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  • 22nd June 2017

Grave danger in Congo

Blue Lines

The storm in Congo-Kinshasa has been gathering for a year and the next six months are likely to prove critical. Warning of grave danger, the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, together with former presidents of South Africa and Ni...

  • 20th June 2017

NIGERIA: After the budget is signed, better news about the numbers

Patrick Smith

We start in Nigeriaon a rare high note – at least on the economic plane – and then go to Tanzania, where President John Magufuli's government is stepping up his campaign of resource nationalism. In South Africa, President Jacob Zuma is also playing the re...

  • 12th June 2017

AFRICA/EUROPE: After political shocks, a new diplomatic order starts work

Patrick Smith

Political changes in Europe – and their effects on Africa – start the ball rolling this week. And then it's off to Lusaka where the Zambian government is about to ink a new deal with the IMF. In Nigeria, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo's profile could rise h...

  • 8th June 2017

Grey skies for green energy

Blue Lines

Extreme weather amid this week's storms in Western Cape in South Africa and the continuing drought in north-east Africa remind us of the realities of climate change. Cape Town hovers between devastating storms one month and worsening water shortages for t...

  • 5th June 2017

After global protests over Washington's withdrawal from the Paris climate treaty, how will Africa react?

Patrick Smith

We start with the aftermath of the United States' withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and its implications for Africa. Then we go to Morocco, where protests are spreading. In South Africa, the relentless drip of information and claims about President...

  • 30th May 2017

TANZANIA: The next test for Magufuli's resource nationalism

Patrick Smith

We start this week with another high-stakes battle between a multinational mining company and an African government, this time in Tanzania. The Ethiopian government is celebrating Tedros Adhanom winning the leadership of the World Health Organisation; and...

  • 25th May 2017

America's new African insiders

Blue Lines

The appointment of regional security specialist Peter Pham as the United States' Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs has been welcomed by African diplomats in Washington. 'We have an appointee with knowledge and a certain affinity with Africa...

  • 22nd May 2017

ZAMBIA: Mixed messages on copper confrontation with First Quantum

Patrick Smith

This week we start in Lusaka where the dispute between the government and First Quantum Minerals is still simmering. And then to Mali, where French President Emmanuel Macron has been outlining a tougher military policy. In South Africa, President Jacob Zu...

  • 16th May 2017

UN's new Africa economy chief to open international financial parley

Patrick Smith

This week we start in Addis Ababa for an international conference on development finance. And then to Côte d'Ivoire where the government is insisting the army mutiny is over. In South Africa, the African National Congress is divided over the reappointment...

  • 11th May 2017

Cyberwar goes to the polls

Blue Lines

Data-mining is coming to an African election near you. President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election campaign has contracted Cambridge Analytica, the data company widely credited with having swung last year's United States' presidential poll for Donald Trump and...

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