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The Human Cost of the Global Gag Rule

A few days into his presidency Donald Trump, like his Republican predecessors before him, reinstated the infamous Global Gag Rule. In its more than 30 years of on-and-off existence, this rule has severely affected organisations working with sexual and reproductive health services in countries all over the world. It was during …

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Peace and Poverty in Somaliland

When it comes to Third World civil wars, Somalia has long been seen as the worst-case scenario. However, on 8 February this year Somalia held their second presidential election since the civil war broke out in 1991. During decades as a collapsed state and in conflict, Somalia has faced chaos …

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Is Africa’s oldest country falling apart?

Despite Africa being known for political instability post-WW2, there has been almost no change to African countries and borders since independence from colonial rule. Only three new countries have been declared from other African nations in the past 30 years – Namibia, Eritrea and South Sudan. This might change soon …

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On the Verge: Burundi in Human Rights Crisis

The African state of Burundi has been thrown into crisis since President Pierre Nkurunziza re-elected himself for a third term in June 2015. The opposition has been silenced, and around 250,000 Burundians have fled to neighboring countries. The UN is now warning that a new genocide could be the consequence …

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November Election Bonanza – 4 non-American Elections You Don’t Want to Miss

Not getting enough news about the American election on November 8? Or are you perhaps tired of all the drama surrounding it? No matter your standpoint, here are four other presidential elections taking place in November that you shouldn’t miss. Palau First out on the election schedule is the island …

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South Sudan – A troubled past and an uncertain future

When South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 many were hoping for a better future. That bright future is yet to be seen. After a 50 yearlong conflict with Sudan, a new civil war in the world’s newest country emerged. After an agreement between the government and the opposition, …

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Poaching: Modern Threats to the Animal Kingdom

It has long been known that one of the largest threats to Earth is man itself. In one specific area, this is very true. For various reasons, in many countries across the world, hundreds of thousands of animals are needlessly killed each year for humanity’s selfish purposes. Unfortunately, as with …

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The Model Tyrant – Paul Kagame and the trade-off between democracy and success

Rwanda’s Paul Kagame may be one of Africa’s most complex leaders, from having been called “one of the greatest leaders of our time” by Bill Clinton to being seen as a ruthless dictator by others. It is clear that the man, who lifted Rwanda from the devastation of the 1994 …

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Religion and business – The Mourides of Senegal

If you’ve ever visited a big European or American city, you have probably seen the African street vendors selling fake bags, sunglasses, belts and more. These sellers are often misapprehended as poor, desperate migrants trying to scrape up a living. Actually, most of them are part of a Muslim, Sufi …

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The African Union: Real power or just a dictators’ club?

The African Union represents over one billion people, with all but one African state being a member. It’s a big organization with big ambitions. In 2023 they plan to establish an economic union with a common currency on the whole continent. But what is the union all about and what …

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