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A group of protesters demanding better governance in Nigeria just as the country marked its 60th Independence Day anniversary on October 1, 2020. Photo by Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Nigeria is not a failed state, but it has not delivered democracy for its people

Although it's failed to deliver democracy to citizens, Nigeria is not the collapsed and disintegrated entity which a 2005 US National Intelligence Council analysis predicted it would become by 2020.
Young people are balancing several responsibilities - they’re school-goers, job seekers or employees, caregivers, friends and community members.  Shutterstock

Young South Africans upbeat despite broken promises and poor odds

Although cynical about today's political leaders, the views of young South Africans are surprisingly similar to those of the mid-1990s.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, centre, takes part in a climate strike march in Montreal, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. Graham Hughes/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Reasserting proper relationships of accountability in the Age of Greta

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has inspired the cross-country climate marches, but accountability lies with governments and corporations.
RAAF warplanes fly over Syria in Australia’s first airstrikes in that country in September 2015. AAP/ADF

War and democracy – who decides?

The wars in Syria and Iraq are products of secretive decision-making by the executive. Their disastrous consequences are evidence of the need for war powers reform.
Qedani Mahlangu resigned as the local government minister for health in Gauteng following the deaths of 94 mentally ill patients. South African Tourism

Top political executives in South Africa don’t resign: they only quit under duress

Mahlangu's resignation over the deaths of mental patients sets her apart from her colleagues in government. But, it does not portend a new trend in political accountability for the governing ANC.

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