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Wed,30Jul2014

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Democracy's tarnished model

Patrick Smith

Developing economies are bounding ahead amid mounting social discontent. Istanbul, as it turns out, is a good place to discuss politics in Africa.

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Guns, Growth and Africa

Patrick Smith

In Gabriel García Márquez's masterpiece Chronicle of a Death Foretold, he recounts the murder of Santiago Nasar and how everyone in the town knew it was going to happen but did nothing.

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A Sudanese case of Tag, you're it

Josef-Israel

Observing the legal wrangling and socio-political to and fro that has held the lives of the Wani family in the balance for almost six months, the ghoulish, age old and never-ending children's game of Tag... you're it, also known as "run-outs", springs to mind.

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It's as if the whole country has lost its senses

André-Michel Essoungou

No one needs an alarm clock to wake up in Bangui in recent weeks. The sound of gunfire, sometimes sustained and heavy, has become a morning ritual in the Central African Republic's capital city. To most people here, identifying where the shots come from is a survival skill.

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Nigeria doesn't need more oil wells

Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey discusses the continuing protests by the Niger Delta people against oil pollution and makes the case for compensation.

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Triumphs and tragedy

Patrick Smith

World-weary pundits rapidly revised their narrative of a new Africa in the time of Mandela.

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