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· February, 2013

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from February, 2013

28 February 2013

Burundi: Violent Suppression of Demonstration Support for Imprisoned Journalist

The Court of Burundi revised the life sentence for journalist and Radio France International correspondent Hassan Ruvakuki on appeal, reducing his sentence to three years imprisonment. Media professionals demonstrated in...

Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe Make Music

Zambian Opposition Lobby for Suspension from the Commonwealth

Zambia’s opposition parties travelled to South Africa to call upon the Commonwealth to suspend the country amid claims of a deteriorating political environment.

25 February 2013

Nationwide Strike Delivers Blow to Malawi's President

Malawi's President Joyce Banda is beating back calls for her to resign after hundreds of thousands of civil servants demanding a wage increase went on a two-week long strike, shuttering...

African Nations Cup Anthem Celebrates Peace

How Would Africans Feel about A Black Pope ?

Following the surprise resignation, the debate on Benedict XVI's succession was immediately launched. In particular, Africans, on the basis of the fastest growing contingent of Catholics on their continent, began...

22 February 2013

Journalists Under Pressure in the Gambia Turn to Blogs

The hostile media landscape in the Gambia, marred by aggressive laws and regulatory measures that have almost crippled mainstream outlets, has some journalists in the country turning to blogs to...

A First for Africa: Ex-Dictator to be Judged on the Continent

A new court system, the Extraordinary African Chambers has recently been set up to allow the first ever trial of one of its own dictators on the continent. The tribunal...

21 February 2013

Senegal Balks as President Recycles Predecessor's Pal

The president of Senegal's decision to appoint a local architect, renowned for his work but notorious for his political schmoozing with previous regimes, as the head of a proposed Senegalese...

20 February 2013

[Webcast] Thoughts On The Fallout from Kony 2012

Ruha Devanesan explores how Invisible Children has responded to criticism of Kony 2012 and adapted its messaging and asks what lessons can be learned by the human rights advocacy community.

Mauritanians Protest Tahrir Square Assaults

19 February 2013

Pope’s Resignation Echoes in Africa

The announcement by Pope Benedict XVI of his intention to resign with effect from February 28, 2013 provoked many reactions in Francophone Africa, both in traditional media and on social...

New UN Envoy Blogs from Guinea-Bissau

18 February 2013

Videos from “One Billion Rising” Global Protests for Women's Rights

Every third woman falls victim to violence in her lifetime. On February 14, 2013 thousands of people all over the world protested against these daily acts of violence with dance.

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