Politics

Understanding the military takeover in #Zimbabwe

LSE researcher McDonald Lewanika analyses the evolving situation in Zimbabwe.

It is almost certain that a coup d’état has been staged in Zimbabwe, although the army denies it. However, we should be debating what type of coup d’état this is.

While this military takeover has the hallmarks of a ‘guardian coup’¹ – the military announcement about dealing with corrupt elements around […]

Let’s talk about neo-colonialism in Africa

In this article, Mark Langan of Newcastle University re-engages the concept of ‘neo-colonialism’ to make sense of the ongoing cycle of poverty in Africa and the failure of development.

 

Neo-colonialism has wrongly lost currency as a concept for examining African ‘development’. This is reflective of university environments in which politer debate about global value chains or the misrule of the ‘Big […]

  • Permalink Locals line up at a polling station near Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana
Photo Credit: Eileen Delhi via Flickr (http://bit.ly/2gtTXkf) CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Gallery

    The impact of parliamentary debates on Ghana’s 2016 elections

The impact of parliamentary debates on Ghana’s 2016 elections

Both televised and radio debates increase informed and tolerant voter behaviour, boding well for peaceful elections in young democracies, say Sarah Brierly, Eric Kramon and George Ofosu.

Electoral debates have a long history in democratic politics. The most famous such event was the televised interaction between Kennedy and Nixon in 1960. Today, debates are held in over 60 countries across […]

  • Mobutu Sese Seko and Richard Nixon in Washington DC in October 1973
    Permalink Mobutu Sese Seko meets with Richard Nixon in Washington DC in 1973, one of a number of US Presidents whom he befriendedGallery

    In the Shadow of the ‘Great Helmsman’: Mobutu Sese Seko’s Life and Legacy in the DR Congo

In the Shadow of the ‘Great Helmsman’: Mobutu Sese Seko’s Life and Legacy in the DR Congo

On the 20th anniversary of Mobutu Sese Seko’s death, Reuben Loffman examines the life and legacy of one of Africa’s most prominent leaders.

Today marks twenty years since the death of Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga (the all-powerful warrior who goes from conquest to conquest leaving fire in his wake) who ruled what is now the Democratic […]

  • Permalink Liberia President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf speaks at an Addis Ababa meeting in May 2013 Photo Credit: Africa Progress Panel via Flickr  CC BY 2.0Gallery

    Is Liberia’s Sirleaf really standing up for women? #LiberiaDecides

Is Liberia’s Sirleaf really standing up for women? #LiberiaDecides

Robtel Neajai Pailey and Korto Reeves Williams say that President Sirleaf’s promise to campaign for women candidates in Liberia’s upcoming elections comes too little, too late.
In a public statement earlier in August 2017, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Africa’s first woman elected head of state – vowed to campaign actively for female candidates running in presidential and legislative elections in […]

  • Permalink Laurent Gbagbo addresses the UN while still President of Ivory Coast in 2009 Photo Credit: UN Photo via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Gallery

    The Effects of Laurent Gbagbo’s ICC Detention Reveal the Degree of Personal Politics in Ivory Coast

The Effects of Laurent Gbagbo’s ICC Detention Reveal the Degree of Personal Politics in Ivory Coast

Bianca Moiceanu argues that despite the unlikelihood that former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo will be released from the ICC, the controversy surrounding him fuels a broader conversation on the link between powerful rulers in Africa and violence. It is important to consider human agency and the influence of political personalities alongside structural factors when explaining violence.

 

On 19 July […]

Social media fuels tribal hate after #ElectionsKE

Verah Okeyo discusses how hashtags created as a tool for campaigning on social media became a forum to spread ethnic hatred. This article is part of our African Elections series.

 

Kenya’s internet penetration stands at 88 per cent, arguably the highest in Africa, a technological advantage that has been used in the recent general election to perpetuate tribal hate.

Hashtags that […]

Ghana Must Go: Containing The Mayhem of #Migration

Diana Olaleye tells the story behind the famous ‘Ghana Must Go’ bag.

It is chequered. It is sturdy. It is used worldwide. There is some contention as to whether it can be deemed highly fashionable, but it gains some cool points for being waterproof and available in more than one set of colours. For many, it merely serves the primary function […]

  • Permalink Campaign posters of county candidates in Machakos County Photo credit: Alex DyzenhausGallery

    Why Local Concerns will Dominate Kenya’s Elections #ElectionsKE 2017

Why Local Concerns will Dominate Kenya’s Elections #ElectionsKE 2017

Mai Hassan and Alex Dyzenhaus explain how devolution of power to Kenya’s 47 counties is transforming the 2017 elections.

This article is part of our African Elections series.

On August 8, Kenyans will go to the polls.  Much attention has focused on the national race between the two main presidential competitors: incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee Party and Raila Odinga heading […]

  • Permalink Photo credit: Gongashan via Flickr (http://bit.ly/2tZRt8b) CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Gallery

    After his comments about African mothers, are we finally realising that Macron isn’t that liberal after all?

After his comments about African mothers, are we finally realising that Macron isn’t that liberal after all?

‘Seven or eight children per woman,’ were Macron’s exact words, as he rehearsed a canard that is particularly popular among nostalgic colonialists who still speak of the Dark Continent. Nabila Ramdani examines what these comments tell us about the new French leader.

Social media lynchings are as hyperbolic as they sound, but Emmanuel Macron got all the metaphorical violence he deserved […]

Bad Behavior has blocked 2000 access attempts in the last 7 days.