Nigeria's elections promise a genuine contest – but avoiding unrest is vital

By Comfort Ero

Re-published from The Guardian

Friday 16 January 2015

When Nigeria goes to the polls in February, rival candidates Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari must do all they can to limit the risk of violence

With less than a month to go before contentious polls, Nigeria is facing a perfect storm. Elections on 14 and 28 February are not only about choosing a new president and political representatives; they also constitute a critical test for Nigeria’s unity, particularly after five years of insurgency by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram.

Amending the Uganda Constitution: Isn’t It Time to Rethink the Process and the Key Issues?

By Patricia Nangiro

Re-published from Kujenga Amani

January 9, 2015

In the months following the announcement in June 2014 by Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni that the government intended to ask Parliament to amend the constitution,1 more than twenty bills relating to various laws have been put forward for amendment. With about 120 amendments made so far in the nineteen years the 1995 constitution has been operative, this will be the seventh time it will have been tinkered with.2 The following are chief among the issues proposed in the cabinet draft dated April 22:3

Democratic Renewal versus Neoliberalism:Towards empowerment and inclusion

 

January 2, 2015

Edited by Consuelo Silva Flores & Claudio Lara Cortes.

Republished from IDEAS

current Fellow Habibu Yaya Bappah, has an article: "Neoliberalism, Collective Self-Reliance and the Challenges of African Integration", published in the book: Democratic Renewal versus Neoliberalism:Towards empowerment and inclusion.

This book brings together articles produced by young researchers from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Through diverse theoretical and analytical perspectives, these contributions offer a set of critical views regarding certain aspects of our society that need to be transformed in the face of demands for a renovation of democracy raised by various social agents.

Authors : Malini Chakravarty, Rasel Madaha, Habibu Yaya Bappah, Daniela Perrotta, Emilio Jesus Legonia Cordova, Tiberius Barasa, Raquel Coelho de Freitas, Godwin Onuoha, Yongjie Wang, Kwame Edwin Otu, Prince Karakire Guma.

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Muslims, Christians and Religious Violence in Nigeria: Patterns and Mapping (June 2006 - May 2014)

By Olojo Akinola Ejodame

December 3, 2014

The notion that religious violence in Nigeria is always characterised by conflicts between religions (Muslims versus Christians) is too simplistic. This study shows that between June 2006 and May 2014 the frequency of violent death incidents involving Islamic groups against Islamic groups is 60; a figure higher than 57, which is the frequency of violent death incidents involving Islamic groups against Christian groups or Churches within the same period. A second major point in this paper is that violence involving religious groups is not always caused by religious issues. This explains why the frequency of violent death incidents involving Islamic groups against Christian groups or Churches due to non-religious issues is as high as 42 between June 2006 and May 2014. Thirdly, it remains inconclusive whether or not more Muslims than Christians (or vice versa) are killed because of violence in general in Nigeria. Finally, the western media frames violence in Nigeria as being mainly inter-religious while lethal incidents involving Islamic groups against Islamic groups are largely underreported

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Nairobi’s “unacceptable” hemline division

By Njoki Wamai

Re-published from thisisafrica.me

December 2, 2014

The viral videos and recent #MyDressMyChoice protest highlighted the problem of men stripping women in public for dressing in ways they disapprove of. Njoki Wamai explains the invisible line that runs through Nairobi regarding “unacceptable” hemlines

On 17th November 2014, thousands of women and men marched in downtown Nairobi in a protest march against the stripping of a woman by men who frequently patronise matatu terminals on Tom Mboya street in Nairobi under the #MyDressMyChoice hashtag banner.

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