Links roundup: A look at International Women’s Day in Africa, political leaders stepping down, and climate change

Here’s a round-up of links from our last few episodes, starting with our most recent.

In episode 65, we began our discussion around Sudan and notable coverage of what’s been going on there. We were joined by Jeffrey Paller (@JWPaller),  an assistant professor of politics at the University of San Francisco.

Here are the stories and links featured in our newswrap segment:

  • Check out this piece by Jean-Baptiste Gallopin (@jnbptst) about the escalating protests that led up to President Bashir leaving office.
  • This explainer piece breaks down what led up to and after Bashir ousting by the military by Mai Hassan (@MaiOHassan ) and Ahmed Kodouda (@NileNomad ).
  • Coup expert Naunihal Singh (@naunihalpublic ) has written wrote about the political instability in Sudan and what this means for democracy in the future.
  • We also mentioned this piece by Emmanuel Balogun (@Ea_Balogun ) and Anna Mwaba (@annakapambwe ) on the African Union’s response to the Sudan Uprising.
  • Tensions are increasing dangerously between Rwanda and Uganda.
  • Armies from both Rwanda and Uganda have positioned themselves in a standoff along their shared border.
  • Read up about the close historical link between Rwanda and Uganda.
  • This piece highlights what’s led to the increasing tensions between Rwanda and Uganda.
  • Rwandan officials have accused Uganda of supporting anti-Rwanda groups.
  • Read here about the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame.
  • More on Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF).
  • Rwanda and Uganda fought together in the  First Congo War (1996-1997).
  • Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta met with both President Museveni and President Kagame.
  • Hundreds of African migrants are stuck in Mexico as they seek entry into the United States.
  • Prime minister of Mali resigns following a massacre of over a hundred people.
  • This piece on Jeune Afrique explores the possible reasons the PM of Mali might have resigned so abruptly.

In episode 64, we first discussed a conference hosted at Northwestern University– Saharan Futures: Migrations, Identities, and Economies. Rachel had an illuminating conversation with Hannah Armstrong (@brkinibeachriot), the Senior Sahel consultant at the International Crisis Group.

Here are the stories and links featured in our newswrap segment of that episode, plus a bonus link:

In episode 62, we discussed protest and democracy in Benin, Cyclone Idai and its impact on Southern Africa, and climate change more broadly. Our conversation was with Khalid Medani (@khalidmedani4), an Associate Professor of Political Science and Islamic Studies and the Chair of the African Studies Program at McGill University.

Here are the stories and links featured in our newswrap segment of that episode:

In episode 61, we first took a moment to remember the lives lost in Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. We were joined by Sally Nuamah (@sally_nuamah), an assistant professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

Here are the stories and links featured in our newswrap segment of this week’s episode:

  • Check out this piece by  The Lancet assessing the relationship between democratic governance and health gains.
  • On democracy and education, Kim recommended the 2013 article in the Journal of Politics (@The_JOP) by Robin Harding and David Stasavage (@stasavage).
  • On democracy and health, Kim recommended her 2014 article with Karen Grepin (@KarenGrepin) in Global Health Governance (@GlobalHealthGov).
  • DRC President Tshisekedi pardons about 700 political prisoners.
  • Amnesty International praised Tshisekedi’s move.
  • DRC opposition believes newly elected President Felix Tshisekedi is a puppet for former president Kabila.
  • A video by Lameck Masina (@lameckm) on the Malawi floods that has killed and displaced many.
  • Millions of people from Mozambique and Malawi displaced after Tropical Cyclone Idai.
  • Check out these pictures from youth climate strikes around the world.
  • Algeria’s new prime minister wants to form an inclusive and technocratic government with the youth a part of protests.
  • Algerian protests bigger than ever.

In episode 60, we celebrated International Women’s Day as we paid close attention to the role of women in protests and politics in Africa. We also heard from Professor Nyokabi Kamau (@nyokabikamau2) on her new book, Conversations about Gender: The Reflections of a Kenyan Feminist.

Here are the stories and links featured in our newswrap segment of that episode:

  • Check out this piece on women’s involvement in the Algerian protests by University of Wisconsin-Madison political scientist Aili Tripp.
  • BBC reports that the Algerian protests on International Women’s Day were the largest ever against President Bouteflika.
  • Check out Tripp’s post on the presence of women in African politics.
  • This Mail and Guardian piece details why African democracies are failing to increase political participation of women.
  • The Varieties of Democracy (V-DEM) Project serves as a tool to evaluate political systems globally on gender equality.
  • More on the Women’s Political Empowerment Index (WPEI) and how the data was collected.
  • Feminist writers Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah (@nas009) and Ana Ines Abelenda (@Ana__Abelenda) explain why this year’s theme for International Women’s Day (#BalanceForBetter) isn’t radical enough.
  • Sally Nuamah’s new book– How Girls Achieve — is now officially out!


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