December 19, 2019

Originally Published in the December 2019 Journal, Breaking the Silence, Pg. 7

Last year, every country in Africa came together to create the largest trading bloc since the World Trade Organization. With the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFT...

December 19, 2019

Originally Published in the December 2019 Journal, Breaking the Silence, Pg. 5

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In June of 2019, Letsweletse Motshidiemang, a 21-year-old student at the University of Botswana, brought a case against the 1965 penal code criminalizing same-sex re...

December 19, 2019

Originally Published in the December 2019 Journal, Breaking the Silence, Pg. 4

In post-colonial Africa, Botswana is often times regarded as a model transition, upholding traditional values in their quest for modernization. In fact, Botswana has mobilized drought relief...

December 19, 2019

Originally Published in the December 2019 Journal, Breaking the Silence, Pg. 8

Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in reestablishing peace talks with Eritrea and restoring freedoms after years of economi...

December 19, 2019

Originally Published in the December 2019 Journal, Breaking the Silence, Pg. 3

Eight years after Algeria’s government clung to power during the Arab Spring, the country is being rocked by protests against its longstanding autocratic state. The spark was cast in February...

December 19, 2019

Originally Published in the December 2019 Journal, Breaking the Silence, Pg. 2

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Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, is an interconnected, growing city bustling with innovation and investor money challenging stereotypes of African cities as impoveris...

December 19, 2019

Originally Published in the December 2019 Journal, Breaking the Silence, Pg. 1

Energy consumption in Africa’s lower income markets is predicted to rise tremendously
throughout the coming decades. Birthrates are projected to pull Africa’s population from 1.2
billion up t...

December 18, 2019

Originally Published in the December 2019 Journal, Breaking the Silence, Pg. 36

Crimean Tatars, an ethnic and religious minority in Crimea, are no strangers to state repression. Yet, the immediate wave of targeted persecution following the Russian annexation of Crimea h...

December 12, 2019

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The five weeks since the previous update have only corroborated the opening observation that a week in politics may as well be an eternity. As with the previous general election in 2017, this campaign has served to reassert the dominance of the...

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