POLITICS

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Burundi’s referendum is another nail in the coffin of a once hopeful peace

If today’s vote goes President Nkurunziza’s way – as it almost certainly will – more of Burundi’s hard-won...

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Joyce Banda’s return shakes up Malawi’s already shaky politics

The many contradictory rumours about the former president’s plans and potential alliances highlight the unstable nature of Malawi’s...

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Reigning men: Where are all the women in this new Zimbabwe?

In the top circles of both the ruling ZANU-PF and opposition MDC, women are now almost nowhere to...

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“There isn’t any”: Tanzania’s land myth and the brave New Alliance

Tanzania claims to have abundant unused land to attract investors. But as tensions over resources grow, farmers, pastoralists...

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Meet some of the foot soldiers in Nigeria’s quiet gender revolution

From politics to grassroots campaigning to online spaces, women in Nigeria are mobilising and speaking out. Here are...

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Toxic masculinity and the spread of HIV in Uganda

In Uganda, HIV prevalence is four times higher among young women than young men. Yusuf Byaruhanga and Israel...

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Zimbabwe: Why President Mnangagwa never takes off his scarf

Activists’ use of #ThisFlag and the president’s use of #ThisScarf look the same, but they couldn’t be more...

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Why Buhari likes Trump, Africa’s next female president, and much more

Welcome to a special free edition of The Insiders’ Newsletter! Every week, our eagle-eyed team of journalists and...

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Liberia’s President Weah 100 days in: Promises made, promises kept?

George Weah was elected to office vowing to usher in widespread change. How’s he faring so far? 100...

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How an unrecognised state’s port deal could shift dynamics across the Horn

Despite Somalia’s protestations, DP World and Somaliland are set to expand Berbera port. Some in the neighbourhood are...