ON December 17, 2010, young Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself alight in front of the local governor’s office in an ultimate attempt to denounce corruption and injustice in his country. This act of despair triggered the Arab Spring. Eight years later, despite the government’s sustained efforts, corruption seems to be more prevalent in Tunisia than it was under former president …
Political space is shrinking in Africa. More often than not, political opposition in countries across the continent has been met with internet shutdowns, repression, and outright violence.
As Tutsi intellectuals and academics were actively targeted and murdered in 1994, important intellectual capital was lost. However, current literature scholars have also repeatedly argued that Rwandans self-censor their research on politically sensitive topics.
Parallels have been drawn between events in Algeria and the “Arab Spring” which swept through North Africa from 2011. The uprisings led to the overthrow of three authoritarian regimes: Tunisia’s Ben Ali, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak.
A genuine and inspiring people’s revolution, powerful yet so far remarkably peaceful, perhaps a second Arab Spring, has been unfolding in Algeria.