Monthly Archives: March 2015

Africa’s Premier League dreams shattered?

Africa reacted angrily when English Football Association chairman Greg Dyke announced new measures intended to boost England’s national team. This is because the rules regarding the granting of work permits to players from outside the European Union were fundamentally changing. From 1 May, footballers from countries outside Fifa’s top 50-ranked sides will find it harder […]

Nigeria election: Voting continues after extension

Voting is to continue in some parts of Nigeria after technical problems during Saturday’s presidential election. The electoral commission postponed voting because of problems with electronic card readers – new technology intended to reduce fraud. There was also some violence with more than 20 people reportedly killed in attacks by unknown gunmen. It is expected […]

Africa: Record-Breaking Year for Asylum Claims: 8 Key Trends

2014 was a year of records for asylum claims, according to an annual round-up released today by UNHCR, which noted that 866,000 claims were made in the world’s industrialized nations, double the figure for 2013. That figure will undoubtedly grab headlines, but the report reveals many other important trends. IRIN has highlighted a few of […]

Africa and Global Power – On the Rise, but At the Margins

As pressure mounts for Africa to take greater responsibility for development, peace and security on the continent, the question of regional leadership becomes pressing. A recent African Futures paper explores the changing power capabilities of Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa (the so-called ‘Big Five’) over the next 25 years. These countries are all […]

SA convicts ex-tennis doubles star Bob Hewitt of rape

Hewitt pleaded not guilty to allegations that he had abused three of his former students Former tennis Grand Slam champion Bob Hewitt has been found guilty by a South African court of raping underage girls. Hewitt, 75, had denied two charges of rape and a third charge of sexual assault. The attacks took place in […]

Uganda: Govt Paid American Congressmen Shs 614 Million to Clean Image After to Anti-Gay Bill

A supplementary request of Shs 614m by the ministry of Foreign Affairs to pay Scribe Strategies and Advisors, a US public relations company that sanitized Uganda’s international image tainted by the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act in 2014 has been sharply criticized by MPs. Some MPs on the House budget committee refused to approve the […]

Cricket World Cup 2015: South Africa ease into semi-finals

South Africa cruised into the World Cup semi-finals with a one-sided thrashing of a sorry Sri Lanka in Sydney. Off-spinner JP Duminy took a hat-trick and leg-spinner Imran Tahir 4-26 as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 133. The Proteas then eased to their target for the loss of only one wicket in 18 overs, […]