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  • 20th February 2020

Washington calling Africa

Blue Lines

If African leaders were confused by the US government's attitude towards their countries and continent, they were surely left none the wiser by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who visited Senegal, Ethiopia and Angola on a whistle-stop tour of the continen...

  • 6th February 2020

How to remember Moi?

Blue Lines

The traditional reluctance to speak ill of the newly dead is serving Daniel arap Moi well. The death of Kenya's President from 1978-2002, on 4 February aged 95, has been greeted with accolades from African and Western officials in the media. Moi dominated...

  • 19th December 2019

Mbeki in Zimbabwe unity government talks

Blue Lines

The arrival of South Africa's former President Thabo Mbeki in Harare this week for talks with Zimbabwe's leading political figures points to the depth of the country's crisis. Strikes and protests are set to intensify, despite a violent crackdown by Presi...

  • 5th December 2019

Hamdok's high hopes in DC

Blue Lines

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok will probably come away empty-handed from his first trip to Washington DC since replacing the overthrown Omer el Beshir as Sudan's leader. Top of Hamdok's wish-list is that the United States end its economic sanctions...

  • 21st November 2019

Islamists regroup in Sudan

Blue Lines

Suddenly the stakes in Sudan have been raised – between the revolutionaries and the supporters of Omer el Beshir's ousted regime. For weeks, rumours have been swirling about an impending coup by die-hard Islamists in state security, militias and Beshir's ...

  • 7th November 2019

Multilateralists fight back

Blue Lines

Multilateralism might get another lease of life if some of Africa's top bureaucrats have their way. One of the few advantages of Africa's balkanisation into 54 states is the voting power that this gives the continent in such organisations as the UN Genera...

  • 28th October 2019

The week ahead: Action demanded by voters and bankers in President Ramaphosa's crunch week

Patrick Smith

This week we are covering South Africa's budget, Botswana's election, the repercussions of the killing of the Islamic State leader, a mooted referendum in Kenya, talks on the dam on the Nile between Egypt and Ethiopia and the World Bank's Doing Business r...

  • 24th October 2019

From Russia with geopolitics

Blue Lines

Although he pulled in dozens of Africa's leaders to the first Russia-Africa summit in Sochi on 23-24 October, Russia's President Vladimir Putin is years behind the competition in courting Africa. Russia-Africa trade has doubled to US$20.4 billion over the...

  • 21st October 2019

The week ahead: Africa eyes deals after Brexit

Patrick Smith

We start this week with knife-edge negotiations over Britain's attempts to leave the European Union and their implications for Africa. And then to Nairobi where President Kenyatta is taking on parliament over interest rates. Russia says that 47 African le...

  • 14th October 2019

The week ahead in Africa: Political and sporting triumphs, and grave warnings on economic growth

Patrick Smith

This week we start with the boost for Ethiopia and Kenya before looking at the gloomy growth forecasts ahead of the IMF and World Bank's meetings in Washington this week. Calls for the British, United Arab Emirates and Indian governments to impose sanctio...

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