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Why protesters are fed up with Sudan’s tricky transition

A Sudanese demonstrator at a protest in the capital Khartoum. Ashraf Shazily/AFP via Getty Images

A Sudanese demonstrator at a protest in the capital Khartoum. Ashraf Shazily/AFP via Getty Images David E Kiwuwa, University of Nottingham In the last few days, tens of thousands of people have, once again, taken to the streets of Sudan’s major cities to demand “freedom, peace and justice”, the rallying cry for the protesters who ousted Omar al-Bashir in 2019. …

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There’s no shortage of players in Libya’s conflict. But few champions for peace

The peace process is at an impasse in Libya’s protracted civil conflict. Hazem Turkia/Anadolu via Getty Images Jacob Mundy, Colgate University The year-long battle for Tripoli has been heating up in recent weeks despite widespread calls for a ceasefire during Ramadan and the coronavirus pandemic. As the violence escalates and the number of foreigners involved in the fighting multipies, the …

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How the dimensions of human inequality affect who and what we are

A Black Lives Matter protester in Senegal. JOHN WESSELS/AFP via Getty Images

A Black Lives Matter protester in Senegal. JOHN WESSELS/AFP via Getty Images Göran Therborn, University of Cambridge What does it mean to be human today? It is an excellent starting point for thinking about human inequality. To be human, in an elementary sense, means three things. First, you are a sexed living organism, capable of feeling pain and pleasure and …

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Nile Basin states must build a flexible treaty. Here’s how

The Nile river in Cairo. Grant Faint/Getty Images

The Nile river in Cairo. Grant Faint/Getty Images Mahemud Tekuya, University of the Pacific Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt are a step closer to resolving their disputes over the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The dam – a huge project on one of the River Nile’s main tributaries, the Blue Nile in Ethiopia – is designed to …

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Academic freedom is sacrosanct. But so is ethical responsibility

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shutterstock. Jimi Adesina, University of South Africa In 1990 CODESRIA, Africa’s premier social science council, organised a conference in Kampala, Uganda, on academic freedom. The conference was against the backdrop of mounting harassment of academics on the continent. They were subjected to travel restrictions in some countries, arrest, detention, and sometimes even assassination. The idea of defence of specific rights …

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