeria’s government is reaching out to radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, talking with some of its members via “back room channels” as it seeks a peaceful way out of the north’s conflict, the president’s spokesman said on Sunday. The militants ruled out peace talks in a ...
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analysis Johannesburg — There is no shortage of examples of Jacob Zuma’s leadership weaknesses, from bad appointments in key positions to dawdling over decisions and presiding over policy uncertainty. But it will be a real push, even for his harshest critics, to try to fault him for the Marikan...
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Guardian Reporters Bright ideas: A cellphone database for dairy farmers and a strain of sweet potato that can help fight child blindness. These are just two of the imaginative new ideas that are tackling Africa’s old problems 1. Hippo water roller Idea: The Hippo water roller is a drum that can...
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South African’s President Jacob Zuma rose to power as a man of the people but seemed a world away from the masses when he stood in a suit under a parasol to speak to destitute miners about the deadliest police killing since apartheid ended. The deaths of 44 in a labour dispute this month at [.....