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Are Term Limits and Mandatory Political Changeover Really in the Interest of African Nations?

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:31:28 +0000

In countries with few leading figures capable of securing the role of head of state, constitutionally mandated political changeover can be a real constraint on the political process.

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Djibouti: At the Heart of the Fight Against Islamic Extremism in the Horn of Africa

Sat, 13 Jun 2015 19:49:24 +0000

Regional instability is a weight around strategically-located Djibouti's neck. But it is also a key source of income for the impoverished country.

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Djibouti's Young People Look to Burkina Faso to Pave Their Own Democratic Way

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 22:18:01 +0000

On November 3, the Opposition Youth Movement marched in the streets of Djibouti City against the country's 15-year leader Ismaïl Omar Guelleh.

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Are ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ Outdated Terms in African Politics?

Sun, 16 Mar 2014 22:50:16 +0000

The cold war defined post-colonial African politics with its left vs right dichotomy. But is it still relevant for the continent today ?

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5 Energy Treasures in Africa You Haven't Heard About

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:20:22 +0000

Most African countries still suffer frequent power outages which inhibit economic growth. They are not, however, lacking in resources. This post outlines some of those least known in Africa.

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Djibouti: Arrests follow ‘Democratic’ Elections

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 04:50:12 +0000

Several opposition leaders were arrested in Djibouti after demonstrations which followed the February 22, 2013 general elections. The elections saw yet another victory for the party in power, the People's Rally for Progress. President Ismail Omar Guelleh, who has ruled since 1999, received 80% of votes cast, leading to allegations of fraud on a massive scale. Arrests were still continuing at the time of writing, April 2013.

Gabon to Mali: History of French Military Interventions in Africa

Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:47:58 +0000

The French military intervention in Mali, known as Operation Serval started on January 11 following the advance of terrorists groups towards Bamako. Lauded by a substantial part of the Malian population and many outside observers, the military intervention diverts, however, from the non-interventionist line professed by French President Hollande in Africa.

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Djibouti: 2012 Djibouti Whale Shark Expedition

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:12:06 +0000

Seychelles Whale Sharks blogs about the the 2012 Djibouti whale shark expedition: “…Gareth has passed on the important statistics for the last week which yielded a further 369 encounters which makes the total of 1077 over the three weeks of expedition…Also, Gareth managed to deploy two satellite tags, one on...

Somalia: Food Security Emergency Spreads Despite Aid

Thu, 25 Aug 2011 15:49:30 +0000

As the Horn of Africa deals with what the Food and Agriculture Organization is calling the “most severe food security emergency in the world today,” experts warn that conditions in famine-stricken Somalia are likely to further deteriorate. Juhie Bhatia examines the spread of the disaster.

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Djibouti: Is Djibouti part of the Arab World

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 11:23:18 +0000

KonWomyn asks, “Is a protest in Djibouti a protest in the Arab World?”: Djibouti may be an East African country with much stronger ties to the African countries on The Horn than Egypt or Palestine, but it is no less a part of The Arab World Revolutions. Written by Ndesanjo Macha...

Africa: Sub-Saharan Africa censors Mideast protests

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 09:36:11 +0000

Some African leaders do not want citizens to know what is happening in North Africa and Middle East: “As news of Middle Eastern and North African protests swirl around the globe, satellite television and the Internet prove vital sources of information for Africans as governments fearful of an informed citizenry...

Djibouti: Will it become another Egypt?

Mon, 21 Feb 2011 17:39:07 +0000

Protests are taking place in Djibouti against President Ismail Omar Guelleh who succeeded his uncle Hassan_Gouled_Aptidon in 1999. Somaliland Press reports that 300 protesters demonstrated near the governmental palace on Friday. Will Djibouti become another Egypt?

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Djibouti: Djiboutilicious

Fri, 12 Nov 2010 14:47:34 +0000

Djiboutilicious is a Djibouti Cookbook celebrating culture and cooking in a country as hot as your oven. Written by Ndesanjo Macha · comments (0) Donate · Share this: twitter facebook reddit googleplus

Djibouti: Two evenings in Djibouti

Fri, 12 Nov 2010 14:23:24 +0000

James Ferguson blogs about his experience while working in Djibouti: “‘The Beverley’ is a place which is a very tiny elevator ride four floors above some kind of eatery, or convenience store, or pharmacy – I'm not sure which – that has very mysteriously, and misleadingly, borrowed it's name and...

Morocco: What do Moroccan and Djiboutian Education Have in Common?

Mon, 04 Oct 2010 19:07:39 +0000

Moroccan blogger Jamal Elabiad asks what education in Morocco and in Djibouti have in common. Written by Jillian C. York · comments (3) Donate · Share this: twitter facebook reddit googleplus