Editor's note

The military coup that ended Omar al-Bashir’s long stay in power sent shock waves around Africa and the world. But protesters, whose months-long demonstrations piled tremendous pressure on the elderly ruler, aren’t content with his ouster. They want his entire regime to step aside. David E Kiwuwa maps out what comes next for Sudan.

Meanwhile, Mattia Cacciatori mulls one of the biggest questions that is bound to follow al-Bashir’s resignation: whether the International Criminal Court should prosecute him for crimes against humanity. And Mohamed A. Satti describes the role that music and lyrics have always played in Sudan’s fights against oppressive regimes.

Julie Masiga

Peace + Security Editor

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The military has taken control of Sudan while protesters demand a total clean-out of Omar al-Bashir’s regime. STRINGER/EPA-EFE

Why al-Bashir’s fall is only the start of a new Sudan

David E Kiwuwa, University of Nottingham

The time for fundamental political reforms in Sudan is now with the end of al-Bashir's rule.

The ICC has tried and failed - to prosecute deposed Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir. KHALED ELFIQI/EPA-EFE

Al-Bashir: why the ICC is between a rock and a hard place

Mattia Cacciatori, University of Bath

The fact that al-Bashir has been deposed will again raise questions about the former Sudanese president facing trial at the ICC.

Protests against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019. EPA

Songs of freedom: the soundtracks of political change in Sudan

Mohamed A. Satti, American University of Kuwait

Songs provided motivation and guidance to protesters in Sudan during their uprising against Omar al-Bashir.

Environment + Energy

Cyclone Idai is over – but its health effects will be felt for a long time

Kerrigan McCarthy, National Institute for Communicable Diseases; Lucille Blumberg, University of the Witwatersrand

The flood waters caused by Cyclone Idai have receded. But in some ways, the problems for many of the countries affected, are just beginning.

Killer tadpoles threaten Andaman archipelago’s native frog species

Nitya Mohanty, Stellenbosch University

A new study reveals that it’s not only adult bullfrogs that pose a threat but their tadpoles do, too.

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Linguists found the weirdest languages – and English is one of them

Adam Schembri, University of Birmingham

This explains why some aspects of English can be so hard to learn for speakers of other languages.


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