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Africa: The Motorbike Boom.

Set to become the main mode of transport in Africa, motorcycle taxis invade roads and streets of cities, towns and villages. They are called by different names, boda boda, okada, and moto, and have come to define African city and village life in a fundamental way. The explosion of motorcycles in Africa is projected to…

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Iran. Poker Game

Trump’s anti-Iranian Efforts Are Backfiring, But the Threat of Another Middle East War Looms Large There are two winners from U.S. President Trump’s ‘diplomacy’ in the Middle East, and Iran in particular: the U.S. military industrial complex (which thrives from threats of imminent wars even more than it does from wars themselves) and the pro-Supreme…

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Eastern Africa. Tensions between Kigali and Kampala.

Tension is escalating between Uganda and Rwanda. A crisis is developing that is affecting the entire region. Tension between Uganda and Rwanda, but also at Rwandan borders with Burundi and Congo is rising.  By end April, Canada, Germany, Belgium, France and Australia told their nationals to move cautiously in particular in the border areas. On…

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Ethiopia. A Grain of Hope.

Bonga is one of the capitals of Ethiopian coffee. At the corner of every alleyway, one of those tiny coffee shops known as ‘buna bets’ is inevitably found. We start our journey to the deep heart of Ethiopia from this small town. It may be a small, plain, rural sort of town but Bonga has…

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Africa. Journalists are a target.

There are areas of Africa where it is difficult to work as a journalist. A journalist risks being jailed or even killed. Nevertheless, the number of investigating teams reporting on conflicts and revealing corruption and criminal trading is on the increase. They are not deterred even when threatened. A man is assassinated. A Ghanaian journalist.…

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Africa Internet. The new censorship.

Criticisms force governments to place restrictions on the Internet. Serious violations of human rights and grave consequences for local economies. At the same time, systems for by-passing the controls are proliferating. A method of closing down the Internet was implemented on a large scale in Egypt during the Arab Spring of 2011.  Now it is…

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Jihadism in the Indian sub-continent.

The Easter Sunday bombings in and around Sri Lanka’s capital left hundreds dead and injured. In recent years, besides becoming a base for hundreds of foreign fighters, the Indian sub-continent has also become fertile terrain for the expansion of the main Islamist terrorist groups. On 3 September 2014, Ayman al-Zawahiri announced the formation of a…

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A New Season of Stifled Democratic Aspirations Begins in North Africa.

Another so-called Arab – or at least North African – Spring? Given the significant risks and the fact that a few hundred lives have already been lost, rather than spring, geopolitical ‘meteorologists’ might use a less charming season as a metaphor for the civil revolts, wars and political overthrows now affecting  Sudan, Algeria and Libya.…

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Rwanda. Twenty-five years after Apocalypses. A transformed country.

Twenty-five years after the genocide of the Tutsis in 1994, the country is peaceful and the economy is booming. But citizens are striving for more freedom. September 1994. Two months after the end of the genocide, the capital, Kigali was offering a picture of sadness and devastation. The windows of most government offices were broken.…

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Burundi spirals into dictatorship and isolation.

Four years after the crisis sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s determination to run for a third mandate against the spirit of the constitution and the 2000 Arusha Peace Agreement, Burundi has sunk into oblivion, isolation and dictatorship. Burundi is a forgotten but ongoing crisis. On the last 21 February, 35 NGOs launched in Nairobi a…

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Boeing 737-MAX Incident Won’t Thwart Ethiopian Airlines’ Ambitions.

The Addis Ababa – Nairobi route, it’s often a necessary ‘rite of passage’ for those heading for a variety of African destinations. And so it was for the 157 people who boarded the tragic flight of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX, flight ET302, which crashed at 08.44 on the morning of Sunday March 10,…

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Africa/China. Chinese Investments in African High Technology.

Chinese high-tech companies are banking on Africa, especially on the ‘Silicon Savannah’ of Nairobi, to develop strategies aimed at satisfying emerging markets. The unknown factor is the collection and management of mega-data Of all the roughly 200 technological hubs in the emerging African market, the Nairobi cluster stands out, so much so that it has…

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news archive – summaries

Africa: The Motorbike Boom.

