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Maaza Mengiste: ‘We are now catching up with the past’

As war drums beat again in Ethiopia, author Maaza Mengiste finds new language to memorialise the Second Italo-Ethiopian War

Viral authoritarianism during the Covid-19 pandemic

Authoritarian leaders have often used natural disasters to tighten their grasp on power. We are seeing the same happen during the coronavirus crisis, in dictatorships and democracies alike

The pandemic is being used to erode democratic freedoms. Civil society must fight back

Both authoritarian and democratic governments are responding to the coronavirus crisis by instituting frightening new powers

Democracy and charisma: A dangerous liaison

In India and the Philippines, strongmen have consolidated immense power through democratic means. How do we explain this?

What comes after nationalism in Africa? A luta continua

There are a number of cases in the past decade where Africans have managed to push the conversation beyond liberal reforms as a political...

How colonial rule predisposed Africa to fragile authoritarianism

The unstable pathway many post-colonial African states followed was facilitated by the way in which European empires undermined democratic elements

Hong Kong protesters walk tightrope between peace and violence

While millions have hit the streets in remarkable scenes of peaceful people power, protests have also sunk into violence

South Africa must avoid authoritarian solutions

A nationalistic, gangster political faction is ready to exploit the crisis created by social inequality

It’s not right for SA’s left to reject elections

Elections can be used to build a movement that advances a democratic socialist alternative

Misleading myth of truth commissions

Other African countries should not be so quick to blindly copy South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission model

Tanzania’s latest clampdown takes decades of repression to new lows

In Tanzania today, political space has shrunk to the point where protests are suppressed before they emerge

Presidential term limits: Slippery slope back to authoritarianism in Africa

More leaders in more African countries will abolish term limits unless organisations like the African Union take action

Red flags of authoritarian creep

"You should care about the connection between reduced media freedom and a weaker democracy"

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