In Depth

Wed,29Jul2015

In Depth

The Promises and Perils of Democracy in Africa

Eva M. Clayton. Photo©livingstongroupdc.comThe Obama Administration along with other American leadership, especially my former colleagues of the Congressional Black Caucus, have a duty to the birthplace of humanity, writes Eva M. Clayton, former representative of the U.S. House of Representatives for the state of North Carolina.

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African Ocean and Coasts - our heritage, our life, our destiny

Obiageli 'Oby' Ezekwesili is a former Vice President of the World Bank for Africa, a former Nigerian Education Minister and co-founder of Transparency International. Photo©ReutersAfrica has a combined coastline of over 47,000 km, and with that a vast ocean resource and potential new economic frontier. However it is under threat and in decline, writes Obiageli 'Oby' Ezekwesili.

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The Hissene Habre affair: Timeline

20 July marked the first time in the history of Africa when a former Head of State faced a court on the continent accused of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes. It took fifteen years to prepare for the trial of Chad's former leader, Hissene Habre, whose bloody regime prosecuting judges say killed thousands. The once feared Habre is being tried in Dakar, Senegal. Below is a timeline of the fight to bring him to justice.

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Copyright, an intellectual liberation

South African winemakers should smell the rooibos and protect their geographical uniqueness. Photo©René Mattes/Hemis.frIt is too late for Ethiopia – which takes credit for the discovery of the caffeinated red beans in its highlands a thousand years ago – to patent the invention of coffee, but it is now doing the next best thing.

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African brands: Fight for your copyright

Illustration by Alex Green for The Africa ReportBootleg handbags and pirated films keep informal economies going so African governments turn a blind eye to counterfeiting. Could they do more though to protect the continent's traditional knowledge? Zimbabwean IP lawyer and novelist Petina Gappah looks beyond the labels.

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Africa's role in climate talks - Kofi Annan

Kofi AnnAn Chair of the Africa Progress Panel, Nobel laureate and former secretary general of the United Nations. Photo©Vincent Fournier for JAThe continent can build on the progress of Ethiopia and Rwanda with low-carbon energy investments.

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