Set to become the main mode of transport in Africa, motorcycle taxis invade roads and streets…

01 Jun 2019

Iran. Poker Game

Trump’s anti-Iranian Efforts Are Backfiring, But the Threat of Another Middle East War Looms Large There are…

01 Jun 2019

Eastern Africa. Tensions between Kigali and Kampala.

Tension is escalating between Uganda and Rwanda. A crisis is developing that is affecting the entire…

01 Jun 2019

Ethiopia. A Grain of Hope.

Bonga is one of the capitals of Ethiopian coffee. At the corner of every alleyway, one…

01 Jun 2019

Africa. Journalists are a target.

There are areas of Africa where it is difficult to work as a journalist. A journalist…

01 May 2019

Africa Internet. The new censorship.

Criticisms force governments to place restrictions on the Internet. Serious violations of human rights and grave…

01 May 2019

Jihadism in the Indian sub-continent.

The Easter Sunday bombings in and around Sri Lanka's capital left hundreds dead and injured. In…

01 May 2019

A New Season of Stifled Democratic Aspirations Begins in North…

Another so-called Arab – or at least North African – Spring? Given the significant risks and…

01 May 2019

Rwanda. Twenty-five years after Apocalypses. A transformed country.

Twenty-five years after the genocide of the Tutsis in 1994, the country is peaceful and the…

01 Apr 2019

Burundi spirals into dictatorship and isolation.

Four years after the crisis sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s determination to run for a third…

01 Apr 2019

Boeing 737-MAX Incident Won’t Thwart Ethiopian Airlines’ Ambitions.

The Addis Ababa - Nairobi route, it’s often a necessary ‘rite of passage’ for those heading…

01 Apr 2019

Africa/China. Chinese Investments in African High Technology.

Chinese high-tech companies are banking on Africa, especially on the 'Silicon Savannah' of Nairobi, to develop…

01 Apr 2019

Madagascar. The DJ Sets The Tone.

The new President’s first decisions tilt towards authoritarianism, which is matter of concern owing to the…

01 Mar 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa: Development By Rail.

With Chinese technical and financial backing, a number of countries – from Tanzania to Angola, from…

01 Mar 2019

Tunisia. The Challenges of the Jasmin Revolution.

The  presidential election of 2019 will be a crucial test for the Arab world’s democratic laboratory. While…

01 Mar 2019

The Chilean Eldorado.

Lithium is a fundamental mineral in modern economy and Chile is particularly rich in it. This…

01 Mar 2019

Nicaragua. Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, Under Threat.

Illegal logging and deforestation for agriculture and livestock activities are destroying the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve. The Bosawas…

01 Feb 2019

The Maritime Silk Road in South-East Asia.

The definition of The Maritime Silk Road seems never ending. The initial interest of the Chinese…

01 Feb 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo. Kabila’s Electoral Coup.

The 30 December presidential and parliamentary elections have ended up in a farce. Monitoring group and…

01 Feb 2019

Congo-Brazzaville.The Resumption Of The Railway Traffic Raise New Hopes.

After two years of interruption, the railway traffic has resumed recently between the capital, Brazzaville and…

01 Feb 2019

Asia 2019. Troubled Waters.

Important political events will mark the Asian panorama in 2019 while the evolution of strategic and…

01 Jan 2019

Africa 2019. A Challenging Year For The Continent.

The year 2019 looks extremely challenging in many countries of the continent where crucial elections are…

01 Jan 2019

Middle East 2019. Another Uncertain Year Ahead.

The Return of Palestine and A Deepening of the Shi’a-Sunni Divide. One of the clearest lenses through…

01 Jan 2019

Hotspots in Africa in 2019.

From a security point of view, in 2019 in Africa there will be several hotspots. We…

01 Jan 2019

Dr Denis Mukwege. A Nobel Peace Prize for Africa

Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi human rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic…

01 Dec 2018

A 'No Deal' Brexit could disrupt the UK trade of…

A 'no deal' Brexit could mean a temporary interruption of the diamond trade on the London…

01 Dec 2018

Illegal Fishing In African Waters.

Illegal fishing or unauthorized fishing is a scourge affecting the countries of Africa, in particular those…

01 Dec 2018

Africa. Contractors’ Eldorado.

