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Questions relating to the government or politics of the continent of Africa

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Why has the African region not seen many Covid-19 cases so far? [migrated]

According to the World Health Organization's situation report for March 12th, the African region has only recorded 51 cases of the Covid-19 virus, and only one of these cases has been fatal. The ...
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Does France deny the support of genocide in African countries and mass-massacre of Algerian people? [closed]

Does France deny the genocide against Algerian people during their occupation of Algeria? Did France ever apologize to any African country for these incidents? Here some articles about French actions ...
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Why did Ethiopia not fight for the coastline of Eritrea when giving them independence? [closed]

It is kind of crazy to me that Ethiopia wouldn't just take that slither of Eritrea that connects them to the coast. They were bigger and could easily have done it when giving them independence. Just ...
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How much influence does Saudi Arabia have over Nigeria?

I read this article that says that Saudi Arabia has some influence over Nigeria to the point where Nigeria may be on their side in the current Iran-Saudi Arabia proxy conflict. How much political and ...
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Why does the U.S. keep pushing “the debt trap” narrative in Africa when China is not the major source of debt distress in Africa?

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5652847de4b033f56d2bdc29/t/5c467754898583fc9a99131f/1548121941093/Briefing+Paper+1+-+August+2018+-+Final.pdf We find that Chinese loans are not currently a ...
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Why are African countries willing to accept Chinese loans when they are not seen as sustainable?

Why are African countries willing to accept Chinese loans when they are not seen as sustainable? Many Chinese loans have higher extended interest rates and short maturities, with heavy collateral ...
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What can France do to prevent West African countries from ditching the CFA Franc?

What can France do to prevent West African countries from ditching the CFA Franc? https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/african-currency-eco-replace-cfa-franc-190711162229142.html Leaders from eight ...
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Is the success of Chinese economic model in Africa a threat to Western interests?

Rwanda's economic development has been fantastic in the last couple of years allowing Rwanda to become a model of development success. Is this success a good thing considering that its model of ...
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Why does the US seem to have a rather low economic interest in Africa?

This question shows us the increasing economic interest of China in the African continent. Indeed this document confirms that China's trade in goods with African countries is half of the EU's: ...
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Is it true that South Africa has the most protests per capita in the world?

While the numbers seem to vary widely (depending on who is speaking), it seems that there are roughly 3 public protests per day, on average, in South Africa (which can include events as diverse as ...
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Why is China trying to develop Africa?

Kishore Mahbubani, a scholar on government policy, claimed (YouTube link) that China is trying to develop Africa more than any other country. What benefits would China gain by developing Africa ...
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What are the incentives for CFA countries to remain under France's financial umbrella?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42_-ALNwpUo It seems that France benefits a lot from having its former colonies rely on France's financial system, but the former colonies don't really seem to derive ...
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Why isn't Somalia a part of the East African Federation?

The East African Federation is a proposed nation state that's made up of 6 unified east African states: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. This doesn't include Somalia, a ...
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What benefits does the African trade bloc bring to the African Union's member states?

What benefits does the African trade bloc bring to the AU's member states and what changes does this deal bring?
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Why did South African soldiers choose EO over UNITA?

This is a question concerning Executive Outcomes and UNITA. I concede this question is slightly Tom Clancy-esque, but I think now that these events have been largely declassified all these decades ...
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Why are there protests when Abdelaziz Bouteflika was announced as candidate to presidential elections in Algeria?

Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced (or actually - it was announced on his behalf) that he will be running for the next presidential elections in Algeria. This led to massive protests against a senile ...
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Why didn't the United Nation send Peacekeepers to Rwanda?

In just 100 days in 1994, some 800,000 people were killed in Rwanda. Canadian General Romeo Dallaire was the overseer of the peacekeeping mission there. He had a small garrison of peacekeepers. ...
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What's the highest level of official recognition that an African country gave to their “brothers” in the US?

I'm guessing that some African countries might have given their "brothers" (see further below a discussion what this could possibly mean) over the Atlantic, meaning African Americans, some kind of ...
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MONUSCO: Member state reaction to UN offensive in the Congo

Last week in the DROC the UN suffered its greatest loss of peacekeeper life since the Battle of Mogadishu, with at least 15 Tanzanian peacekeepers being killed by the insurgent group Allied Democratic ...
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What pressure was President Clinton under when he refused to call the Rwandan Genocide by its name?

In 1994, between 500,000 and a million Rwandans were slaughtered by their country-men ... the international community stood by in quiet horror and watched. Most notably amongst them the United States ...
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What did Trump mean by “Nambia”? [closed]

The pronunciation suggests he meant either the Gambia, Namibia or Zambia. Which is most plausible, given his praising of the healthcare services in "Nambia"?
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Have states/companies placed a military/private security presence on oil platforms in the Gulf of Guinea to ensure security against piracy?

States with a coastline on the Gulf of Guinea have to deal with the tremendous problem of maritime piracy. There are some regional cooperation programs as well as a UE special program to improve ...
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What were the effects of non-nationally divided states in Africa?

Many people today attribute the cause of the numerous conflicts especially in central Africa to be the division of the land to non-national states. And indeed, today the armed conflicts mostly consist ...
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Why has the African Union readmitted Morocco?

As of a few days ago, Morocco has readmitted been to the African Union after 33 years. According to Newsweek, Morocco left the predecessor organization after a majority of the members voted to ...
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Is Africa the only continent where chattel slavery still exists?

The only two places on earth I can find that still have chattel slavery are Sudan and Mauritania. I have read reports that it still occurs in the Sahel region in general but I can't find any concrete ...
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What did the Nigerien opposition coalition hope to gain by boycotting the 2016 runoff election?

I see on Wikipedia that in Niger's 2016 general elections, the incumbent president Issoufou won a plurality in the first round but failed to win a majority needed to actually win the election. A run-...
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Why hasn't Robert Mugabe ordered the death of all remaining European-descended Zimbabweans?

Robert Mugabe has basically become a pariah dictator in his country of Zimbabwe. There is now distrust, hostility, and complete separation between him and Europe. His actions over the past decade ...
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Migrant from Africa to Europe by sea from North Africa

What policy could the European Union adopt to save the large numbers of migrants dying trying to gain access to the EU from northern Africa by sea, without opening the door to a flood on new migrant?
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Why is redrawing the artificial borders not a viable solution to conflicted states?

Multiple states in Middle East and Africa seem to be stuck in violent conflicts that seem to be reoccurring and nearly inevitable because of the unstable internal power balance of various ethnic or ...
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Why is the Sahel region important to western nations?

Recent news has shown that certain Western nations, especially within the EU, are attempting to step up their developmental and military aid in the Sahel region. Why are they interested in the Sahel?...
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What interests do Haiti and the AU have in Haitian associate membership?

According to the Wikipedia page on African Union, Haiti is currently a member observer of the AU and current pending full Associate Member status due at the AU summit in July 2012 (sic). Haiti is in ...
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Why is France involved in Mali?

This month France has sent ground troops to and bombed northern Mali. This feels like the first time in a while that a country besides the US has stuck its neck out to fight violent Islamist groups ...
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Why did Somalia fail as a state, and what keeps it from coming back?

When considering a list of "failed" states, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Somalia are usually considered the textbook examples (see Fragile States Index, 2012). Yemen seems to have crawled back on its ...