In Depth The Question

Fri,21Nov2014

The Question

Has the Ebola outbreak exposed West Africa's class divide?

The deadly impact of the ebola virus, which had killed more than 3,800 people by early october, has weakened the health systems of Guinea, liberia and sierra leone and hit rural areas the hardest.

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Should Africa establish its own credit ratings agency?

Moody's downgrading of south african banks in august and Ghana's government in June raises questions about whether external rating agencies have sufficient local knowledge to chart african risk.

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Do oil companies care enough about oil spills?

In June the first judgement in a test case against shell at London's High Court ruled that the company may be liable for oil spills caused by sabotage or theft. The case has been brought by 15,000 villagers in the Niger Delta.

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Should Egypt's suspension from the African Union be lifted?

The African Union (AU) was the first international body to condemn the ousting of President Morsi in July 2013. now that the 'ouster', Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is Egypt's elected president the au looks likely to lift its suspension.

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Is Africa selling itself short with tax holidays and other breaks?

Many african governments attract foreign direct investment with tax breaks. However, a scathing new report criticises sierra leone for offering too many fiscal advantages to multinationals, resulting in underfunded public services.

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Is the Muslim Brotherhood being persecuted in Egypt?

In Egypt, since the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi on 3 July 2013, protests have been violently suppressed and many thousands put in jail. Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood say they are being victimized.

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Is Africa getting fat?

Africa's GDP is growing but so too are africans' waistlines, according to new data. The story of african malnutrition is well known, but is the continent now facing a new and equally deadly challenge: obesity?

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