Friday, June 2, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - Nigeria: How to solve a problem like Biafra

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Lesotho's 3 June snap elections explained

Tomorrow, Lesotho votes in general elections for the third time since 2012. The small southern African country faces various urgent challenges, but it is electioneering and jostling for position rather than these issues that are at the forefront of the campaigns.

Who are the contenders? Why is Lesotho holding elections again? What's at the root of the political turmoil?

Nigeria: How to solve a problem like Biafra

On Tuesday, the 50th anniversary of the declaration of Biafran independence, there were widespread protests in Nigeria's south-east as many people stayed at home. Half a century after the start of the war, calls for secession are growing once again.

Politically, economically and socially, many Igbo feel marginalised. And the government's hardline stance is not helping.

Gold, guns and China: Ghana vs. Galamsey

"Galamsey" refers to illegal, artisanal gold mining, and for months now, it has dominated the headlines in Ghana. The illicit industry has grown massively in recent years, attracting an estimated 50,000 miners from China. It has led to rising crime and huge sums of lost revenue, but also created many jobs.

The new government has overseen a range of efforts to combat galamsey, but will it be enough?

The movement striking fear into Congo's elite

With 63% of the DR Congo's population under 25, the youth are a powerful force. One group mobilising this potential for driving change is Lucha.

Neither a political party nor an NGO, Lucha sits outside traditional civil society and distrusts it. It organises in innovative ways both locally and nationally. And it is striking fear into the heart of the Congo's elite. 

Macron and the Maghreb

France's relationship with its former colonies in North Africa probably won't be one of the priorities of new president Emmanuel Macron.

But perhaps it should be. Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia all face political, economic and security concerns that will affect France, Europe and the wider world.

Where's Africa in China's Belt and Road project?

China recently convened a summit focused on its huge, world-encompassing trade vision known as Belt and Road. This could be transformative for many of the countries included in the plans.

But where does Africa fit into the mega project?

Legal invisibility was the best thing to happen to me

"Undocumented migrants contribute enormously to the economies of the so-called Global North as cheap labour, yet they are spurned by those who benefit most from this informal system of exploitation. 

Contrary to popular imagination, most migrants – undocumented and documented alike – are not leeches feeding off a system of finite resources reserved for non-migrants."

Most read articles on African Arguments this week:

1) Nigeria: How to solve a problem like Biafra
2) Where's Africa in China's mega Belt and Road project?
3) Biafra 50 years on: Remembering, regretting, repeating history?
4) "Otherwise we'll have to go to war": Somaliland demands recognition 26 years on
5) Gold, guns and China: Ghana's fight to end galamsey

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