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Mungiki, Kenya’s violent youth gang, serves many purposes: how identity, politics and crime keep it alive

    By Bodil Folke Frederiksen, Roskilde University   Kenya has scores of youth gangs known for their violence and links to the politically powerful. None is more infamous than the Mungiki movement, with a past membership estimated to be at least a million. Though banned, it’s constantly in the news as a tool or target of big political players. Bodil Folke Frederiksen, who has studied Mungiki as part of […]

todayFebruary 15, 2024 4

Opinion Pieces

200 million voters, 820,000 polling stations and 10,000 candidates: Indonesia’s massive election, by the numbers

    By Stephen Sherlock, Australian National University   Indonesians are going to the polls to elect a new president on Wednesday. There are three candidates running, alongside their vice presidential candidates. According to opinion polls, the favourite is Prabowo Subianto, leader of the Greater Indonesia Party (Gerindra), a populist and nationalist party he founded in 2008. A former army general, Prabowo has already stood unsuccessfully for president twice before. He […]

todayFebruary 14, 2024 4

South Africa

South Africa’s Electoral Commission Prepared for Voter Registration Weekend

The Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa has declared its readiness for the upcoming voter registration weekend. A total of 23,303 registration stations will be operational from 8 AM to 5 PM, providing citizens with the opportunity to register or verify their details. Notably, the voters' roll has achieved a historic milestone, surpassing 27 million. Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo credited the success to the online registration platform, which facilitated […]

todayFebruary 1, 2024 3


How art can challenge election-time rhetoric about immigrants

  By Lois Klassen, Simon Fraser University The coming year is expected to be one of unprecedented election activity worldwide. And as politicians gear up for the polls, immigrants are being pushed into the spotlight. In the United States, Donald Trump has vowed to expand his Muslim ban and bar Palestinian refugees from Gaza if he is re-elected. In Germany, anti-immigration rhetoric has been on the rise ahead of regional […]

todayJanuary 29, 2024 2


With Trump Front of Mind, New Hampshire Voters Cite Abortion and Obamacare as Concerns

Voters in Bedford, New Hampshire, wait in line to cast their ballots on Jan. 23, as the state holds its primary. (JOE RAEDLE/GETTY IMAGES) By Phil Galewitz via KFF Health News Health care issues are important to Lana Leggett-Kealey, who works as a genetic genealogist. But on Tuesday, as she walked out of her polling place at a local high school and into a frigid New England morning, she said she […]

todayJanuary 25, 2024


Ghana’s masked third candidate tests two party politics

Eleven months ahead of Ghana's presidential election, a new political force is emerging to challenge the long-standing two-party status quo. With deft social media messaging, posters of his masked face and an appeal to younger voters, businessman Nana Kwame Bediako, popularly known as Cheddar, says his New Force movement will become a third political power. Few analysts believe Bediako can truly test the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the […]

todayJanuary 22, 2024


Disputed Comoros election triggers street revolt

Opposition supporters barricade a road during a demonstration in Moroni on January 17, 2024, following the announcement of the presidential election results. © Olympia De Maismon, AFP Two days after the Comoros electoral authorities announced the president's disputed re-election, angry youth gangs are battling soldiers in cat-and-mouse street battles. Braving teargas and torrential rain, a man in his twenties, his face hidden by a surgical mask, told AFP on Thursday why […]

todayJanuary 18, 2024 10


Political commentators argue that Swapo is currently in a “politically intensive care unit.”

Certain political commentators argue that Swapo is currently in a "politically intensive care unit." However, there is skepticism about whether the opposition can deal a decisive blow to the "wounded" ruling party in the upcoming 2024 elections. Namibians are expected to choose a new head of state to succeed the incumbent Hage Geingob, along with 104 members of parliament who will serve from March 2025 to 2029. With his insight, […]

todayJanuary 16, 2024 8