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Sub-Saharan Africa

Zimbabwe’s Economy, Africa’s Economy

Robert Mugabe has stepped in to try to staunch the bleeding in the Zim economy. But like just about everything he does when it comes to his country, his methods are dubious. This time around he is taking a strong stand in intervening in the economy, which includes increased nationalization of industries and the expansion […]

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More on Crime

Opposition parties are making hay out of recent crime statistics indicating that some forms of crime are on the rise: “We are alarmed at the increase in murder (2,4 percent), the 118 percent increase in bank robberies, 52,5 percent increase in robberies at business premises, the 21,9 percent increase in cash-in-transit heists, and the sharp […]

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Fair Vanity

One does not usually look to Vanity Fair for gravitas, much less for edifying coverage of Africa. Nonetheless, the July issue, including the VF website, invited U2's Bono to be guest editor of a special issue devoted to Africa. There is more than enough pop ephemera contained within this special edition, to be sure, but there […]

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More South Africa Headlines

The ANC Policy Conference in Midrand wraps up today after three days of political dialogue that the Mail & Guardian has described as “robust.” Despite Thabo Mbeki's protests that things have not been too robust, certain issues that we have discussed here before — succession, the linkage between the party leadership and the national presidency — […]

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Africa Quick Hits

Your faithful scribe is almost but not quite back home and thus to something resembling normalcy. Full-scale blogging should resume next week. In the meantime, here are some Africa-related links: In Zimbabwe the Interception of Communications Bill only awaits Robert Mugabe's signature. My guess is he's thrilled to do so, helping seal Zimbabwe's totalitarian status. Meanwhile MacDonald Dzirutwe avers […]

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Africa’s Exploding Urban Population

The United Nations Population Fund speculates that the urban population of Africa will more than double in the next quarter century. Obviously the ripple effects of this would be serious. It's probably worth pointing out that dire population predictions have something of a mixed history, but the UNPF report indicates that 80% of the world's […]

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All Blacks v. Springboks: The Haka Wins Round One

The Gods of sport can be cruel; they surely have a well-developed sense of timing. A week after South Africa came from behind to beat a surprisingly game Australia team in their first meeting in this year's rugby Tri-Nations competition, the Springboks succumbed to a resilient New Zealand All Blacks squad, which scored two tries […]

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News Updates

A couple of stories worth following as your faithful scribe continues his honeymoon on the west coast of British Columbia:  A recent UN report indicates that human trafficking is on the rise in East Africa. Hopes for peace in Sudan ebb and flow, wax and wane. Right now they flow and wax. Not to be pessimistic, […]

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Strikes in Nigeria

First South African workers become embroiled in a general strike the end of which is not in sight. Now it appears that Nigerian workers are set to embark on their own general strike. The Nigerian strikes will be the result of rising fuel costs, an increase in Value Added Taxes, and the sale of government-owned […]

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First Tri-Nations, Then the World Cup?

First Tri-Nations, Then the World Cup?

  South African rugby coach Jake White leads South African optimism about this weekend's Tri-Nations clash with their biggest rivals, the All Blacks of New Zealand, arguing that his team respects but does not fear their haka-dancing foes.  In terms of their preparations the Springboks are treating this weekend like the World Cup Finals.  As a […]

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Headlines

Here is a quick roundup of news stories this morning: For three different perspectives on the general strike in South Africa see this story in the Mail & Guardian,  this from Green Left, and this from The Sowetan. (Hat tip to Peter Limb at H-SAfrica.)  See also this story from All Africa. And for concerns […]

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News Quick Hits: Freedom Day Edition

Just some quick headlines from today: The Springboks defeated Australia today in a nailbiter, 22-19, in the first leg of this year's Tri-Nations. The Wallabies led 16-10 at the half and put up a more spirited front than most experts anticipated. Author Ronald Suresh Roberts has published his long-awaited bography of Thabo Mbeki. The Star has […]

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Zimbabwe’s Parliament Enables Mugabe

Zimbabwe's lower house of Parliament on Wednesday passed the Interception of Communications Bill, which would allow the government to monitor phones, the internet, and the mail in the interests of “public security.” Opposition leaders, such as those from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), have mouthed platitudes about protecting the country from terrorist threats (as […]

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Chinua Achebe and the Man Booker Prize

Dwight Garner reports in his blog on books for The New York Times, “Paper Cuts,” that Chinua Achebe has been honored with the Man Booker Prize. The recognition is long overdue.

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Zim’s Impending Collapse?

Could Zimbabwe be on the verge of collapse, possibly within the next six months? That is what a recent report indicates. With collapse or its threat might come a State of Emergency. Of courses states of emergency are as often politically derived as they are reflections of actual emergency. One envisions Robert Mugabe invoking emergency […]

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