The security of the continent has now become a 'private affair' of the Americans, the French,…

01 Dec 2018

Angola. ‘Terminator’ Lourenço Pushes For More Reforms.

More than one year after he was sworn in, the new Angolan head of state, João…

01 Nov 2018

USA/Mexico. Migrant Children. Uncertain Future.

Thousands of migrant children in transit for Mexico disappear. Meanwhile, in the United States they are…

01 Nov 2018

Kenya’s LAPSSET Oil Corridor : Not Yet Born But Already…

The largest infrastructure project in East Africa is likely to become obsolete long before it is…

01 Nov 2018

The Khashoggi Murder Has Shaken the Very Foundations of the…

The now confirmed murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of a Saudi ‘investigation team’…

01 Nov 2018

DR Congo. Kabila likely to remain in control after the…

Either the elections are rigged or they cannot take place for logistical and financial reasons. In…

01 Oct 2018

Ethiopia. The Water Hyacinth Threatens Lake Tana.

The invasive plant is spreading rapidly, threatening the ecosystem, the economy, tourism and the survival of…

01 Oct 2018

Latin America. New drug routes.

Ecuador and the Dominican Republic have become the new drug routes in collaboration with the Mexican…

01 Oct 2018

Tunisia. A Damocles’ sword hanging on its budding democracy.

Political Battles Are Creating a Distraction from Main Problems Weakening its Young Democracy Tunisian President Beji Caid…

01 Oct 2018

Uganda. A School Under Canvas.

Refugee teachers create a school for young people in South Sudan. The life of refugees is hard.…

01 Sep 2018

South Africa: Is This Land Your Land?

The issue of the redistribution of the land is splitting South African society and could deeply…

01 Sep 2018

Uganda. Between Deforestation And Land Grabbing.

The increase of the population, the great demand of coal and the search for fertile land,…

01 Sep 2018

Washington is Driving Iran into a Corner, but Not without…

Tensions are mounting in the Middle East. It’s not just about Syria; there are risks of…

01 Sep 2018

USA. Weapons And Social Malaise.

U.S. citizens possess at least 265 million of firearms with an average of 88 weapons to…

01 Aug 2018

Ethiopia. Unbelievable changes.

Since his appointment in April, the new Prime Minister, Abyi Ahmed has provoked a strong wind…

01 Aug 2018

Zambia. Fighting Deforestation.

Forests are rapidly vanishing in Zambia. The country's rate of depletion of this natural resource is…

01 Aug 2018

Israel, Palestine And The Impossible Deal.

What is the so-called ‘Middle East Peace Plan’ ? What this means, in practical terms ?…

01 Aug 2018

Has the Countdown to the End of the Syrian War…

The cards suggest that the final showdown in Syria is approaching. Daraa, the city where the…

01 Jul 2018

The Horn of Africa. An Increasingly Strategic Region.

The proximity of Yemen and its strategic geographic position have brought about the multiplication, in the…

01 Jul 2018

USA/Mexico. Arms Trafficking.

It is not so much immigration as clandestine arms trafficking that renders the Mexico/USA border highly…

01 Jul 2018

DR Congo. Oil Exploration In The National Parks.

The Congolese government is considering to declassify areas in two national parks to allow oil exploration…

01 Jul 2018

Illegal Logging. Organised Crime Destroying Latin American Forests.

Illegal logging drives other forms of environmental crimes such as deforestation, labour exploitation, land invasions, tax…

01 Jun 2018

Kinshasa Vetoes Water Transfer Project To Replenish Lake Chad.

According to UNESCO, Lake Chad has shrunk by 90 percent since 1963, with enormous environmental, economic…

01 Jun 2018

Mali. Helping The Street Children Of Bamako.

One evening, Mamadou Touré had just left the disco and was walking back home when a…

01 Jun 2018

SIPRI. World Military Expenditure Up.

