Editor's note

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has just wrapped up a conference pledging solidarity with the people of Western Sahara. The sparsely populated territory in Northwest Africa has been embroiled in a decades-long struggle for independence from Morocco. Frank Mattheis writes that the conference was an attempt to refocus the world’s attention on the struggle of the region's Sahrawi people for self-determination.

The Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission has heard numerous accounts of gross human rights violations committed under the country's previous ruler, Yahya Jammeh. Abdul-Jalilu Ateku says there's no doubt the commission will uncover a great deal - but it's unclear how Jammeh, in whose name the crimes were committed for two decades, will account for the allegations against him.

Thabo Leshilo

Politics + Society Editor

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A Sahrawi refugee carries a flag of the Democratic Arab Republic of Sahara. MOHAMED MESSARA/EPA

Why Western Sahara remains one of Africa’s most divisive political issues

Frank Mattheis, University of Pretoria

The solidarity conference by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) can be seen as a reaction to the gradual shift of power towards Morocco.

Gambian refugees return home from Senegal on January 21, 2017, the day Yahya Jammeh conceded defeat and left the country. EPA/Legnan Koula

How The Gambia is going about its search for truth and reconciliation

Abdul-Jalilu Ateku, University of Nottingham

Criminal trials await those found responsible for the most serious crimes in The Gambia.

Politics + Society

Why buildings keep collapsing in Lagos and what can be done about it

Ndubisi Onwuanyi, University of Benin

Lagos has all the appropriate laws but it needs to adopt the right procedures and see them through.

The legacy of Okwui Enwezor – the curator who exhibited Africa to the world

Rory Bester, University of the Witwatersrand

Curator Okwui Enwezor, who has died aged 55, will be remembered for the hugely generative legacy of everything he has achieved.

Science + Technology

Scientists are developing new, exciting strategies for the fight against TB

Mohlopheni Jackson Marakalala, UCL

The push to end TB requires significant investment into the research and development of new diagnostics and treatments.

Cat fleas in Africa are a mystery we’re trying to solve

Luther van der Mescht, Stellenbosch University

By finding out more about the cat flea, researchers could maybe identify better pest control measures.

From our international editions

Is Brexit an opportunity to revive the EU-India trade deal?

Sangeeta Khorana, Bournemouth University

Despite growing trade between the EU and India, talks stalled in 2013 after 16 rounds, only resuming in 2018. Some in Brussels blame Britain.

A new drug promises to lower risks of asthma attack

Himanshu Kaul, University of British Columbia

Asthma affects around 339 million people worldwide. A new drug promises to lower risks of asthma attack and may eventually allow patients to reduce their dependence on steroids.

En français

La rumeur à l’œuvre : Roms, trafic d’organes et étudiants africains

Julien Bondaz, Université Lumière Lyon 2

La diffusion sur les réseaux sociaux d’un article parodique sur les frais d’inscription à l’université a généré de multiples réactions chez les étudiants des pays francophones d’Afrique de l’Ouest.

De Marseille aux « gilets jaunes » : l’échec de la politique du logement

Yankel Fijalkow, Université Paris Nanterre – Université Paris Lumières

Faut-il réellement construire pour répondre aux besoins du mal-logement en France ?


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