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April 25, 2017  Africa/Global: Media Repression 2.0
    "In the days when news was printed on paper, censorship was a crude practice involving government officials with black pens, the seizure of printing presses and raids on newsrooms. The complexity and centralization of broadcasting also made radio and television vulnerable to censorship even when the governments didn't exercise direct control of the airwaves. ... New information technologies-- the global, interconnected internet; ubiquitous social media platforms; smart phones with cameras--were supposed to make censorship obsolete. Instead, they have just made it more complicated." - Joel Simon, Committee to Protect Journalists, April 25, 2017

April 25, 2017  Zambia: From Democracy to Dictatorship?
    "Our country is now all, except in designation, a dictatorship and if it is not yet, then we are not far from it. Our political leaders in the ruling party often issue intimidating statements that frighten people and make us fear for the immediate and future. This must be stopped and reversed henceforth." - Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops, April 23, 2017

April 17, 2017  Africa/Global: New Reports Show Massive Tax Losses
    On April 15, "tax day" in the United States, tens of thousands of demonstrators in over 200 communities around the country marched to demand that President Trump make public his tax returns ( http://taxmarch.org/home/). Protesters also denounced his use of taxpayer funds for his personal profit and military escalation while his administration continues its assault on spending for urgent public needs at home and around the world. There is no sign that the President will comply with the demand for transparency. But the award of a Pulitzer Prize last week to the international consortium that exposed the Panama Papers was only one indicator that the drive to expose tax evasion, tax avoidance, and corruption around the world will continue.

April 10, 2017  Africa: African Feminism Past and Present
    "On February 18th I lost my grand aunt - my grandmother really ... This incredible woman, May Kyomugasho Katebaka left us at the age of 97. We last met in 2014 when I visited her. She's a fierce woman. Fierce in her religion but also fierce in her knowledge of what she wanted from the world. And that is what moves me. Moves me every time one claims feminism is foreign and for the educated, un-african. She always came to mind when I met such arguments. I would tell myself that if only they could hear half her life story, then they would understand why I am such a rebellion." - Rosebell Kagumire (https://rosebellkagumire.com/)

April 3, 2017  South Africa: Rising Outcry for Zuma to Go
    "We call on Ministers and leaders of the ANC who care about the future of democracy and the Constitution to speak up and call on the President, in the best interests of the country, to step down. We call on the parliamentary leadership of the ANC, supported by all opposition parties, to insist that parliament be recalled immediately to debate a motion of no-confidence, proposed by the ANC leadership in parliament. We call on all members of Parliament to unite and support a motion of no-confidence." - Statement by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, March 31, 2017

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March 28, 2017  
    Liberia: Mining, Displacement, and the World Bank
March 21, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Scaling Up Solar
March 14, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Invisible Crises, Failing Safety Nets
March 6, 2017  
    South Africa: Targeting Immigrants, Again
February 28, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Open Data for Tax Justice
February 20, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Agribusiness Giants on Merger Path
February 12, 2017  
    Congo (Kinshasa): Tshisekedi Place Hard to Fill
February 7, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Transparency Setback, African Agendas
January 30, 2017  
    Kenya: State of the Internet
January 23, 2017  
    South Africa: State Capture & Energy Policy
January 16, 2017  
    Africa: Electoral Landscapes
December 6, 2016  
    Gambia: Sudden Hope in a Small Country
November 28, 2016  
    Africa/Global: Overcoming the Shadow Economy
November 17, 2016  
    Somalia: Rising Threats to Dadaab Refugees
November 10, 2016  
    Africa/Global: Climate Threat, Action Tracks
October 26, 2016  
    Congo (Kinshasa): "No Elections" Reports
October 18, 2016  
    Ghana: New Debt Trap
October 11, 2016  
    USA/Africa: The State of Black Immigrants
October 4, 2016  
    West Africa/Europe: Toxic Fuels for African Markets
September 21, 2016  
    USA/Africa: From #BlackLivesMatter to #StopTheBleeding Africa
September 14, 2016  
    Gabon: High Demand for Democracy, Short Supply
September 7, 2016  
    South Africa: From #FeesMustFall to Budget Battles

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