Tag Archives: Africa

The Zimbabwe Elections and the Aftermath

by Mafa Kwanisai Mafa

On 30 July 2018, Zimbabweans went for the much-awaited harmonized elections after the removal of Robert Mugabe from power by the 18 November 2017 revolution. For the first time in the history of the country there were 23 candidates in the presidential race, and for the first time many people registered to vote, especially the youth, who constitute 60% of the registered voters.

Amid political recalibrations: Strike wave hits Ethiopia

by Samuel Andreas Admasie

While the political protests that have gripped Ethiopia in recent years and the recalibrations within the ruling front that they have generated have been the subject of extensive attention, another aspect of ongoing social turbulence has been almost entirely neglected: the wave of labor unrest apparent since the autumn of 2017. No less than a dozen strikes have been recorded, in addition to a number of other signs of growing restiveness among wage workers. This commentary seeks to shed light on the ongoing strike wave and the social conditions that underpin it. They include real wages that have dropped to a historical record low, and are reinforced by attempts to further erode labor rights.

China | China’s Xi offers $60bn in financial support to Africa

China’s President Xi Jinping has offered $60bn in financial support to African countries and written off debt for the continent’s poorer nations.

Speaking at the opening of a major summit with African leaders in Beijing on Monday, Xi said the figure included $15bn in grants, interest-free loans and concessional loans, a credit line of $20bn, $10bn for “development financing” and $5bn to buy imports from the continent.

Mnangagwa wins Zimbabwe presidential elections

Incumbent president Emmerson Mnangagwa has been announced as winner of Zimbabwe’s July 30 presidential elections. The septuagenarian polled 50.8% of votes as against 44.3% by his closest challenger Nelson Chamisa.

Mnangagwa run on the ticket of the Zanu-PF party and is now entitled to serve a constitutional term of five years with the option to seek re-election, if he wins.

USA | Commandos Sans Frontières The Global Growth of U.S. Special Operations Forces

by Nick Turse

Early last month, at a tiny military post near the tumbledown town of Jamaame in Somalia, small arms fire began to ring out as mortar shells crashed down. When the attack was over, one Somali soldier had been wounded — and had that been the extent of the casualties, you undoubtedly would never have heard about it.