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South Africa: Guptagate and the class nature of corruption

The so-called Guptagate scandal that has gripped South Africa over the past month has further exposed the scale of corruption dogging the ruling ANC. President Zuma was reportedly incandescent with rage.

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France sends troops into Central African Republic

France has sent 350 troops to counter the Seleka (rebel) forces that have taken control of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.

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U.S. a factor in 6 million Congo deaths

Lumumba's murder - "the country's original sin" - was motivated by the U.S. desire to control the Congo's resources.

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Mali, imperialism, and “Françafrique”

About 3,000 French troops have now entered the war in Mali, at the request of Malian President Dioncounda Traoré.

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Mali stalemate is dangerous dilemma for Africa

The probability of outside military intervention in the West African country of Mali has increased sharply.

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Marikana mine massacre reflects South Africa's persistent inequality and social turmoil

More astute analysis highlights the appalling situation of South Africa's mining communities as being fertile ground for the crisis that has developed at Marikana.

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“Let them eat cake,” says king as Swaziland plunges into crisis

Opposition to Mswati's royal despotism has been arising through the trade unions. Demands include increased wages and union rights, as well as democratic reforms.

Ghana mourns president’s death

Ghana is mourning the death of its beloved president, John Evans Atta Mills, who was only five months away from the end of his first term and expected re-election.

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Today in history: Nelson Mandela's birthday

Mandela was elected South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in prison for his fight against racist apartheid, and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his work towards world peace

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Extremism, foreign intervention dangers increase in Mali

The political situation in the West African country of Mali has taken a significant turn for the worse.

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