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Soldiers protest Ethiopia reforms

By Heather Bourbeau / October 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Soldiers protest Ethiopia reforms

The new prime minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, has included the state security forces in his wide-ranging program of reform. And while most have welcomed the overall changes, not everyone is keen on how these reforms have been implemented. Last week, several hundred elite soldiers in the Ethiopian Defense Forces marched to the prime minister’s […]

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Nigerian candidate targets abductions, crime

By Heather Bourbeau / October 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Nigerian candidate targets abductions, crime

Oby Ezekwesili, a former minister of education and co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls advocacy group, threw her hat into the ring for the 2019 presidential elections in Nigeria. She will run as the candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria. In a speech last week, Ezekwesili said that the government “promised to […]

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Togo’s opposition leader hospitalized after hunger strike

By Heather Bourbeau / October 4, 2018 / Comments Off on Togo’s opposition leader hospitalized after hunger strike

Togolese opposition leader Nicodeme Ayao Habia was taken to a clinic in Lomé, the Togo capital, following a 14-day hunger strike. Habia was demanding the release of about 40 protestors who had called for the resignation of Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe. The ambulance that had taken Habia tried to cross into Ghana to seek better […]

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‘Fake trans’ candidates aim to game election

By Mark A. Bonta / September 4, 2018 / Comments Off on ‘Fake trans’ candidates aim to game election

Transgender politics in the Mexican state of Oaxaca are uniquely fraught, as Oaxacan electoral rules allow muxes — a traditional third-gender group belonging to indigenous Zapotec society — to run as women. The twist is the apparent abuse of this by male candidates identifying as muxes solely to seek offices legally delegated to women. Following […]

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