Monthly Archives: December 2012

Mali : the unexpected crisis, a year later…. (guest post by Marc-André Boisvert)

When I moved to Bamako a bit more than a year ago, the international community praised Mali for being a beacon of democracy and stability. I did not see that. I am not pretending that I knew that almost two-third … Continue reading

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Military intervention brings no simple solution to conflict in Mali (guest post by Olli Teirilä)

The latest conflict in Mali’s troubled history is coming to a breakpoint, or at least some kind of a turning point. While in the north of the country the Tuareg rebels continue their recently accelerated fighting against the Islamists of … Continue reading

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Narratives of Injustice: The Counting of Votes in Aboabo, Ghana (guest post by Ulrik Jennische)

The Election Day in Ghana has passed. The incumbent president John D. Mahama and his National Democratic Congress, NDC, have been declared winner by the Electoral Commission, EC. Celebrations have been held across the country. But the electoral process is not … Continue reading

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Ghana votes #2: machines and patience

Yesterday I spent much of the day walking between polling stations: first in James and Ussher towns (downtown Accra) where things seemed to be working really well and then in Ashaiman. The latter location is a market town located close … Continue reading

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Changing picture: same MP candidate, new president, extra expenses

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Ghana votes 2012

I must say that I have been slightly disappointed with the political temperature in Accra. The few days I have spent in Accra have showed nothing like the political spirit of Sierra Leone, or even Liberia. But Wednesday turned out … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe: The Elections that Nobody Wants (guest post by Eldridge Vigil Adolfo)

As elections loom over Zimbabwe in 2013, there is still no resolution to the longstanding political stalemate. The three political parties that formed a Government of National Unity (GNU) in 2008 have not implemented the reforms that would have prepared … Continue reading

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