“Wheresoever its members are assembled, there is the National Assembly”: Centrality of Activism and fluid insurgent politics in an age of globalisation.

In France, in 1789, the King was faced with direct opposition for the first time since his ascension to power in 1774. The ordinary people in the Third Estate had finally decided to make a claim for the establishment of a parliament, the National Assembly. On June 17 1789 they declared that France was to … Continue reading “Wheresoever its members are assembled, there is the National Assembly”: Centrality of Activism and fluid insurgent politics in an age of globalisation.

Why elections matter for democracy in Africa. The cases of Kenya and Rwanda

Rwandan presidential candidate, Frank Habineza, waves to supporters. Reuters/Jean BizimanaSarah Logan, International Growth Centre Critical elections are being held in Rwanda and Kenya. In Rwanda, the incumbent Paul Kagame will face Frank Habineza, of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda and independent candidate Philippe Mpanyimana. In Kenya, Raila Odinga, representing an umbrella opposition party, the … Continue reading Why elections matter for democracy in Africa. The cases of Kenya and Rwanda

Promoting Deliberative Democracy and Open Society through Technological and Unrestricted Youth Education and Engagement in Zimbabwe

Ishmael Bhila, University of Portsmouth Freedom of expression in Zimbabwe is a scarce resource. Censorship has been present in Zimbabwe since the colonial period (Patel, 1997). Zimbabwe has a network of formal legislation that prevents freedom of expression ranging from the 2002 Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA), the Official Secrets Act, … Continue reading Promoting Deliberative Democracy and Open Society through Technological and Unrestricted Youth Education and Engagement in Zimbabwe

What the Djibouti military base tells us about China’s growing role in Africa

Theo Neethling, University of the Free State China hasn’t been known for establishing military bases in Africa – or even beyond its immediate sphere of influence. This is changing following its decision to build a military base in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa. The base will be next door to the United States Africa … Continue reading What the Djibouti military base tells us about China’s growing role in Africa

Islamic State: the West must embrace local state ownership of the region’s conflicts

Has the Middle East – now beset by inter-nation, inter-Muslim and inter-ethnic conflict – been engulfed in a war without end unleashed by the barbarism and terror of Islamic State (ISIL)? ISIL murders both other fundamentalist Sunni Muslims as well as Shia Muslims; Saudi Arabia is combating Iran; Turkey belatedly fights ISIL while attacking the … Continue reading Islamic State: the West must embrace local state ownership of the region’s conflicts