Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo is used to win a place in government, not to overthrow it. And it keeps working.
Rwanda believes DRC continues to provide refuge for those behind the 1994 genocide.
All that remains of the political icon is a tooth, but it represents much more than just a human trophy.
Recent clashes put eastern Congo’s M23 into the headlines again, but many other security problems persist in the area as diplomats struggle to tackle the underlying causes.
Felix Tshisekedi must come out from under former premier Joseph Kabila’s thumb.
Links between groups within the Kivu province and the Islamic state are not new.
A military confrontation between Uganda and Rwanda remains implausible. But the stand-off between the two countries is reminiscent of the worst days between them.
The intertwining of the market, state and society has continued to see itself expressed through music in the DRC.
For many of contemporary Congolese musicians the idea of authenticité was seen as a positive one at a certain level, even though Mobutu abused Congo culture to build his own personality cult.
Congolese President Joseph Kabila was due to step down last year after serving two terms. But he failed to organise elections leading to deadly protests. Is Congo’s future now in grave danger?
Ranting narcissists with no patience for detail have terrorised and suppressed their people the world over. Is a new one about to join their ranks?
Congolese singer Papa Wemba might have been one of Africa’s best loved musicians - but his politics wasn’t popular with all his compatriots.