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What Article 23 means for the future of Hong Kong and its once vibrant pro-democracy movement

    By Michael C. Davis, O.P. Jindal Global University   Lawmakers in Hong Kong passed new security legislation on March 19, 2024, handing authorities in the semi-autonomous city-state further power to clamp down on dissent. The law, under Article 23, has been decades in the making but was resisted for a long time by protesters who feared the legislation’s effect on civil liberties in Hong Kong, a special administrative […]

todayMarch 22, 2024 8


Corrupt, brutal and unprofessional? Africa-wide survey of police finds diverging patterns

    By Matthias Krönke, University of Cape Town and Thomas Isbell, University of Cape Town   Africans generally have a low regard for the quality of policing on the continent. Perceptions of police misconduct, corruption and brutality are widespread, according to a new survey by Afrobarometer. The independent research network surveyed 39 countries between 2021 and 2023. Our survey offers new evidence of how Africans experience and assess their […]

todayMarch 14, 2024 3


Colonial statues in Africa have been removed, returned and torn down again – why it’s such a complex history

    By Sophia Labadi, University of Kent   In 2020, the murder of George Floyd in the US served as a catalyst for the global Black Lives Matter movement. It sparked widespread protests against police brutality and systemic racism. It also ignited debates about historical symbols of oppression, such as statues of figures associated with racial injustices. These debates presented colonial statues in Africa as having been contested and […]

todayMarch 13, 2024 4


Ukraine war: Russian soldiers’ wives are increasingly outspoken in their opposition

    By Jennifer Mathers, Aberystwyth University and Natasha Danilova, University of Aberdeen   International Women’s Day is widely celebrated in Russia. But amid the bouquets of flowers and stilted speeches of congratulation made by Vladimir Putin, the state-controlled media will be doing its best to ignore one group of Russia’s women. These are the wives of some of its soldiers fighting in Ukraine, who have embarked on a series […]

todayMarch 8, 2024 12


Senegal avoids power vacuum with March 24 election plan

Senegal's government has announced that the country's presidential election will take place on 24 March. The announcement, the BBC reports, follows tension in the country after President Macky Sall postponed the election last month, sparking widespread protests while Bloomberg News reports that the plan to hold the vote before Sall’s mandate expires on 2 April 2024 removes the risk of a power vacuum in the West African nation.

todayMarch 7, 2024 3

South Africa

Joburg residents march over water outages and unreliable electricity

Protesters march past an illegal dump in Kensington, complaining about poor services and a lack of bylaw enforcement. Photo: Masego Mafata By Masego Mafata via GroundUp About 80 fed-up residents of the east of Johannesburg marched from Rhodes Park to Darras Centre in Kensington on Tuesday morning, demanding better services and the enforcement of bylaws. The residents came from Bellevue, Bruma, Bertrams, Cyrildene, De Wetshof, Bezuidenhout Valley, Kensington Observatory and Troyville. […]

todayMarch 6, 2024 1

South Africa

At least 22 people arrested during student protests in Bloemfontein

Police disperse protesting students at Bloemfontein’s Central University of Technology (CUT) with stun grenades on Monday. Photos: Becker Semela By Becker Semela via GroundUp Lectures at the Central University of Technology (CUT) in Bloemfontein were suspended on Tuesday morning as a protest by students entered its third day. Since Friday, the situation outside the main campus has been tense with students protesting over lack of funding for food, housing and study […]

todayMarch 5, 2024 4