South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir signs a peace agreement in the capital Juba, on August 26, 2015.
The Sudanese government and its armed opposition are both unhappy with the ceasefire they signed. Senior military officers have also publicly voiced their disapproval of the induced deal.
The nation’s last emperor was followed by chaos, but more recently triumph
Authoritarian and landlocked it may be, but Addis Ababa will mark its last emperor's death as a model of development.
Yahya Jammeh, president of Gambia, addresses the United Nations in September 2014. The dictator is notorious for human rights violations.
President Jammeh has ruled Gambia with an iron fist since he seized power more than two decades years ago. He is responsible for gross human rights abuses, yet he hosts Africa's human rights watchdog.
Former Chadian leader Hissene Habre reacts as he is escorted in to stand trial by Senegalese police at the Palais de Justice in Dakar, Senegal.
The commitment of African countries and the African Union in bringing the trial of former Chadian strongman Hissène Habré to fruition is unprecedented.
There are lessons to be learnt about the ICC from the Kellogg-Briand Pact, signed in 1928. It failed to prevent the outbreak of war but brought war criminals to justice later.
The ICC has not lived up to its noble intentions of making the world more just. Its failure echoes that of the 1928 Kellogg-Briand Pact, which set out to banish wars and to settle disputes peacefully.
Omar al-Bashir waves on arrival in Sudan after attending an African Union summit in Johannesburg.
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The attempt to arrest al-Bashir is the first time a court in an ICC member state has come to answering the question whether a sitting head of state can be detained and handed over to the ICC.
Among friends: Omar al-Bashir at the AU summit.
Omar al-Bashir left South Africa as a court dragged its feet over whether to stop him. This is probably illegal – and it's par for the course.
Sudan President Omar al-Bashir (L) ahead of the African Union summit in Johannesburg.
As a signatory to the Rome Statute, South Africa is obliged to arrest Omar al-Bashir and end his status as a fugitive from international law for war crimes allegedly committed in the conflict in Darfur.
Africa has suffered its fair share of military rule, but many countries are now electoral democracies.
Democracy in Africa has yet to be firmly anchored to withstand the strong currents that threaten it. Although most African countries are electoral democracies, most hold dubious elections.
Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in Nigeria emboldens him to play a leading role in African affairs.
Former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Olusegun Obasanjo led confidently on African affairs because they were elected by comfortable majorities at home and had solid control of their political parties.
Voters line up in Nigeria’s recent election. It was deemed free, fair and relatively peaceful.
Compared to other parts of the world, Africa is not a high-flyer in the area of election management. This can be attributed to the scourge of violence, fraud, corruption and intimidation.
Where did it all go wrong?
Africa's youngest country has been at war for 18 months, and its people are paying the price. Its neighbours and supporters aren't happy.
TshepisoSAT, Africa’s first nano-satellite developed by students and staff at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Nano-satellites are small and cool enough to inspire youth to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Children’s labour entails both benefits and harm that should be assessed at the local level.
A more enlightened approach to child labour would listen to what children say about work, balance work and school, and enhance the flexibility and quality of schooling to cater for working children.
Many Nigerians have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.
The failures of the African Union raise serious questions about when to deploy its security apparatus in general and the Africa Standby Force in particular.
The colonial legacy of rigid approaches to sovereignty continue to hinder co-operative approaches to conservation in Africa.
It is important that co-operative approaches are found to conservation as the natural environment knows no political boundaries.
Omar al-Bashir – the people’s choice (for what that’s worth)
Despite an African Union report warning the election would not be fair, the vote looks set to extend Omar al-Bashir's 26-year rule.
The well-respected Chadian military has entered Cameroon.
Suspected Boko Haram militants have attacked Northern Cameroon in another escalation of their now regional war against Nigeria, Cameron, Chad and Niger. In a cross-border attack, the militants kidnapped…
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the International Criminal Court in The Hague yesterday. He has been accused of organising mass ethnic violence.
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The first appearance of a head of state at the International Criminal Court at The Hague yesterday was a landmark event. But instead of getting any closer to the truth about who was behind violence that…
The oil depot fire raging near Tripoli airport.
Libya’s already edgy security situation is suddenly in a steep decline. France has announced it is evacuating its nationals from the country by sea, and other countries are doing the same with their embassy…