Editor's note

The death of former Zimbabwean strongman Robert Mugabe provides a moment to reflect on leadership succession in the last three countries to achieve independence and black majority rule in southern Africa: Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa. Henning Melber sets out how in all three countries – which remain led by liberation struggle heroes decades after the end of white minority rule – young people and women have hardly made significant inroads into the male-dominated core structures of power.

Dams are an important way to ensure that more people across sub-Saharan Africa have consistent access to clean water. But if they’re not properly planned, dams may bring an unintended consequence: a rise in cases of malaria. Solomon Kibret explains how factors like altitude, rainfall and the slope of a dam can contribute to malaria cases.

Thabo Leshilo

Politics + Society Editor

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Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the funeral of his predecessor, Robert Mugabe. EPA-EFE/Aaron Ufumeli

Mugabe is dead, but old men still run southern Africa

Henning Melber, University of Pretoria

It remains to be seen how much longer the 'old men syndrome' will persist in Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa, despite growing frustration among the politically powerless.


Dams increase the risk of malaria. Here’s why

Solomon Kibret, University of California, Irvine

Water is crucial to the spread of malaria because mosquitoes breed and lay their eggs in or near bodies of water.

Environment + Energy

Invasive tadpoles can recognise potential predators in new environments

Natasha Kruger, Stellenbosch University

What was particularly interesting about the responses of the tadpoles was that they were similar even through they had very different evolutionary histories with the three species we chose.

Why the global Red List mislabels the risk to many species

Mark D. Scherz, Technical University Braunschweig

The Red List ranks species based on how threatened they are. But it can be inaccurate.

From our international editions

Are the Amazon fires a crime against humanity?

Tara Smith, Bangor University

Destroying the Amazon rainforest will accelerate climate change, harming millions. Can those responsible be prosecuted?

Israel elections: who women vote for and how it’s shifting

Einat Gedalya-Lavy, Newcastle University

As Israelis head to the polls for the second time in 2019, what role will gender play in the vote?

More refugees arrive on Greek islands amid overcrowding and water shortages

Gemma Bird, University of Liverpool

The new Greek government is putting in place new measures to stop the flow of refugees crossing the Aegan Sea.

Caribbean fish love catastrophic hurricanes

Thomas J. Kwak, North Carolina State University; Alonso Ramirez, North Carolina State University

Big storms with lots of flooding, like hurricanes Dorian and Maria, actually restore the Caribbean's delicate balance between native and nonnative fish species, new research finds.

En français

L'écoanxiété mène au retour de l'action citoyenne

Chantal Pouliot, Université Laval; Audrey Groleau, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR); Isabelle Arseneau, Université Laval

Les citoyens détiennent des savoirs pertinents et sont capables de saisir les enjeux complexes des questions socialement et scientifiquement vives, dont les changements climatiques.

Droits de l’homme : l’impact indirect des multinationales dans les pays émergents

Olivier Lamotte, École de Management de Normandie – UGEI; Ana Colovic, Neoma Business School; Octavio Escobar, PSB Paris School of Business – UGEI; Pierre-Xavier Meschi, IAE Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management – Aix-Marseille Université

Le cas du Mexique nous enseigne que les multinationales sont de plus en plus vigilantes mais que leurs activités encouragent les violations dans les entreprises locales.


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