Category Archives: Africa

FT.com / Commodities – Cocoa traders ready to pay Gbagbo

Former president Laurent Gbagbo has demanded taxes be paid on cocoa exports by the end of the month threatening confiscation of $1.3bn worth of crops. In an effort to remove Gbagbo, who has held on to power after losing elections late … Continue reading

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Gbagbo’s intransigence pushing Cote d’Ivoire toward civil war

BBC News – Ivory Coast: parts of Abidjan resemble war zone – UN.

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Who and What Will Follow Qaddafi?

Libya’s Terra Incognita | Foreign Affairs.

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Qaddafi’s Legacy in Libya – Brookings Institution

What is left in Libya after Qaddafi goes? In any country, new regimes build on the institutions of old ones even as they create their own. For Tunisia and Egypt (and maybe for Bahrain, Yemen, and other countries being hit … Continue reading

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Libya: Meltdown?

Qaddafi appears out of touch with reality in a world loosing its tolerance for heavy handed client states and his second son and heir apparent, Saif al-Islam, despite his progressive image, appears to be reinforcing the castle walls. France24 reported … Continue reading

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The Role of Unemployment in the Egyptian Revolution

Although the official unemployment rate is 9.4% (2009), the actual rate may be as high as 25% among the younger demographic. By rough measure up to 350,000 of the protesters may have been the unemployed – given a population of 6.8m … Continue reading

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Nigeria: Why the North South Distinction Is Important

John Campbell: Africa in Transition » Blog Archive » Why Nigeria’s North South Distinction Is Important.

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Egypt’s Democratic Mirage | Foreign Affairs

Egypt’s Democratic Mirage | Foreign Affairs.

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Cote d’Ivoire: President Past

What global impact, other than more expensive chocolate bars, does the presidential standoff in Cote d’Ivoire pose? My impression is that Gbagbo represents the old status quo in African politics – think Mugabe – where leaders are perfectly willing to … Continue reading

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Nigeria: Resource Curse

Nigeria’s protracted sectarian violence in the central Plateau States and rebel attacks in the delta region may be symptomatic of a nation with a Resource Curse. Oil constitutes 95% of Nigeria’s exports while the the agricultural and light industry sectors languish from poor management … Continue reading

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