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Dossier February 2013

‘Democratic’ dynasties

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Nepotism does not only affect ‘presidents for life’. Even democratically elected heads of state have been accused of giving key posts to relatives. This might not be so for the much-criticized Jacob Zuma, the South African president, and for Nkosazana Dlamini: she was recently named head of the African Union and is the ex-wife of…

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Hereditary Republics

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Transforming power into a family business has been a temptation for North African leaders such as Muammar Gaddafi and Hosni Mubarak with their respective sons, Saif al-Islam and Gamal. The former in recent years tried to appear as a moderate and ‘reformist’ element in his father’s regime, but when the war in Libya broke out…

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Alone in command

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The four ‘grand old men’ in Guinea, Angola, Zimbabwe, and Cameroon have many ‘disciples’ all around Africa. Younger in age or in government duration, but similar in their steadfast hold on power, many with a past as soldiers or fighters. Actually, according to some analysts, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni might be preparing a dynastic-like succession…

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Africa : Kings (and dynasties) without crowns

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Officially, a mere three of the 54 African states are still ruled by monarchs: Morocco (where King Mohammed VI’s family claims a descent from the Prophet himself), Lesotho (ruled by King Letsie III since 1996), and Swaziland (under the absolute power of Mswati III since 1986). Nevertheless, Africa is full of ‘de facto’ kings and…

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Advocacy

Emigration and the Young African.

Advocacy is about politics and change, values and beliefs, consciousness and knowledge. It is about building democratic organizations and expanding citizens’ skills to understand how…

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Baobab

Hare and the Corn Bins.

In the old days, all the animals used to make farms like men do today. They hoed the ground, planted the seed, harvested the grain and…

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Youth & Mission

Five Ways To Reduce Our Reliance On Plastic.

Plastic is so prevalent in our lives that we don’t even notice it anymore. It is convenient. It is cheap. It is ubiquitous. The unfortunate truth…

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