A political body of the AU is second-guessing a legal body in its interpretation of the African Charter, on the basis of prejudice against LGBTI people. REUTERS/Antony Njuguna

African commission turns 30, but threats to its independence remain real

A dispute between the African Union's executive and the commission responsible for overseeing human rights could weaken the protection of peoples' rights.
A man protesting against the government’s new power to ban organisations deemed anti-Pancasila, Indonesia’s state ideology. Reuters/Beawiharta

Indonesia takes an ultra-nationalist turn against Islamic populism

A recently passed regulation in lieu of law allows the government to ban organisations deemed against Indonesia's state ideology Pancasila. It marks a troubling turn towards ultra-nationalism.
Joshua Wong (left), Alex Chow (centre) and Nathan Law (right) speak to the press outside the Court of Final Appeal after the first hearing in their bid to appeal their jail sentences in Hong Kong on November 7, 2017. ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP

How Hong Kong Umbrella movement was crushed and pro-democracy activists gradually silenced

In Hong Kong, challenges for the new generation of activists are not how to mobilise mass protests, but how to wrestle with the state’s innovative strategy to manage society.
Donald Trump’s and Rodrigo Duterte’s mutual admiration could bring about a thaw in U.S.-Philippine relations. Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha

Did Trump’s charm offensive work in the Philippines?

When Obama was president, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to break up with America. Is it time to make up?
U.S. President Donald Trump has taught the world many lessons since his time in office – mostly on how not to govern. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

All the lessons Donald Trump has taught us

Love him or hate him, Donald Trump has shown us a great deal in his short time on the political stage. For that, we should be grateful. Here are the lessons taught by Prof. Trump.
Donald Trump’s justification for decertifying the Iran nuclear deal stems from his view that Iran is violating the deal’s spirit. Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Why Trump’s decertification of the Iran nuclear deal may prove a costly mistake

Aside from vague threats of violence and suggestions he could 'renegotiate' the Iran nuclear agreement, Donald Trump has provided little in the way of coherent or viable policy options.
A ceasefire with the ELN rebel group is another big step toward peace in Colombia, but the road ahead is long. Reuters/Federico Rios

Peace makes strides in Colombia, but the battle is far from won

A court decision securing last year's peace deal and a new ceasefire have invigorated Colombia's peace process, but there are plenty of ways it could still go wrong.
Talking about ivory-funded terrorism overlooks the real sources of income for terror groups. Author supplied

Why blaming ivory poaching on Boko Haram isn’t helpful

The idea that terror groups like Boko Haram fund their activities through ivory poaching in Africa is a compelling narrative. But it’s undermining wildlife conservation and human rights.
South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court Decision to reinstate almost 800 criminal charges against President Zuma. GCIS

President Zuma loses bid to dodge 783 charges. But will he have the last laugh?

The Supreme Court of Appeal judgment means that South Africa's president must be prosecuted - unless the national director of public prosecutions decides again to drop the charges against him.
‘The call for Black lives to matter is fundamentally a call for peace. And peace must not be confused with the momentary quiet of submission.’ Annette Bernhardt/flickr

Black Lives Matter is a revolutionary peace movement

The peace and justice Black Lives Matter seeks require a fundamental transformation of a system that preys on and benefits from Black suffering.

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