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Fri,14Dec2018

The Question

Should African governments fund space programmes?

Nigeria plans to train an astronaut by 2015 and now has three functioning satellites in orbit that are used for communications and scientific research. People at home and abroad have questioned the government's priorities.

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Should African political parties publish their lists of donors?

Most African ruling parties insist upon maintaining secrecy on the origin of political donations in order to avoid scrutiny. But more opposition parties are now calling for openness to be the norm.

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Has Nigerian Afrobeats overtaken Congolese rumba?

For years Congolese rumba was a continental favourite, but now West African tunes are getting young people dancing from Nairobi to Abidjan.

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Should intra-African visas be dropped for Africans?

On 1 January 2013, Rwanda started issuing visas on arrival for citizens of all African countries. In the african union and across Africa, politicians are debating lifting restrictions on the movement of goods and people.

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Would Africa be better off if the Doha Round died?

With a new Brazilian director, Roberto Azevedo, at the head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) preparing for a big meeting this December in Bali, some African negotiators are asking if Doha should be off the agenda.

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Should presidents enjoy immunity from prosecution?

As Zambia's former President Rupiah Banda faces corruption charges, politicians and civil society activists ask if immunity for politicians is a useful policy for developing democracies.

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Debate: Should the Vatican be moved to Africa?

Home to the fastest-growing Catholic population on the planet, Africa is a source of strength for the religion across the globe. Some suggest that the continent could play a greater role.

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