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Simon Allison

Simon Allison

    Southern Africa’s human rights problem
    Southern Africa’s human rights problem
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    ​Africa for pessimists: 2017 in review
    ​Africa for pessimists: 2017 in review
    This has been another tough year for the world, and the African continent has endured more than its fair share of conflict and crises. These...
    ​Africa for optimists: 2017 in review
    ​Africa for optimists: 2017 in review
    It’s easy to get beaten down by negative headlines, and there are more than enough of those to go around. But look carefully and 2017 has...
    A tourist’s guide to Bangui
    A tourist’s guide to Bangui
    The receptionist at the Hotel Ledger, the closest thing to a five-star establishment in Bangui, looks at me quizzically and asks me to repeat...
    Mnangagwa tightens grip on power
    Mnangagwa tightens grip on power
    It’s early days yet, but already the outlines of the post-Robert Mugabe era in Zimbabwe — an unimaginable thought just a month ago —...
    Central African Republic: The  state that doesn’t exist
    Central African Republic: The state that doesn’t exist
    Even in its best days, the CAR was never much of a state. But since the outbreak of civil war in 2013, the government has all but ceased to...
    Kenya’s woes far from over after Kenyatta’s ‘coronation’
    Kenya’s woes far from over after Kenyatta’s ‘coronation’
    The 60 000-seater Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi overflowed on Tuesday with supporters of Uhuru Kenyatta, who was inaugurated again — in...
    Can an old croc learn new tricks?
    Can an old croc learn new tricks?
    For those hoping that Zimbabwe’s new president would represent a decisive break with the past, Emmerson Mnangagwa’s first official proclamations are not encouraging. ...
    Gukurahundi ghosts haunt Mnangagwa
    Gukurahundi ghosts haunt Mnangagwa
    On March 5 1983, at a rally in Victoria Falls, Emmerson Mnangagwa delivered a threat, using language that would be echoed 11 years later by the...
    A broken museum, in a broken country: Meet the man trying to save CAR's history
    A broken museum, in a broken country: Meet the man trying to save CAR's history
    The national museum of the Central African Republic has seen better days.
    The rise and fall of Mugabe’s Instagram playboys
    The rise and fall of Mugabe’s Instagram playboys
    Just imagine: one day, you’re a typical dictator’s son, with the fancy cars, VIP access and high-end champagne to prove it. The next day, daddy...
    After Mugabe, what next?
    After Mugabe, what next?
    Even now, with Robert Mugabe surrounded by his own tanks and staring into the post-presidential abyss, Zimbabweans can scarcely believe that his...