Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger announced their intention to leave Ecowas. This may be a pointer to a deeper crisis in the Sahel region.
The decision by the three countries could change the dynamics of Ecowas.
Beijing is losing patience with Myanmar’s military, as well as its influence with resistance groups.
Foreign powers’ interest in the Sahel is driven by its natural resources and strategic location for security and illegal migration control.
Ali Bongo’s illness, the contagion effect of other recent successful coups and palace power tussles are factors responsible for Gabon’s recent coup.
Citizen expectations of governments are not being met by most elected leaders.
Sudan’s civilian protesters have gained a form of political power that traditional elites have struggled to attain.
Violence in Sudan threatens to throw the troubled nation into chaos. A scholar of the region explains what is going on and what’s at stake.
Since seizing power in a 2021 coup, Myanmar’s military has killed more than 3,000 civilians and pro-democracy activists. But the army has struggled to contain an armed resistance movement.
If Nigeria’s public office holders behave, there’s no reason why the country can’t progress.
This week’s executions have reminded the world about what’s happening under the generals. It’s time for Australian policy to change
Democracy is messy. It facilitates change, but through an imperfect process of self-correction. This requires patience, engagement, and commitment.
Shonekan’s enduring legacy is in the business world and not the political arena where he remains a footnote in Nigeria’s history.
The focus on building democracy should be on more intermediary outcomes, which can serve as building blocks for longer term democratic renewal.
Nigeria’s current political problems are simply too daunting to embark on an honest journey to true federalism at this stage.
Sudan has needed and will require compromise and principled political goodwill to realise a difficult transition from military rule.
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What began in the 1940s as a revolutionary army created to liberate Myanmar from British colonial rule soon turned repressive. The country has been a military dictatorship on and off since 1962.
Young people in Myanmar have rallied daily since a Feb. 1 coup, demanding democracy. Now, ever more middle-class professionals are backing their cause, offering food, legal advice and moral support.
The truth remains that no artist through Nigeria’s postcolonial years has contributed close to what Fela did – and continues to do - for human rights and social justice.