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Tag Archives: Africa

What’s holding Arab women back from achieving equality?

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Lina Abirafeh, Lebanese American University No country in the world has achieved full gender equality, but the Arab region – a diverse grouping of 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa – ranks lowest in the world, according to the 2016 Global Gender Gap Report. Despite some advances in women’s economic equality in Qatar, Algeria and the United …

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Malaria: new map shows which areas will be at risk because of global warming

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mycteria / shutterstock Mark Smith, University of Leeds and Chris Thomas, University of Lincoln Of an estimated 228 million cases of malaria worldwide each year, around 93% are in Africa. This proportion is more or less the same for the 405,000 malaria deaths globally. That’s why there are huge efforts underway to provide detailed maps of current malaria cases in …

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The AU’s peace and security architecture: filling the gaps

African leaders at the 33rd African Union Heads of State Summit at the headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in February 2020.

African leaders at the 33rd African Union Heads of State Summit at the headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in February 2020. Dominique Mystris, University of Pretoria Since its inception in 2002 the African Union has been under pressure to resolve the extensive peace and security challenges facing the continent. In particular, it’s tried to address the limitations faced by its …

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Plans for a dam across the Nile triggered a war in 1956: will it happen again?

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The High Dam in Aswan, Egypt. Getty Images Mike Muller, University of the Witwatersrand Over the past decade, observers have watched with trepidation as tensions increased between Egypt and Ethiopia over the construction of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River. Egyptian politicians have publicly threatened war to defend what they see as their existential interest – …

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legacy”>Public outrage deters Al-Shabaab more than counter-terror efforts. Here’s why

Hundreds gather for prayer at the scene of a massive truck bomb attack in Mogadishu in October 2017, the deadliest to hit conflict-torn Somalia.

Hundreds gather for prayer at the scene of a massive truck bomb attack in Mogadishu in October 2017, the deadliest to hit conflict-torn Somalia. Mohammed Ibrahim Shire, University of Portsmouth In September 2014, a US drone strike killed Al-Shabaab’s most influential leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane. The immediate assumption was that Godane’s death would weaken the group and reduce its capacity …

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Why a one-size-fits-all approach to COVID-19 could have lethal consequences

A deserted street in Cairo after the government ordered the closure of shops, restaurants and cafes. Photo by Ziad Ahmed/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A deserted street in Cairo after the government ordered the closure of shops, restaurants and cafes. Photo by Ziad Ahmed/NurPhoto via Getty Images Alex Broadbent, University of Johannesburg and Benjamin T H Smart, University of Johannesburg Suppose you had the choice between two health policies, A and B. Policy A would result in the death of a lot of elderly …

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University education in refugee camps must meet refugee needs

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Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. TONY KARUMBA/AFP/GettyImages Paul O’Keeffe, Université de Genève and Abdeljalil Akkari, Université de Genève In recent years there’s been an increasing demand for higher education in refugee camps across Africa. This is because young people in camps (or coming into camps) are finishing school or looking for something to do, and because humanitarian-development initiatives promote education …

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Idir: how a song from the village took Algerian music to the world

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David Wolff-Patrick/WireImage/Getty Images Jane E. Goodman, Indiana University In the 1990s I had the good fortune to meet with the late Algerian singing star Idir (Hamid Cheriet 1949-2020). We chatted for several hours in a café outside the Berber Cultural Association in Paris. I was doing research on what by then was called New Kabyle Song (la nouvelle chanson Kabyle). …

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Darfur: how historical patterns of conflict are haunting current violence

A demonstrator stands with a sign reading: “Demands: sack the local authority, disarm militias, protect citizens, cattle, and farmland, and end friction between farmers and shepherds”, during a protest in Central Darfur. Ashraf Shazly/AFP via Getty Images

A demonstrator stands with a sign reading: “Demands: sack the local authority, disarm militias, protect citizens, cattle, and farmland, and end friction between farmers and shepherds”, during a protest in Central Darfur. Ashraf Shazly/AFP via Getty Images Tsega Etefa, Colgate University After relative peace, violence has returned to Darfur. In July alone, more than 60 people were killed, according to …

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