Total world military expenditure rose to $1,739 billion in 2017, a marginal increase of 1.1% in…

01 Jun 2018

Burundi. The May referendum: a “death warrant” for the Peace…

According to the opposition, the referendum would be a “death warrant” for the 2000 Arusha Peace…

01 May 2018

FIFA World Cup/Africa. The Road to Russia.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia will be the greatest sporting show…

01 May 2018

DR Congo. Most popular politician risks to be excluded from…

Congo’s most popular politician, the former governor of Katanga, Moise Katumbi, might be excluded from the…

01 May 2018

Niger another Afghanistan.

Under the Guise of Security and Resources Niger Has Attracted Ever More Foreign Intervention. And Not…

01 May 2018

Kenya. At A Turning Point?

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, the chief opposition leader, met in Nairobi, on 9th…

01 Apr 2018

The Seychelles. A Debt Paid, An Ecosystem Protected ...

A string of private financiers has met a considerable part of the public debt of the…

01 Apr 2018

Africa. Chinese Appetite For Minerals Is Boosting Railway Projects.

China’s and other emerging countries’ appetite for raw materials is causing a railway mania in Africa and…

01 Apr 2018

Middle East Under Pressure.

The Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital, and its Political Context, Has Ended the Middle East…

01 Apr 2018

Brazil. Being Abandoned.

Fights between rival gangs for territorial control. People's fear. An absent State. Daily life in Rocinha,…

01 Mar 2018

Ethiopia. A Divided Country.

Ethiopia is passing through a period of turmoil due to ethnic tensions. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn…

01 Mar 2018

Morocco. Between Islamic Radicalization And Narco-Jihadism.

After the phenomenon of Moroccan foreign fighters joining the ranks of the Islamic State, now the…

01 Mar 2018

Africa. Beyond Conflict diamonds.

The conflict diamonds issue is dying down, but new challenges are emerging. Will Africa be able…

01 Mar 2018

Mauritania. The Forgotten Slaves.

At recent EU-AU summit of Abidjan, much attention was focussed on the tragedy of migrants sold as…

01 Feb 2018

Latin American Elections 2018. A Number Of Unknowns.

The largest Latin American countries go to the polls to elect their presidents. Almost 80% of…

01 Feb 2018

Latin America, A Treasure Called Lithium.

Argentina, Bolivia and Chile boast the world’s largest reserves of lithium. The three countries, however, have…

01 Feb 2018

Syria. Behind ‘Operation Olive Branch’.

Are Turkey and the United States on a collision course on operation Olive Branch? What consequences…

01 Feb 2018

Middle East 2018 Perspectives.

The year 2018 could See Current Middle East Tensions Reach Their Inevitable Bloody Conclusion. The Middle…

01 Jan 2018

Africa. Political Forecast 2018.

General Elections in Egypt, Sierra Leone, Mali, Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo. Possible political instability…

01 Jan 2018

Africa’s Hotspots in 2018.

In 2018 several African states will have to face a series of challenges at the security…

01 Jan 2018

Asia 2018. In The Shadow Of Kim.

If on the one hand Asia looks forward to 2018 with confidence, on the other there…

01 Jan 2018

Brazil. Dark Clouds Over Amazonia.

On the one hand organised crime, assassins, the systematic destruction of the Amazon rainforest. On the…

01 Dec 2017

Former British Cameroon On The Verge Of A "Low-Intensity…

Tensions are rising since end 2016 in the English-speaking part of the country. Local bishops deplore…

01 Dec 2017

Lebanon. An Uncertain Future.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned and then he agreed to withhold his resignation. He has…

01 Dec 2017

China Football. Kick- off.

Purchase of European teams, players and famous coaches. What's behind this great Chinese investment? It is…

01 Dec 2017

Kuwait. Mediator In The Gulf Crisis.

Democratic Aspirations and an Open Outlook to the World Make Kuwait Uniquely Suited to Mediate Disputes…

01 Nov 2017

Rwanda. Do Banks Hold A responsibility In The Genocide…

The French justice will investigate on accusations against BNP Paribas’s financing of weapons which may have…

01 Nov 2017

Nigeria: The Need For A Political Cure.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent health problems led to the emergence of Nigeria’s health problems. This…

01 Nov 2017

Nigeria. The Danger Of Secession

The survival of Nigeria as we know it now is increasingly put into question by separatist…

01 Oct 2017

DR.Congo. New Focus Of Crisis In Western Congo.

