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Simon Allison

Simon Allison

    UN cutback plan ‘betrays’ Darfur
    UN cutback plan ‘betrays’ Darfur
    After nearly a decade of trying to keep the peace in Darfur, the United Nations and the African Union believe they are seeing light at the end of...
    ‘I’m the kidnap king,’ brags nabbed Nigerian
    ‘I’m the kidnap king,’ brags nabbed Nigerian
    Chukwudi Dumeme Onua-madike has forgotten how many people he has kidnapped, or who they were. The infamous crime boss, who goes by the unglamorous...
    Africa on the Horn of a dilemma
    Africa on the Horn of a dilemma
    When Saudi Arabia and its allies severed diplomatic relations with Qatar earlier this month, the fate of Ras Doumeira is unlikely to have figured...
    ​Gulf crisis reverberates through the Horn of Africa
    ​Gulf crisis reverberates through the Horn of Africa
    When Saudi Arabia and its allies severed diplomatic relations with Qatar earlier this month, the fate of the Ras Doumeira is unlikely to have...
    Mysterious murder casts dark shadows over the Mountain Kingdom
    Mysterious murder casts dark shadows over the Mountain Kingdom
    We don’t know who murdered Lipolelo Thabane, the estranged wife of incoming Prime Minister Thomas Thabane. We don’t know why she was murdered....
    Who is Thomas Thabane, and why is Lesotho’s army so scared of him?
    Who is Thomas Thabane, and why is Lesotho’s army so scared of him?
    Thomas Thabane’s house, a sprawling property on a hill overlooking central Maseru, is the house of a man who does not expect to live there long....
    Toivo ya Toivo was more than a Namibian hero
    Toivo ya Toivo was more than a Namibian hero
    In South Africa, we too easily forget that our troubled history is not, and has never been, confined within the borders of the republic.
    The ‘crazy bottle’ guy builds plastic houses
    The ‘crazy bottle’ guy builds plastic houses
    You would think, after all these years of trying, that humans would have perfected the art of building a house. You would be wrong.
    Diane vs Rwanda’s Goliath
    Diane vs Rwanda’s Goliath
    It takes a few weeks to arrange an interview with Diane Rwigara. The 35-year-old businesswoman and now politician is busy, and who can blame her?...
    The continent enters the Robot Age
    The continent enters the Robot Age
    Science fiction writers predicted robots. They didn’t predict that they would look so boring. At the Africa Automation Fair in Johannesburg this...
    Lesotho’s Groundhog Day election
    Lesotho’s Groundhog Day election
    There is such a thing as too much democracy. For proof, look no further than tiny, landlocked Lesotho, which is about to hold its third general...
    The Lunatic Express rides again
    The Lunatic Express rides again
    In 1895, in a fit of colonial hubris, construction began on a railway line that would link the port of Mombasa with the rest of British East...