tag: authoritarianism


December 9, 2014

Citizens’ Revolt in Burkina Faso

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Even the long months of demonstrations and strikes that came before did not fully prepare the people of Burkina Faso for what they would accomplish during the last week of October 2014. In Ouagadougou, the capital, hundreds of thousands—organizers claimed a million—packed the central square on Tuesday, 28 October, to protest President Blaise Compaoré’s “constitutional coup,” as they called his plan to force through an amendment enabling him to run for reelection yet again, after more than a quarter century in power. Read more…

April 28, 2014

Rwanda’s Twenty-Year Transformation

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This April marks twenty years since the horrifying 1994 Rwandan Genocide, though government coordinated commemoration ceremonies, dubbed Kwibuka 20, have been underway since January 2014. Amidst the remembrances, official and private, theatrical and sincere, Rwandans and international observers will be forced to consider the extent to which the situation in Rwanda has changed in the past two decades. Read more…

May 29, 2013

Museveni and the Monitor: Succession Politics in Print

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On March 28, 2013, the ninth day since the headquarters of the Daily Monitor have been closed, the standoff was escalated as journalists were tear-gassed and struck by batons by Ugandan police outside the vacant office. Members from the Uganda’s Human Rights Network for Journalists organized a peaceful sit-in, but the guarding officers, after some provocation soon intervened, rapidly dispersing the hundred or so journalists, and arrested two for questioning.
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December 19, 2012

The Language of the Political Crowd in Tunisia

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The 17th of December 2012 marked the second anniversary since the start of the Arab Spring in Tunisia. The actions of the Tunisian people helped inspire profound transformation across North Africa and invigorated similar discussions and protest movements throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. African Futures wishes to pay tribute to this occasion with an essay by Andrea Khalil, which analyzes the power of collective mobilization and language in Tunisia’s on-going revolution. – eds.
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December 8, 2012

A History of Resistance in the Congo

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In light of the recent escalation of violence in the Kivus, the emergence of M23 rebellion and the on-going negotiations in Kampala, we thought it important to place the latest cycle of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo in its proper historical context. Emeritus Professor of Political Science Herbert F. Weiss of City University of New York and Senior Policy Scholar at the Wilson International Center offers his reflections, in a re-posting of African Futures first contribution written in February 2012. — eds.
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December 6, 2012

Making the Link: Rwanda’s Domestic Policies and Interests Abroad

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Lately, Rwanda has received considerable media attention for its role in the M23 crisis in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). After two reports by the UN Group of Experts on the DRC tied Rwanda to providing financial and technical support to the armed group, the international community began to take action. This past July, after the release of the first UN report, the U.S., Germany, and The Netherlands all cut portions of their aid to Rwanda. Rwanda’s biggest donor, the UK announced on the 30th of November that it finds the available evidence against Rwanda and its role in the DRC “credible and compelling” and subsequently cut £21m of aid intended to be disbursed this month.
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