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New essay series on U.S. elections, by AfricaFocus Editor William Minter

July 18, 2018 - "10 Ways to Misunderstand the Trump Election"
July 18, 2018 - "The Electoral College: How the System is Rigged and How to Change It"
July 30, 2018 - "Why Voter Suppression Matters More Than You Think"

July 30, 2018  East Africa: Ethiopia/Eritrea Peace Hopes, Cautions
    For those seeking good news from Africa, there is no better recent example than the dramatic rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Pictures and videos of the overjoyed crowds in Asmara and Addis Ababa greeting the other country's leaders on mutual visits circulated rapidly on social media as well as in international news coverage.

July 18, 2018  Africa/Global: 10 Ways to Misunderstand the Trump Election, and Why They Still Matter
    The weeks following the November 2016 election were rife with competing theories about how the unthinkable, in fact, happened. Pundits and analysts, not to mention ordinary people on social media, were quick to reduce the election results to some single factor that they insisted was to blame for handing the presidency to Trump. As the November 2018 midterm elections approach, the debate is both muted and more nuanced. But simplistic explanations still circulate and have their consequences. Deepening the analysis is as critical as ever, not for deciding whom to blame, but rather for debating the implications for action now.

June 20, 2018  Congo (Kinshasa): Ebola Response Shows Lessons Learned
    The Democratic Republic of Congo has extensive experience in successfully containing Ebola outbreaks (the one which was reported in May is the ninth since the first in 1976). But this one, with cases in Mbandaka, a river-port city of over one million people on the country's western border, raised the nightmare scenario of spreading to other river-port cities such as the capital Kinshasa (over 11 million people), as well as Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo, and Bangui in the Central African Republic. But, although victory is not assured, so far the response by national and international health agencies has been a model of applying lessons learned.

June 4, 2018  West Africa/Global: Tax Evasion without Borders
    "On paper, the company that engineered and built the [$50 million mineral sands] processing plant [in Senegal] was SNC Lavalin-Mauritius Ltd, a local division of SNC Lavalin [Canada]. In reality, SNC Lavalin-Mauritius wasn’t involved. It was a shell, created for the specific purpose of helping the engineering giant avoid tax payments. The company had no construction equipment and no office of its own. It operated from inside the Mauritius office of the offshoring law firm Appleby, which helped SNCLavalin create the shell company." - West Africa Leaks

May 21, 2018  Namibia/Africa: Afrobarometer Insights
    In Namibia in 2014, the ruling SWAPO party decided to adopt a 50-50 gender quota for its representatives in the National Assembly. This brought the representation of women in the National Assembly to 41% in the election that year (more than twice the current 19% of women in the U.S. House of Representatives). Recent survey results show that the move has proved highly popular in Namibia, with 71% of women and 68% of men saying that such a quota should be mandated for all political parties.

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AfricaFocus Archive: by date | by place | by topic

May   7, 2018  
    USA/Africa: Achieving 100% Renewable Energy
May   7, 2018  
    USA/Africa: Renewable Energy Advances on Many Fronts
April 23, 2018  
    Ethiopia: Wax, Gold, and "Ethiopianness"
April 9, 2018  
    Africa: Storybooks in African Languages
March 26, 2018  
    Zimbabwe: Women Continue Protest at Hwange Coal
March 12, 2018  
    Africa/Global: Charting Where They Hide the Money, 2
March 12, 2018  
    Africa/Global: Charting Where They Hide the Money, 1
February 26, 2018  
    Nigeria/Global: Promising Potential for Solar Mini-Grids
February 12, 2018  
    Sudan: Perilous Crossroads on Refugee Map
January 29, 2018  
    Africa/Global: Humanitarian Attention Deficits
January 15, 2018  
    South Africa/USA: Inequality is Extreme and Still Rising
January 15, 2018  
    Africa/Global: World Trends in Inequality
December 18, 2017  
    Cameroon: Speech, Rights, and Aging Autocracy
December 11, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Paradise Papers, Plus
November 27, 2017  
    Zimbabwe: After Mugabe, Looking Forward
November 27, 2017  
    Zimbabwe: After Mugabe, Looking Back
November 13, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Counterproductive Counterterrorism
November 13, 2017  
    USA/Sahel: Questions Asked, Unasked, Half-Answered
October 30, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Recent Books Read & Recommended
October 19, 2017  
    Somalia: Not Only a Somali Tragedy
October 9, 2017  
    Africa/Global: Tobacco Industry Targets Africa Markets
September 25, 2017  
    Africa/Global: How Women Lose from Tax Injustice

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