While rebellions still rage in Eastern Congo and Kasai,  tensions are rising in the Western Province…

01 Oct 2017

China/Panama. A New Ally On The Maritime Silk Road.

Panama breaks off from Taiwan and ties up with China Beijing. Taipei loses an important ally…

01 Oct 2017

Peru. World-Wide Cocaine Business.

Peru is now taking an important position in cocaine production and its trafficking. Complicity and corruption.…

01 Oct 2017

El Salvador. He was still wearing his green shirt and…

Each day thousands of mothers search for their lost children in the hospitals, morgues and clandestine…

01 Sep 2017

ISIS Might be Defeated but the Challenge for Iraq is…

The Iraqi army and the various militias that support it, have stormed the town of Ayadiya,…

01 Sep 2017

Africa. Urban Conflicts Scenarios.

Analysts said that in the future conflicts (especially internal wars) will be fought more and more…

01 Sep 2017

Peru. Kuczynski, One Year Later. A Little To Show.

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski completed the first year of his term on July 28, with little…

01 Sep 2017

The Troubled Waters Of The Nile.

The basin of the Nile is the turf of different wars between the riverine states. The…

01 Aug 2017

Can Food Security Reduce Migration Flows?

Migration has become the main driver of EU’s development policies. Even food security policies are envisaged…

01 Aug 2017

Bahrain. A Pawn Between Saudi Arabia’s Insecurities and Iran’s Shiite.

Bahrain, known in Babylonian antiquity as Dilmun, is a small island Kingdom. It is in the…

01 Aug 2017

Indian and Pacific Oceans: The Last Mining Frontier.

Offshore mining is occurring in Namibia and in the Red Sea. But much more ambitious programs…

01 Aug 2017

Ukraine. The Forgotten War.

The military crisis between the government and pro-Russian militia is still producing tensions. But we mustn’t…

01 Jul 2017

The North Africa fight between AQIM and IS.

North Africa is one of the battlefields of the fight between the two major organizations within…

01 Jul 2017

Qatar Will Not Give in to Saudi Demands.

Qatar’s efforts to find a way to live in harmony with Iran was the drop that…

01 Jul 2017

Cameroon. The troublesome “Anglophone problem”.

Since November, a series of strikes and demonstrations in Cameroon have been affecting the North-east and…

01 Jul 2017

Mexico. The break-up of the drug cartels.

The formation of micro-cartels is superimposing itself on the traditional large drug cartels. The petrol trade,…

01 Jun 2017

Egypt’s two difficult and Self-Perpetuating Challenges.

Terrorist attacks, tension between al- Sisi’s regime and the Coptic minority, the emergence of new militant…

01 Jun 2017

Which Iran after Rouhani’s victory.

The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani won with an unexpected landslide victory in a fiercely contested re-election…

01 Jun 2017

Congo-Brazzaville. Pool rebels asphyxiate Brazzaville before the elections.

Parliament and local elections are scheduled sometime between June and August. But they take place in…

01 Jun 2017

Central Africa Region. Under threat of falling behind permanently,…

Central Africa is falling behind all the other regions of the continent and risks to lag…

01 May 2017

Botswana. Bushmen: in search of the lost land.

Ten years after a historic verdict, which, in theory, allowed the Bushmen of the Kalahari reserve…

01 May 2017

Lebanon’s renewed and fragile stability must still face many threats.

The new president will face many challenges among others the repatriation of Syrian refugees. The role…

01 May 2017

Ecuador. Moreno, elected president by a slight margin.

The candidate for the ruling Alianza PAÍS party won the election in the second round of…

01 May 2017

Great Lakes. Conflict minerals:Trump’s suspension of US legislation sparks outcry.

Donald Trump’s decision to suspend the conflict minerals legislation has sparked an outcry among mainly Western…

01 Apr 2017

Morocco. Rejoins the African Union in a surprise move.

In February, the Moroccan government surprised the international community after withdrawing its troops from the disputed…

01 Apr 2017

Latin America.War on the environmentalists.

A long list of ecologists who paid with their lives for their defense of the environment.…

01 Apr 2017

Kenya. Street Children. Operation Cleaning Up.

