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Report

The French colonial who fell in love with Morocco

He is buried next to his compatriot Napoleon, but his name still only rings a bell with few Europeans: Hubert Lyautey, France's first resident-general in Morocco. The French colonial left a special mark on Morocco a hundred years ago, which still lingers today.
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Analysis

Algeria and Morocco's paradoxical support for independence movements

Are Morocco and Algeria using independence movements in a geopolitical joust for more power in the region? Polisario in Western Sahara has long enjoyed Algerian support, and now the Riffian movement is following suit. Conversely, Morocco supports the Kabylian cause in Algeria.
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Editorial

‘Congo is sick and tired of UN peacekeeping mission’

MO* journalist and Congo expert Kris Berwouts worked six months for Monusco in 2015. He shares his experiences  and explains why he understands the Congolese frustration.
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Interview

‘Maybe Africa has answers that the whole world can learn from?’

Since brexit and the election of Trump, multulateralism has lost ground worldwide. Except in Africa where countries are increasingly aware that working together is their only way to count internationally. We spoke with UNDP Africa Director Ahunna Eziakonwa.
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Analysis

Why African countries prefer not to get embroiled in Russia's war

Africa voted very divided on the UN resolution condemning the Russian invasion in the Ukraine. What is the political impact of the conflict on Africa’s cohesion?
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Editorial

What does Rwanda gain from the refugee deal with the UK?

The United Kingdom aims to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, where they will  be subject to the local asylum procedures. Boris Johnson wants the British electorate to forget party gate. But what does Rwanda gain from it?
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Blog Post

The Lost Voices of Dzaleka

The Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi is home to more refugees than the camp can handle, blogger Fleur Leysen noted during her visits there. The temporary camp was built for 8,000 people in need, but quickly turned into a permanent slum housing 52,000 forgotten refugees.
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Interview

Sulaiman Addonia: ‘Not what should be is important, but what can be’

With his novel “Silence is my mother tongue”, Sulaiman Addonia breaks open our imagination about life in refugee camps. Gie Goris accompanied the author to the dark room where he developed his characters: the ponds of Ixelles. An interview about speaking with silence and sex as spirituality.
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Analysis

How the dictator of Cameroon gives millions to American companies to polish his reputation with “fake news”

In 2020, locking up opposition members and forging ballot papers is passé for dictators. A better strategy is to call in PR companies to boost the reputation of your state abroad. This investigation shows how Cameroonian President Paul Biya uses American companies for that purpose.
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Report

Activist Mwazulu Diyabanza visits Antwerp: ‘Chef Ne Kuko must come home!’

In recent months, activist Mwazulu Diyabanza has made several attempts to remove African looted art from European museums. At the request of MO* he visited the Antwerp exhibition 100 x Congo in the Museum aan de Stroom (MAS). 
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Analysis

In Kenya garbage is recycled into opportunities for the young

As the Kenyan economy grows, the amount of waste grows along with it. A flood of new disposable materials, from mouth masks to gloves, puts extra pressure on faulty policies. Can a sustainable waste policy offer young people growth opportunities and reduce the waste heap?
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Analysis

Zimbabwe deposed a dictator, but could not eliminate corruption. Time for a second chance?

Despite promises to improve the human rights situation in Zimbabwe, president Emmerson Mnangagwa's country continues to excel in repression of peaceful protest and freedom of speech. Three years after the expulsion of dictator Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe seems to be back at square one.

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