We Are Fed Up! A New Generation of Sudanese Youth Activists

Like Senegal’s Y’en a Marre or Egypt’s Kifaya movement, the youth-led Sudanese activist movement Girifna means “we are fed up,” or “enough.” The group challenges the ruling party in the politically charged climate of Khartoum where dissent is scarcely tolerated. Girifna has borne the brunt of government crackdowns, round-ups, tear-gas and torture for over four years….

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Mali: An African Solution to An African Problem

The jihadist invasion of Timbuktu catapulted this Malian UN World Heritage Site into the media spotlight amid concerns about the entrenchment of al-Qaeda in the region, the safety of locals and preservation of the historical mosques. This week AS4A shares with our readers two different views on the French military response to the situation backed…

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Pontifex Africanus: Could the Next Pope be African?

The second African Pope, or the first black African Pope? That is the question. Since Pope Benedict XVI announced his pending February 28, 2013 resignation, speculation is rife about his successor. Once again the question is being asked if the next Pope will be African. AS4A shares with you an article on the possible African…

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Is The AU Fit For Purpose?

Although there is no organisation in Africa that is as frequently “badmouthed” as the African Union (AU), it has done it again! At its summit in Addis Ababa in July, it voted four times before it selected the person who should head the commission that runs its secretariat (or in former times the “secretary general”…

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‘Africa is on the Right Track’

New Year Statement from Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission: In 2012, we celebrated success in a number of fields as the continent sought to achieve its common vision of development, peace and integration. The development outlook for the continent looks bright as Africa is now considered the next growth pole. Follow…

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Rebuilding Somalia

On 4th November 2012, the new Somali Prime Minister, Abdi Farah Shirdon, announced the composition of his first cabinet with two women appointed as part of the 10 member cabinet. Fowsiyo Yusuf Hajji Aden was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, while Maryam Kassim was appointed as Minister of Social Development. …

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