Street children in Kenya are often a nuisance to pedestrians and shopkeepers. They are also disliked…

01 Apr 2017

The Tunisian Paradox.

The Cradle of Secular Parliamentary Democracy Faces Daunting Obstacles. A risk to become a potential epicenter…

01 Mar 2017

DR Congo. The plundering of Congolese mines.

Month after month, new revelations show that the Congolese mines continue to be plundered by a…

01 Mar 2017

Philippines. Beyond the drugs war.

After he took office, the Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte, an outsider in Filipino political history, set…

01 Mar 2017

India. A newspaper by street kids

'Balaknama', a newspaper  that highlights the problems faced by Indian street children, but not only, the…

01 Mar 2017

2017. A year of presidential elections in Latin America.

Presidential elections will be held in Ecuador, Chile and Honduras. Results will shed more light on…

01 Feb 2017

North Africa/Europe. Intelligence collaboration

As jihadist terrorism escalates in Europe, the collaboration between Moroccan and Algerian intelligence services and those…

01 Feb 2017

DR.Congo. Forgotten conflicts threaten the implementation of elections roadmap.

Forgotten conflicts in the eastern half of the country are posing a serious threat for the…

01 Feb 2017

India/Pakistan. Troubled waters.

Kashmir, a region disputed by two nuclear powers: India and Pakistan. The territorial war has turned…

01 Feb 2017

Migration. Africans disappointed one year after the Valetta summit

One year after the EU-Africa summit on migration, disappointment and frustration are predominant among the priority…

01 Jan 2017

Bolivia. The visible and invisible shoeshiners

They cover their face behind balaclavas. Greasy hands and heads bowed. Meeting the shoeshiners in La…

01 Jan 2017

Reportage / Nigeria. A challenge to immigration

First woman in Nigeria to graduate in mechanical engineering, founder of 'Lady Initiative' that forms girls…

01 Jan 2017

Congo Basin. The biodiversity sanctuaries in danger

The Congo Forests are in danger. Biodiversity is declining and poaching persists even in Protected Areas.…

01 Jan 2017

The routes of migrants

Across the desert. In the grip of traffickers and military people. A long journey that can…

01 Dec 2016

Nicaragua. Elections: The great 'Farce'

President Daniel Ortega, wins the presidential elections for the third consecutive time. Without opposition, and alongside…

01 Dec 2016

The Solution to Syria’s War is Political and its Model…

Syria must borrow from Algeria to end its brutal internal war. Throughout the 1990’s (1992-2002), Algeria…

01 Dec 2016

Internet. Africa still lags behind other continents

While connectivity has sizeably improved on the continent, Africa lags nonetheless still far behind other parts…

01 Dec 2016

Yemen. The forgotten war

While The World’s Attention is on Syria, The United States is being drawn into another war…

01 Nov 2016

Ethiopia. Will the state of emergency calm the situation after…

The government has declared the state of emergency after the death of at least 52 people…

01 Nov 2016

Claw backs on democracy across East and Central Africa.

A wind of democratic claw backs on democratic gains is blowing across East and Central Africa.…

01 Nov 2016

Colombia. A leap into uncertainty.

The victory of the 'No' vote leaves Colombia in limbo. The country has no Plan B…

01 Nov 2016

Ebola. The World not ready to face another epidemics.

Research has made considerable progress but the world is not yet ready to face another epidemics,…

01 Oct 2016

South Africa: A future with many unknowns

Discontent with president Zuma is growing. In the last local election the ANC lost the main…

01 Oct 2016

Burundi. President defies the world.

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has defied internal and external pressure to hold talks with the opposition…

01 Oct 2016

Nigeria. Boko Haram’s terrorist group in deep crisis.

The dreaded jihadist group Boko Haram (BH) has received serious blows over the last months. Its…

01 Oct 2016

Senegal. A shelter for the talibés.

Issa Kouyaté is the Founder and Director of Maison de la Gare, a shelter in Senegal…

01 Sep 2016

DR. Congo. Storm warning for September

The Independent National Electoral Commission’s inability or unwillingness to convene the date of the presidential election…

01 Sep 2016

Philippines. The Lumad people: guardians of the earth.

