Slow but Sustained: Ethiopian Muslims’ Struggle for Rights Continues

For more than twenty months, the Ethiopian Muslim community has been protesting for their constitutional rights to be respected. Muslims in Ethiopia have been protesting against government interference in religious affairs for more than twenty months. But ever since the violent crackdown by Ethiopian security forces on peaceful protestors during the Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Arsi last month, the Muslim community has been wary of … Continue reading Slow but Sustained: Ethiopian Muslims’ Struggle for Rights Continues

Extraordinary Tales of Everyday Lives in the Congo

David Van Reybrouck’s epic history of the Congo brings to life and honours the heroic lives of ordinary people as well as the extraordinary lives of the country’s heroes.   The Congo is everywhere. Quite literally. Open up your smartphone, laptop or game console and inside you’ll find a small green plate which looks like a miniature model of a futuristic power plant. The brightly … Continue reading Extraordinary Tales of Everyday Lives in the Congo

‘Nederlandse troepen in Mali slecht nieuws voor ontvoerde Sjaak Rijke’

Het toekomstperspectief van de in 2011 in Mali ontvoerde Nederlander Sjaak Rijke wordt er niet beter op met de komst van Nederlandse troepen, schrijft freelancejournalist Joris Leverink.   Toen Sjaak Rijke in een recentelijk opgedoken video een emotioneel appel deed aan de Nederlandse regering en het Nederlandse volk om te vechten voor zijn vrijheid, was een gevechtsmissie bestaande uit commando’s en Apache-gevechtshelikopters waarschijnlijk niet wat … Continue reading ‘Nederlandse troepen in Mali slecht nieuws voor ontvoerde Sjaak Rijke’

Spirit of revolt drifts South as austerity protests rock Sudan

After years of neoliberal reform, authoritarian rule and increasing misery, further austerity measures drive the people of Sudan back into the street. For the second time since the split between Sudan and South Sudan in 2011, large protests have broken out across the country. The epicentre of the protests is in the capital Khartoum, with thousands of people taking to the streets on a daily … Continue reading Spirit of revolt drifts South as austerity protests rock Sudan

Mali: France’s Pyrrhic victory in a worthless sandbox

Understanding the conflict requires moving beyond the idea of the Islamists as a bunch of mindless barbarians whipping infidels and cutting off limbs. Despite the large number of Islamists chased back into the heart of the Sahara, the situation in Mali is far from stable. The steady advance of French troops in the past ten weeks has brought them one “victory” after another. The three … Continue reading Mali: France’s Pyrrhic victory in a worthless sandbox