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August 29, 2017  Sierra Leone: Hard Lessons from Disaster
    "The calamity that struck Sierra Leone on Aug. 14, when Sugarloaf, the conical mountain overlooking the capital, Freetown, collapsed in a mudslide that swept away buildings and killed at least 400 people, was shocking but not entirely surprisingly. It is important to be blunt: The tragedy was entirely man-made." - Lansana Gberie

August 23, 2017  USA/Africa: No Policy? Bad Policy? Or Both?
    "Africa is terra incognita for the Trump Administration: a continent it cares little--and understands even less--about. With no dyed-in-the-wool Trumpian Africa hands available, the administration appears ready to cede Africa policy making to career civil servants and a few mainstream Republican appointees." - Matthew T. Page

August 8, 2017  Africa: Bridge to Education, or to Nowhere?
    "When Liberia's Minister of Education, George Werner, announced last spring that he was inviting foreign education companies and non-profits to run our public schools, our country came under the international spotlight, both in Western media and for education activists. ... Quickly, Liberia was turned into a battlefield between those who see for-profit 'charter' schools as the solution to the problems that plague public education across the world, and those of us who point to underinvestment and poor management as the true culprits." - Mary Mulbah, president, National Teachers' Association of Liberia

July 31, 2017  Africa: Visa Openness on the Agenda?
   

Editor's Note

"For now, however, crossing borders remains a painful experience for most Africans. ... On average, Africans need a visa to travel to 54% of the continent's countries; it's easier for Americans to travel around Africa than it is for Africans themselves. So far, the AU has issued its single African passport only to heads of state and senior AU officials." - The Economist

July 24, 2017  Kenya: Pre-election Commentaries, 2
    "As the election draws closer, Kenyans are reminded how sexist and patriarchal their society has remained. Choosing to run is a particularly difficult decision for a woman and her family. Campaigning is often marked by violence directed at women candidates. ... The agitation for a greater political role for women led to progressive legal frameworks. But historical prejudices have ensured that a bill that would enshrine the law has twice failed to get the numbers in a male-dominated House." - Beatrice Akala

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    USA/Africa: "Pro-Death" Health Agendas Advance
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    Nigeria: Corruption Undercuts Boko Haram Fight
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    Africa/Global: Whose Energy?
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    Africa: World Bank Financing Land Grabs
April 25, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Media Repression 2.0
April 25, 2017  
    Zambia: From Democracy to Dictatorship?
April 17, 2017  
    Africa/Global: New Reports Show Massive Tax Losses
April 10, 2017  
    Africa: African Feminism Past and Present
April 3, 2017  
    South Africa: Rising Outcry for Zuma to Go
March 28, 2017  
    Liberia: Mining, Displacement, and the World Bank
March 21, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Scaling Up Solar
March 14, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Invisible Crises, Failing Safety Nets
March 6, 2017  
    South Africa: Targeting Immigrants, Again
February 28, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Open Data for Tax Justice
February 20, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Agribusiness Giants on Merger Path
February 12, 2017  
    Congo (Kinshasa): Tshisekedi Place Hard to Fill
February 7, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Transparency Setback, African Agendas

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