AFRICA REVOLUTION SERIES part 4: Who ‘Ate’ The Uprising? And What Did Terrorism And China Have To Do With It?

Terrorism forced many technology and security sector reforms that strengthened otherwise rickety African state structures and better enabled them to hold on to power.

Africa Doesn’t Have An Image Problem; It Has A Reality Problem; Plus The Story of Rwanda’s ‘Small’ Money And How The World Doesn’t Owe Us Anything

‘I said to myself that he must be from a corrupt oil or mineral rich African country like Angola or Equatorial Guinea. The country, I said to myself, must also be a dictatorship. Diplomats from honest and democratic countries with a vibrant free press don’t wear $2,400 Clive Christian No.1 perfumes’  Recently I was in Paris for a conference on “media …

Burundi: A Nation Trapped By A Crocodile, Its Born-Again Track-Suit Addicted President, And The Mountains

Maybe you did, maybe you didn’t, watch the 2007 film “Primeval”. Primeval, originally titled “Gustave”, follows a news team sent to Burundi to capture a crocodile on Lake Tanganyika. That crocodile is called Gustave. According to a Wikipedia entry, in 2004 Gustave was estimated to be 60 years old, 20 feet (6.1 m) in length and to weigh around 1,000 kilogrammes. …