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Aiding and Abetting Africa

Image courtesy of Gavin Coates, © 2013, some rights reserved.

Article by Justin McCarthy, written for and originally published by the St. Andrews Foreign Affairs Review.

At a time when the world seems wholly preoccupied with ongoing events in the Middle East, namely the ‘global war on terror’ and the ongoing crisis in Syria, China’s growing …

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Britain and the Mau Mau: The Long Arm of History

The Foreign Office has been fighting a four-year compensation battle with Mau Mau veterans. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Decades after Britain gave up its last colony in Africa, its time as an imperial power continues to shape relations with its former territories and their people. Of these, none more so than Kenya and the 5,228 …

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Mandela’s mantle and the future of South African politics

Mamphela Ramphele and her party are making all the right noises; now it’s about actions. Photo credit: Chatham House via Wikimedia Commons.

Since South Africa was freed from apartheid rule in 1994 following decades of brutal and unjustified white domination, the African National Congress (ANC) has won every parliamentary election – 4 in total. This …