Editor's note

There have been major political developments in two African countries over the past few days. In Zimbabwe, citizen protests turned violent as police officers were caught on camera beating people who’d taken to the streets to show their displeasure with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government. Brian Raftopoulos argues that Mnangagwa’s strategies since coming to power in 2018 have failed. And in Sudan, an agreement between the military and the country’s civilian movement has sparked hopes that a new start is on the horizon for the beleaguered nation. The African Union was key in negotiating the agreement and, writes Femi Amao, has been rightly praised for that. But he suggests there are lessons on how to do things even better in resolving future conflicts.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has spent a year fighting a deadly outbreak of the highly contagious Ebola Virus Disease. The World Health Organisation recently declared the epidemic a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern”. C Raina MacIntyre and Obijiofor Aginam explore the reasons for this and what help it may bring. Elsewhere, Abdhalah Ziraba examines the implications of any disease outbreak for a country’s economy and social fabric. And in today’s episode of Pasha, Janusz Paweska discusses what must be done to tackle the epidemic.

Thabo Leshilo

Politics + Society Editor

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Zimbabwe’s crisis is deepening on all fronts. globalnewsart.com/Shutterstock

Repression and dialogue in Zimbabwe: twin strategies that aren’t working

Brian Raftopoulos, University of the Free State

The Mnangagwa regime's coercive acts are a continuation of the violence and brutality of the Mugabe era, while he seeks global re-engagement and selective national dialogue.

The Chairman of Sudan’s transitional council, Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan, speaks during the power sharing agreement ceremony. Morwan Ali/EPA

The AU’s role in brokering Sudan deal offers lessons for the future

Femi Amao, University of Sussex

The African Union's role in Sudan's political crisis proves that it's legal framework is strong enough to resolve regional disputes

Health + Medicine

How outbreaks like Ebola extract huge social and economic costs

Abdhalah Ziraba, African Population and Health Research Center

Epidemics can have massive social ramifications where prohibitions are imposed on travel, socio-cultural events and schooling.

Why the DRC Ebola outbreak was declared a global emergency and why it matters

C Raina MacIntyre, UNSW; Obijiofor Aginam, United Nations University

Timing is everything when it comes to making a decision about declaring a disease outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.


Pasha 31: Ebola in the DRC – Part 1

Ozayr Patel, The Conversation

The current Ebola outbreak in the DRC is incredibly difficult to manage.

Pasha 32: Ebola in the DRC - Part 2

Ozayr Patel, The Conversation

The Ebola vaccine alone is not enough to deal with the outbreak in the DRC.

From our international editions

Citizens of nowhere: one million Rohingya still without rights, status or justice

Abdullah Yusuf, University of Dundee

The current repatriation deal signed by Myanmar and Bangladesh fails to guarantee the safety and citizenship of the Rohingya people or address issues of justice for crimes perpetrated against them.

‘We die together’: Hong Kong protests are being driven by a fearless young generation

Malte Phillipp Kaeding, University of Surrey

Who are Hong Kong's protesters?

What is Haitian Voodoo?

Guilberly Louissaint, University of California, Irvine

Voodoo is often seen as a practice involving magic. In Haiti, Voodoo is a religion born out of the struggle of slaves. And today, it is used as a form of healing and protection.

Riots in West Papua: why Indonesia needs to answer for its broken promises

Camellia Webb-Gannon, University of Wollongong

Violence has returned to West Papua over the arrests of students for allegedly desecrating a flag. So much for the new push for reconciliation under Indonesia President Joko Widodo.


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