Editor's note

Ethiopia has launched a green legacy initiative that involves massive tree-planting campaigns. In doing this, the country hopes to counter environmental degradation and climate change. But it must also pay attention to its water resources, and consider how a changing climate will affect these. Meron Teferi Taye and Ellen Dyer explain what their climate modeling suggests about the future of the country’s economically and socially important Awash River basin.

South Africa’s Constitution requires that judges act independently and impartially – and that’s bound to occasionally displease party politicians and members of the Executive. This has certainly been the case in recent months, with opposition political leader Julius Malema and the country’s Public Protector, among others, taking verbal aim at the Judiciary. Hugh Corder lays out what must be done to preserve judges’ integrity and their fearless pursuit of constitutional governance.

Moina Spooner

Commissioning Editor: East and Francophone Africa

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Women fetching water from a borehole drilled by an aid foundation in Babile, Ethiopia. EPA/Tobias Hase

Ethiopia’s future is tied to water – a vital yet threatened resource in a changing climate

Meron Teferi Taye, Addis Ababa University; Ellen Dyer, University of Oxford

Parts of Ethiopia will likely be hotter, drier, and more water stressed - with consequences for human and economic development.

South Africa’s Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has had to intervene to protect judges from unfair criticism. GCIS/Flickr

Critics of South Africa’s judges are raising the temperature: legitimate, or dangerous?

Hugh Corder, University of Cape Town

As a branch of government, the courts must naturally be accountable for the exercise of their power. The means of achieving their accountability must be balanced against their necessary independence.

Politics + Society

Ghana’s Year of Return 2019: traveler, tourist or pilgrim?

Rachel Ama Asaa Engmann, Hampshire College

For Africans and diasporans, learning about their heritage is important. But it remains to be seen how this will translate into a sustained continental and diasporan engagement.

South Africa close to ‘junk status’ from all three rating agencies. What would follow?

Misheck Mutize, University of Cape Town; Sean Gossel, University of Cape Town

How South African manages the fallout from its likely downgrade by Moody's in November will determine whether the country will be forced to turn to the IMF for a bailout.

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Essebsi, le défunt Maestro de la Realpolitik tunisienne

Mohamed Kerrou, Université de Tunis El Manar

La légitimité d’Essebsi s’accompagna de trois « coups de maître » que l’histoire retiendra de son bilan de premier président démocratiquement élu en Tunisie.

A l’heure de Netflix, les jeunes adultes conquis mais frustrés

Stephanie Feiereisen, Montpellier Business School – UGEI; Dina Rasolofoarison, Université Paris Dauphine – PSL; Julien Schmitt, ESCP Europe ; Kristine De Valck, HEC Paris Business School – Université Paris-Saclay

Comment les jeunes adultes ressentent-ils le passage à la télévision numérique et comment ce ressenti affecte-t-il leurs pratiques de consommation des séries télévisées ?

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