Much of their land has been bought by multinationals and Filipino entrepreneurs. Nevertheless, the Lumad people…

01 Sep 2016

East Africa. Tanzania-Zambia Railway’s rehabilitation opens new perspectives.

China has recently announced it will rehabilitate the Tanzania-Zambia Railway, opening thus new development perspectives for…

01 Sep 2016

Angola. New mining frontiers

Angola which is over-reliant on oil and diamonds is beginning to diversify its economy through tapping…

01 Aug 2016

Brexit’s shockwave hits Africa

The decision by a majority of British citizens to leave the European Union has already started…

01 Aug 2016

Burkina Faso. The Koglweogo’s rough justice

The Burkina Faso authorities are tackling the threat posed by the self-defence militia groups referred to…

01 Aug 2016

Lebanon. Migrant reception: the figures

Lebanon, a country of slightly more than 4 million inhabitants, has been home to 1.2 million…

01 Aug 2016

Brazil. The mega-dam project threatening Brazil’s Amazon basin and its…

According to the recent Greenpeace report 'Damning the Amazon', the area around the basin of the…

01 Jul 2016

Malawi/Zambia. Children caught in a web of trafficking

Most children are trafficked both locally and internationally by gangs. We look at the situation in…

01 Jul 2016

Republic of Congo. Oil does not flow for the poor.

The country ranks among the  top five oil producers  of the African continent. The oil  and…

01 Jul 2016

Ivory Coast. Lost childhoods behind chocolate.

The number of children working in the cocoa fields continues to increase. Exploitation and hazardous labour…

01 Jul 2016

Africa. American mercenaries at the service of Chinese companies

Erik Prince, founder of the controversial private security contractor Blackwater to advise and support Chinese investments…

01 Jun 2016

Angola. In search of the lost billions.

According to the main opposition party, UNITA, over US $ 170 billion of oil revenues are…

01 Jun 2016

Lebanon. Bitter Cedars

The internal security is at high risk. The central institutions are moving towards extinction. Lebanon continues…

01 Jun 2016

El Niño. A new threat to Africa

Terrorism and internal conflicts are not the only threats to the stability of Africa. Some regions…

01 Jun 2016

The jihadist offensive in West Africa

The terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou (capital of Burkina Faso) and Grand Bassam (tourist region of Ivory…

01 May 2016

Peru. Keiko Fujimori can't avoid run-off election for the presidency.

Daughter of former dictator won first round and will face right-wing candidate Pedro Pablo Kuczynski for…

01 May 2016

DR of Congo. Ex-governor of Katanga in pole position for…

After Jean-Pierre Bemba’s condemnation by the International Criminal Court, last March, the ex-governor of Katanga is…

01 May 2016

Panama Papers. How and where, African leaders hide oil…

A number of African leaders have transferred revenues from oil and mining resources in tax havens.…

01 May 2016

Ethiopia. Boosting tourism in the “Land of origins”

The country is determined to expand tourism revenues threefold by 2020. But despite its unique heritage,…

01 Apr 2016

Honduras. To be killed anytime

Indigenous activist and defender of the environment and human rights, was murdered. But for people, 'Berta lives,…

01 Apr 2016

Malawi. Can the army save the forests from deforestation?

The Department of Forestry under the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining estimates that the…

01 Apr 2016

Taiwan. A strong message to China

Taiwan elected its first female president, in defiance of China's warning. Her toughest task: resisting pressure…

01 Apr 2016

Ethiopia. Government abandons Great Addis plans but Oromo anger remains.

Oromo people protests have forced the government to abandon its plans to displace thousands of people…

01 Mar 2016

Zika virus stimulated by climate change

Global warming and the phenomenon of El Niño are the breeding ground for the propagation of…

01 Mar 2016

Brazil. Death along the river.

The collapse of two dams has caused one of the greatest environmental disasters that has ever…

01 Mar 2016

SIPRI. African arms imports grew by 19 per cent over…

Between 2006–10 and 2011–15, major arms imports by states in Africa increased by 19 per cent,…

01 Mar 2016

Rwandan president to seek a third term

There is no more suspense over Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s intention to stand for a third…

01 Feb 2016

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