Elections in The Gambia: But what happens if Jammeh loses?

Elections in The Gambia: But what happens if Jammeh loses?

It’s been two weeks since Alex Vines, research director at Chatham House and head of its Africa program, delivered his clear-eyed assessment of the December 1 elections in The Gambia: “There is no chance of an upset.” Vines, with years of experience at the top-rated independent foreign policy organization, sees…

Burundi plans protest against UN inquiry on human rights

Burundi plans protest against UN inquiry on human rights

Demonstrations are planned in Burundi on Saturday to protest a United Nations decision to investigate human rights abuses, after the UN announced this week it had established a Commission of Inquiry. The U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura issued an informational message about marches in the city that are scheduled to begin…

Activists: Cameroon lawyer protests reflect wider social injustices

As Cameroon’s ongoing demonstrations escalated in Bamenda this week, another round of clashes erupted between security forces, and the lawyers groups, teachers and citizens joining them who demand changes to the historic Anglophone systems. The violent demonstrations followed protests in early November, in the cities of Bamenda, Buea and Limbe,…

Massive Trump election protests sweep across American cities

Thousands of angry Americans took to the streets of New York City, Chicago and other major cities in demonstrations against the election of Republican candidate Donald J. Trump to the United States presidency. Protesters clustered at the Trump Tower building, in Columbus Circle and other high-profile Manhattan sites chanting “not…

UN: No official word on Kenya pullout in South Sudan

A spokesman for United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has stressed the importance of Kenya’s role in South Sudan, while defending the UN report that resulted in Kenya’s swift and unusually strong decision to withdraw more than 1,000 troops from the UNMISS peacekeeping mission. “We have not been officially appraised…

Morocco leader promises change in wake of Fikri death

The social “imbalances” of Morocco that led to last week’s demonstrations following the death of an El Hoceima fish seller will be addressed, says Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane. Benkirane, leader of the Justice and Development Party (PJD), said during an interview that the death of Mohcen Fikri already has…

Joseph Kabila Stalls Elections He Can’t Win

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), outgoing president Joseph Kabila has set off a political crisis by refusing to hold elections that would choose his successor. Last month, teargas filled the air in Kinshasa as young men took to the streets to demand Kabila leave office in December, when…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.