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African Arguments is a pan-African platform for news, investigation and opinion. We seek to analyse issues facing the continent, investigate the stories that matter, and amplify a diversity of voices.

While big news organisations break the news, African Arguments breaks down the news. We do this through our extensive network of journalists, researchers and commentators. We examine the major events making the headlines – adding much-needed nuance, complexity and context – while at the same time shining a light on under-covered issues some would rather were kept in the dark. We cover topics related to politics, economics, gender, the environment, culture, social affairs and much more.

African Arguments also provides a crucial and unique platform for predominantly African writers to reach a predominantly African, and international, audience. Of the 200+ articles we published in 2017, over two-thirds were by African authors. The majority of our readers meanwhile are of African descent, whether living on the continent or in the diaspora.

Thursday, 12 December 2019 - 9:54am
John Magafuli. Credit: GCIS, South Africa. The essentials: Tanzanian President John Magufuli’s campaign to restrict critics or even potential critics of his administration has continued with his efforts to block individuals and NGOs from directly filing cases against his government to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The context: The Court has jurisdiction over all... more
Thursday, 12 December 2019 - 9:00am
Adama Barrow will reach three years in office in January 2020. A new movement is pressuring him to keep to his word and step down. President Adama Barrow at his inauguration in 2017. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. When Adama Barrow became The Gambia’s new president in January 2017, he quickly reversed many of his predecessor’s isolationist policies. After 22 years of authoritarian rule under Yahya... more
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 - 12:57pm
In 2014, attacks attributed to the ADF rebels were followed by local protests against UN peacekeepers. Is history repeating itself? Local distrust of the Congolese army and MONUSCO appear to be high in Beni. Credit: MONUSCO/Myriam Asmani In late November, a growing anti-United Nations (UN) sentiment swept through several towns in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In the town of Beni... more
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 - 11:41am
Could Facebook’s new digital currency become a country’s de facto national currency? In small economies, could a national currency slowly be replaced with libra? Credit: UN Women/Ryan Brown. Earlier this year, when Facebook announced its plan to help launch a new digital currency called Libra in 2020, many Western politicians reacted with scepticism and alarm. In the US, lawmakers in... more
Monday, 9 December 2019 - 3:00pm
The system designed to fuse an unwieldy nation together is now tearing it apart. Credit: Jasmine Halki. When the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) ruling coalition established the system of ethnic federalism after coming to power in 1991, it served a clear purpose. Following the end of the war, the post-conflict government led by Meles Zenawi needed to balance the demands... more