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Thu,18Oct2018

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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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Political incorrectness and correctness

William Manful

Time changes, and so do people. Maybe people change that's why time changes or is it the other way round time rather changes people. Either way the world clearly isn't the way it was.

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No longer a curse?

Kingsley Ighobor

One often hears that mineral resources are a curse rather than a blessing. That may be an exaggeration, but for the people of the Central African Republic, currently caught up in a war fuelled by diamond mercenaries, the statement rings true. Conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Sudan and South Sudan have also been linked to the fight over control of mineral resources. But what action are African taking to transform the mining sector?

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The Great War and the size of the butcher's bill

Edward Paice

This summer the centenary of the outbreak of "the war to end war" will be commemorated throughout Europe. The scale of human suffering and loss of life during the conflict will loom large everywhere. But one important theatre of war is likely to remain largely overlooked – Africa.

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