Editor's note

Many Algerians are celebrating after long-time leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika agreed to step down. His announcement follows massive protests, as citizens took to the streets to oppose Bouteflika's plan to run for a fifth term. Some analysts have drawn parallels between events in Algeria and the 2011 Arab Spring. But, argues Dounia Mahloul, there is a distinct difference.

This weekend marks 25 years since the genocide in Rwanda that left anywhere between 800 000 and one million people dead. It is still difficult to imagine the horror visited on the country. "Hell” is the one word virtually every chronicler of the mass murder and rape uses to describe the genocide. Chigbo Arthur Anyaduba explains why.

Julius Maina

Regional Editor East Africa

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Algerians protest against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algiers, Algeria, 29 March 2019. EFE/Mohamed Messara

Bouteflika steps aside as Algerians push to reclaim and own their history

Dounia Mahlouly, SOAS, University of London

Algeria's elite has built its legitimacy on a distorted memory of the war of independence.

Inside the Sainte-Famille Church which was the scene of killings during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. EPA/Ahmed Jallanzo

Portraying Rwanda’s genocide as an encounter with hell

Chigbo Arthur Anyaduba, University of Winnipeg

Stories about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda have been evolving as descent narratives telling about journeys through hell.

Politics + Society

Cyclone Idai shows why long-term disaster resilience is so crucial

Channing Arndt, CGIAR System Organization; Claudia Ringler, The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Cyclone Idai hit poor countries the hardest and shows why disaster resilience is a necessity.

Cyclone Idai showed how some countries battle to handle disasters

Femi Amao, University of Sussex

The international community responded quickly to Cyclone Idai as the African Union dragged its feet.

Health + Medicine

Scorecards can help measure health outcomes. An East Africa case study

Wilfred Senyoni, University of Oslo

East African countries use a scorecard to monitor maternal and child health progress in the region.

Africa needs a heavy dose of investment in genomics research

Jenniffer Mabuka-Maroa, African Academy of Sciences

Genomics research is crucial to identify Africa-specific solutions to a range of diseases.

From our international editions

All too hard: understanding Brexit, Theresa May and the British humiliation

Matthew Flinders, University of Sheffield

One wrong turn after another has left the British prime minister cornered.

Cervical pre-cancer rates down 88% in decade since HPV vaccinations began – first findings

Kevin Pollock, Glasgow Caledonian University

Why it is now realistic to talk about eliminating cervical cancer altogether.

Playing in overtime: why the Crusaders rugby team is right to rethink brand after Christchurch attack

Geoff Troughton, Victoria University of Wellington

The Crusaders rugby club has been embroiled in debate about its branding as the imagery, once widely used in New Zealand, has become embarrassing, even repugnant, following the Christchurch attack.

Venezuela’s power struggle reaches a tense stalemate, as human suffering deepens

David Smilde, Tulane University

As rival factions vie for control over Venezuela, many of the country’s 31 million people are suffering prolonged power outages, food and water shortages, and limited access to medicine.

En français

Des chercheurs mettent au point une méthode pour détecter les espèces envahissantes

Franck Courchamp, Université Paris Sud – Université Paris-Saclay

À partir de modèles statistiques et d’une base de données sur des espèces envahissantes de fourmis, une équipe internationale vient de mettre au point un outil pour prévenir les invasions biologiques.

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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