The Obama and Bongo families. Image Credit: Amanda Lucidon via The White House.

The paradoxes of soft dictatorship

For the second time in seven years, violent unrest has followed the presidential election in the small country of Gabon in West Equatorial A…

Image courtesy of filmmakers

Colonial Sahara

Western Sahara serves as a powerful and timely reminder to the world that colonialism has not ended in Africa. It continues in the form of w…

All Images credit Gili Levinson

Uptown griots

Last month Mali celebrated 56 years of political independence from France. A few weeks later, on October 9, thousands of miles to the West i…

Military parade at the inauguration of President John Magufuli of Tanzania. Credit: GCIS

Enter the bulldozer

As with any foundational figure, Julius Nyerere’s memory bears all the contradictory passions of Tanzania’s modern history, and his name bec…

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