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September 23, 2005

Elections and Voting
Interview with John Micgiel and Andrew Nagorski on the upcoming Polish elections

Twenty-five years after the birth of the anti-Communist Solidarity trade union, which is credited with contributing to the collapse of the Soviet government, Poland is poised to become one of Europe’…

February 4, 2019

United States
Campaign 2020: John Delaney, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Someone had to be first. When it comes to the 2020 presidential campaign, that person is John Delaney. He’s certainly no Johnny-come-lately to the race. He declared his candidacy back on July 28, 201…

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May 17, 2019

Burkina Faso
Islamist Violence in Burkina Faso Following Familiar Pattern

Islamist terrorist groups in northeast Burkina Faso are following a strategy of violence reminiscent in some ways of Boko Haram’s early days in Nigeria. The groups are attacking Protestant and Catholic churches, killing pastors, priests, and congregants, and also teachers in secular schools.

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May 16, 2019

Nigeria
Nigerian Government Accuses Jonathan of Accepting Bribes While President

In a court case in London involving international oil companies and the oil block designated OPL 245—thought to be one of the largest untapped reserves in Africa—lawyers for the Nigerian government accused Jonathan and Alison-Madueke with plotting to “receive bribes and make a secret profit.”

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May 15, 2019

Burkina Faso
French Forces Free Hostages in Burkina Faso With U.S. Help

President Emmanuel Macron of France announced on May 10 that French military forces rescued four hostages in Burkina Faso held by Islamist militants. Two were French, one was American, and one was South Korean. No authorities have released freed hostage names, citing privacy considerations. However, the operation cost the lives of two French soldiers, the names of whom have been made public.

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May 14, 2019

South Africa
What the ANC’s Election Win Means for South Africa

The African National Congress, which has governed since the end of apartheid, won again in May’s national election. But a growing opposition will watch to see whether it can revive the economy and cu…

African National Congress supporters listen to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa during an election victory rally on May 12, 2019, in central Johannesburg. (Photo by Michele Spatari/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

May 14, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 4–10

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from May 4 to 10 2019.

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May 13, 2019

South Africa
South African Election Results Strengthen Ramaphosa's Hand in the ANC

The governing African National Congress (ANC) won its smallest percentage ever of votes ever in a national election in the just-concluded 2019 elections. The ANC won 57.5 percent, the Democratic Alliance won 20.77 percent, while the Economic Freedom Fighters won 10.79 percent; the remaining thirty-two parties together won 10.94 percent. 

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May 10, 2019

United Kingdom
Archie, Africa, and the Commonwealth

The birth of Archie, the first son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, has led to British media speculation, picked-up by the New York Times, that the Queen (actually, in conjunction with the Theresa May government) may dispatch them to Africa for a undetermined period. Their role, beyond lubricating the UK’s ties with its former African colonies, would be to build support for the Commonwealth of Nations. It would also get the Royal couple out of the media circus surrounding Archie’s birth. There is further speculation that Archie’s mixed race would make the family particularly attractive to Africans.

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May 8, 2019

South Africa
South Africans Vote Today in Sixth National Elections Since Apartheid

Today, South Africans will vote for national and provincial assemblies, who in turn will form national and provincial governments. South Africans will choose between parties, not candidates, under South Africa’s system of proportional representation. The main parties are the ANC, DA, and EFF.

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