Category: Africa

How democracies can exploit dictatorships’ soft, kleptocratic underbelly

     

The spread of kleptocracy, or “rule by thieves,” has harmed the poorest and most vulnerable populations worldwide most of all. But it also destabilizes entire regions, creating new fertile recruiting… Read more »

Why Sudan is shutting down its Internet

     

Sudan’s military authorities are shutting down the Internet in an effort to suffocate the current pro-democracy protest movement. Internet shutdowns are not new, but they have become increasingly popular instrument… Read more »

Is kleptocracy an existential threat to democracy?

     

The British journalist Oliver Bullough’s “Moneyland,” provides a glimpse into a shadow system of trillions of dollars of hidden assets that transcends nations, feeds corruption and “quietly but effectively” is… Read more »

Why Saudis and UAE want to destroy hope for Arab democracy

     

Russia and China are not the only autocracies seeking to squash democratic openings. Since the Arab uprisings of 2011, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have used their considerable… Read more »

Lessons from Egypt’s failed revolution for Algeria and Sudan

     

Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed has called for a “quick” democratic transition in Sudan as he met the country’s ruling generals and protest leaders, days after a deadly crackdown killed… Read more »

Sudan crackdown reflects internal power struggle

     

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has arrived in Khartoum this morning for talks with the head of Sudan’s ruling military council. The Sudanese Professionals Association, which has led pro-democracy protests, yesterday… Read more »

Violent repression of Sudan’s civilian movement sends ‘ominous message’ for region’s democratic ambitions

     

At least 13 protesters were killed and several others injured on Monday when the Sudanese military opened fire to break up a sit-in, according to a local doctors’ union, CNN reports:… Read more »

What – or who – is holding back Sudan’s transition?

     

Sudan’s alliance of opposition and protest groups held a general strike on Tuesday as tensions mounted with the country’s military rulers over the transition to democracy, Reuters reports. Pro-democracy and civil society… Read more »

Can data safeguard Nigeria’s democratic integrity?

     

Facebook is under fire in Africa for undermining democracy, with critics saying the social media giant has allowed its platform to be weaponised for co-ordinated misinformation campaigns, the BBC reports,… Read more »

Civic activism: democracy’s new hope or false dawn?

     

Seventeen Sudanese and international civil society groups* have urged the African Union to take action after militiamen attacked protesters at the sit-in in front of the military headquarters in central… Read more »