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May 6, 2019

South Africa
Background to South Africa's National Elections on May 8

On May 8, South Africans will vote in national elections for the sixth time since the end of apartheid and the transition to “non-racial” elections in 1994. While there are forty-eight political parties contesting, only three have a reasonable chance of forming a government. They are the ANC, the Democratic Alliance (DA), and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

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May 9, 2019

Sudan
The Roots of Sudan's Upheaval

While the Sudanese military expelled President Omar al-Bashir from office, the people of Sudan are ultimately responsible for toppling his regime, and the leaders of the protest movement have promised not to let up until civilian rule is secured. They well know that any persistence of military control represents a continuation of the Bashir regime, and in particular, the Arabic-speaking population’s monopoly of power.

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May 3, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Distrust at Core of Ebola Crisis in Eastern Congo

The Ebola vaccine is proving highly effective in Eastern Conog, but distrust of health workers, skepticism of the disease’s existence, and attacks on medical facilities are stymying progress.

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May 2, 2019

South Africa
Despite Progress in South Africa After Apartheid, Problems Persist

In the run-up to the elections, the BBC has done a service by presenting statistical data on how South Africa has changed since 1994. The data is drawn from Stats SA, the official statistics office, and think tanks. South African statistics, official and non-official, are credible. The BBC’s selection of statistics shows greater social progress since the end of apartheid than the current political debate would indicate, but that poverty remains mostly black and coloured. (Coloureds often regard themselves as a separate race, not of mixed race.)

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April 30, 2019

Nigeria
Dangote’s Oil Refinery Central to Nigeria Meeting Its Production Goals

On April 25, the managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, said that Aliko Dangote's new Lagos oil refinery is central to the government meeting its ambi…

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April 29, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: April 20–26

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from April 20 to 26, 2019.

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April 26, 2019

South Africa
The EFF’s Election Outlook in South Africa

South Africa’s national elections on May 8 are likely to be dominated by the governing African National Congress (ANC) and the official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA). However, the third largest party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), is likely to continue to benefit from outsized media attention because of its economic radicalism and its anti-white stance. In the national elections in 2014, its first election after being founded in 2013, it won 6 percent of the vote, and in local government elections of 2016, it won 8 percent. 

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April 25, 2019

Nigeria
Preaching, Power, and Private Jets in Nigeria

Bishop Oyedepo, head of the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry (Winner’s Chapel) is commonly regarded as the wealthiest preacher in Nigeria, with an estimated personal net worth of $150 million. His fleet of four jets includes a Gulfstream V, which cost $30 million.

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April 25, 2019

Elections and Voting
Declining African Confidence in Exercising Political Rights

Afrobarometer, Africa’s widely-respected polling organization, found that 68 percent of Africans doubt the secrecy of their ballot. In other words, a majority of Africans are skeptical about what they think is a key element in elections. As Afrobarometer points out, that skepticism is surprisingly high in established democracies, such as Senegal (89 percent), Kenya (80 percent), and South Africa (68 percent).

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May 1, 2019

Nigeria
Conflict in Nigeria Is More Complicated Than “Christians vs. Muslims”

An article from Fox News recently called attention to the killing of Christians in Nigeria by comparing it to the deadly Easter Sunday suicide bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. According to the article, the attacks “highlight the dangers that remain from asymmetric terrorism and violence against Christians in ethnically and religiously divided societies.” However, linking these tragedies to each other and to a perceived global trend of violence against Christians mischaracterizes the nature of the conflict in Nigeria. 

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