Category: Africa

South Africa heading for crisis, collapse and ‘regime change’?

     

Amid heckling from the opposition, the South African president used his State of the Nation speech to try and redeem himself following a spending scandal. But calls for him to… Read more »

Angola in crisis: transparency, human rights & civil society

     

  Current events suggest that Angola today faces an economic and political crisis. The global collapse of oil prices, a series of anti-NGO regulations, repressed protests, and the trial of… Read more »

‘Great Surge’ marks end of the Third World

     

  The assertion that democracy is better than autocracy at facilitating the move into prosperity butts up against the theory that authoritarianism is more conducive to rapid economic growth (as… Read more »

Autocrats’ bag of tricks for staying in power

     

Excluding hereditary monarchies, there are close to 40 countries around the world in which the national leader has been in power for 10 or more years, writes Freedom House analyst… Read more »

Burkina Faso and the Sahel: Turning Points in Elections and Security

     

Sub-Saharan Africa was long seen as relatively immune to the call of Islamist militancy because of its unorthodox religious practices — rooted in Sufism, a more mystical mode of Islam… Read more »

Rule of Law in Areas of Limited Statehood

     

The Middle East, North Africa and the Caucasus regions are increasingly characterized by Areas of Limited Statehood (ALS): ALS are territories where governments lack the ability or will to implement… Read more »

DRC shutters two private news channels

     

  Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have ordered the closure of two privately-owned news channels. The decision was condemned by media rights groups and officials should allow the… Read more »

Africa: Partnerships for Meaningful Elections

     

More than 15 African countries held national elections in 2015–including Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Tanzania–and a similar number is set to do so in 2016, notably the… Read more »

How Ethiopia silences independent voices

     

After a tense year marked by widely-criticized elections in which Ethiopia’s ruling party won 100 percent of parliamentary seats, 2015 concluded with yet more repression in the East African nation,… Read more »