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Mon,08Feb2016

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The butcher avoids irony, for now

Prince Ofori-Atta

Beneath his granite appearance, Burundi's President Pierre Nkurinziza must be boiling over at the idea of a possible deployment of African Union troops to his unsettled country.

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Hollywood's bias and American racism

William Manful

Photo©ReutersThe list of Oscar nominees was rolled out last week and again it was an all white affair. For some reason academy voters didn't see Idris Elba's performance in Beasts of No Nation or Michael B. Jordan's portrait of a prizefighter worthy of nomination.

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Change the system, not the climate

Patrick Smith

Photo©ReutersIf the climate talks prove anything, it is the need for a wholesale upgrading of ambition.

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Climate Change: Good or bad news first?

Photo©ReutersDepending on the perspective taken, the Paris Agreement is either a phenomenal success or the worst possible sentence for our descendents.

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The Kenyans who are out of touch

Kenya faces up to myriad economic problems as the country's credit crunch bites and the government doubles its external debt ceiling. Meanwhile another bank slips into administration and well-paid Kenyan MPs seem baffled as to why there is not enough money in the government kitty to pay other civil servant salaries.

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Anansi on the long arm of the law

The long arm of international law knows no bounds as spiderwebs of corrupt networks set up by politicians are given a run for their money. Literally. And as some, like Nigeria's Diezani Alison-Madueke and Brazil's Eduardo Cunha, have learned through the toss and turn of sleepless nights, it is just not worth the bother.

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