Politics

Why is nobody talking about terror in Mozambique?

Mozambican Tomás Queface shines a light on the new front in the battle against Islamic State-backed jihadists. An insurgency is going on in northern Mozambique. Armed men affiliated with Islamic State, but driven by local dynamics, have been carrying out…

Banks warn against South Africa land reform bill

As a proposal to seize white-owned farms looks set to upend Mandela’s post-apartheid vision, businesses warn it puts more than just race relations in jeopardy. By Donald Paul in Cape Town. The so-called ‘willing buyer, willing seller’ model negotiated by…

Liberia’s civil wars back in the spotlight

Seventeen years after the Liberian conflict ended, victims are still fighting for justice. By Jonathan Paye-Layleh in Monrovia. More than a quarter of a million people were killed and a million others displaced during the 14-year, back-to-back civil wars that…

Was Tanzania vindicated on Covid testing claims?

A scientist with a PhD in chemistry, President Magufuli abandoned Covid-19 testing after his own trials allegedly showed fruit juice and engine oil testing positive for the virus. Yet despite being widely ridiculed at the time, many are asking whether…

Magufuli’s Covid response saved thousands of lives 

He may have been ridiculed in the West for rejecting lockdowns and encouraging prayer-a-thons. But as ex-World Health Organization scientist Dr David Bell explains, Tanzania's late president John Magufuli is not seen as a pariah by many in the scientific…

Western populists risk killing safari industry 

With the West imposing Covid-19 quarantine laws against travellers from Africa, the future of the continent’s lucrative safari industry hangs in the balance. And, as Britt Collins discovers, a collapse in tourist numbers not only risks pushing millions into poverty,…
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