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February 11, 2019  Nigeria: Many Candidates, Few Alternatives
    “The presidential contest ... will likely be a straight contest between incumbent Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and challenger Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Dozens of other candidates will be competing. These include: Oby Ezekwesili, the former minister and founder of the Bring Back Our Girls movement; Professor Kingsley Moghalu, the former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria; and Omoyele Sowore, the owner of the media outlet Sahara Reporters. But when it comes down to it, it will be a two-horse race.” - Idayat Hassan

January 30, 2019  USA/Africa: Paradigms of Foreign Intervenion
    “[In her new book Foreign Intervention in Africa after the Cold War, Schmidt´s] aim is not to provide a comprehensive narrative or advance an explanatory theory, but to introduce a series of case studies, taking into account global narratives and common factors as well as the particularity and nuances of each case. … As Schmidt explains, global narratives are both essential and misleading in explaining the course and outcomes of intervention in specific conflicts.” - AfricaFocus Editor William Minter

January 30, 2019  USA/Africa: China, Bolton, and Jimmy Carter
    When National Security Advisor John Bolton presented the administration´s "New Africa Strategy" at the conservative Heritage Foundation on December 13, the Washington Post headlined Bolton´s warning that “´predatory´ China is outpacing the U.S. In Africa" (http://tinyurl.com/ydgrr7ep). And, according to the New York Times, "Bolton Outlines a Strategy for Africa That’s Really About Countering China" (http://tinyurl.com/yc73fx9j). But however prominent the theme of U.S.-China competition in current news, neither this framework nor any other overarching theme is likely to prove a reliable guide as either a description or prescription for actual policy.

January 22, 2019  Zimbabwe: Repression & Dreams Deferred, Again
    "Robert Mugabe was really bad because he didn’t listen to anyone unless under personal duress, and because of that terrible trait in him, it led to his spectacular and embarrassing undoing with the culmination of a military coup that was supported by the citizens and the rest of the world sealing his ungraceful demise. Everybody was just tired of the old man, and regardless of the unorthodox means used to remove him, it was a popular and celebrated end of a disastrous rule. His inconvenient and unintended successor and apprentice, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has only been in power for fourteen months, but he has perfected his former boss’s art of not listening and being oblivious to what the rest of the world thinks of his rule, good or bad." - Hopewell Chin´ono

January 8, 2019  Mozambique/Global: Who Pays for Transnational Corruption?
    The line-up of those involved in this $2.2 billion fraudulent loan deal, now implicated in a case in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of New York, is multinational. The five named individuals indicted include the former Minister of Finance of Mozambique, a Lebanese businessman representing Privinvest (an international shipping conglomerate in Abu Dhabi), and three London-based bankers, citizens of New Zealand, Great Britain, and Bulgaria, employed at the time of the loans by the giant Swiss bank Credit Suisse. Three more names are redacted in the indictment and 5 others, three Mozambicans and two additional employees of Privinvest, are cited but not named in the text of the indictment.

Essay series on U.S. elections, by AfricaFocus Editor William Minter

July 18, 2018 - 10 Ways to Misunderstand the Trump Election
July 18, 2018 - The Electoral College: How the System is Rigged and How to Change It
July 30, 2018 - Why Voter Suppression Matters More Than You Think
August 15, 2018 - Russia in the Trump Election: Putting "Collusion" in Context

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AfricaFocus Archive: by date | by place | by topic

December 10, 2018  
    Africa/Global: Green New Deal Could Be Game-Changer
November 12, 2018  
    Africa: Africa Mining Vision
November 12, 2018  
    Africa: Why Mining is Hard to Tax
October 16, 2018  
    Africa/Global: Drug Company Profits vs. Public Health
October 1, 2018  
    Africa/Global: Professionals Enabling Corruption
September 17, 2018  
    Uganda: Time for the Youth
August 27, 2018  
    Africa: Migration Reports Show Complex Realities
August 15, 2018  
    West Africa/Europe: From Cocoa to Chocolate
July 30, 2018  
    East Africa: Ethiopia/Eritrea Peace Hopes, Cautions
July 18, 2018  
    Africa/Global: 10 Ways to Misunderstand the Trump Election, and Why They Still Matter
June 20, 2018  
    Congo (Kinshasa): Ebola Response Shows Lessons Learned
June 4, 2018  
    West Africa/Global: Tax Evasion without Borders
May 21, 2018  
    Namibia/Africa: Afrobarometer Insights
May   7, 2018  
    USA/Africa: Achieving 100% Renewable Energy
May   7, 2018  
    USA/Africa: Renewable Energy Advances on Many Fronts
April 23, 2018  
    Ethiopia: Wax, Gold, and "Ethiopianness"
April 9, 2018  
    Africa: Storybooks in African Languages
March 26, 2018  
    Zimbabwe: Women Continue Protest at Hwange Coal
March 12, 2018  
    Africa/Global: Charting Where They Hide the Money, 2
March 12, 2018  
    Africa/Global: Charting Where They Hide the Money, 1
February 26, 2018  
    Nigeria/Global: Promising Potential for Solar Mini-Grids
February 12, 2018  
    Sudan: Perilous Crossroads on Refugee Map

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