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How Sudan’s Protesters Upped the Ante, And Forced Al-Bashir from Power

Andrew Edward Tchie The Conversation
Following months of protests, and a prolonged sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum, Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir was placed under house arrest on April 11 as the country’s military prepared for a transitional government.

Historians Expose Early Scientists’ Debt to the Slave Trade

Sam Kean Science Magazine
By examining scientific papers, correspondence between naturalists, and the records of slaving companies, historians are now seeing new connections between science and slavery and piecing together just how deeply intertwined they were.

Africa’s Place in the Radical Imagination

Zoé Samudzi ROAR
demonstrators in Madagascar But often, in the process of dreaming that constitutes our radicalisms, we retreat into ahistorical and erasing revisionisms as opposed to situating our political visions within some concrete foundation.

Africa – Realising The Promise of the Demographic Dividend

Graça Machel Pressenza
Africa’s children are generally healthier, live longer, are better schooled, and can aspire to a better life than those before. However, this modest progress cannot hide the challenge that remains. Hunger and lack of schools is still too common.

Global Left Midweek - December 19, 2018

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Budapest Fills the Streets, Disability Rights in NZ, Belgian Workers Party, Uruguay's Ex-President Reflects, NGOs and Women's Rights in Africa, Québec Solidaire On the Move

Securing Ramaphosa’s Presidency – At What Cost?

Raymond Suttner Polity (South Africa)
People cherished many expectations for Cyril Ramaphosa's presidency. Many of these were not necessarily realistic and may have derived from a sense of relief in the departure of Jacob Zuma, rather than what may have been possible for Ramaphosa to do.
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