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African Admiration for Some of China’s Authoritarian Methods

One of the interesting themes to emerge from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is how a sizable number of Africans on social media express admiration for the Chinese government's methods of enforcement and population control. For example, in this video shared above, armed Chinese policy forcibly detains an ...

Price Gouging, Illegal Sales to China Make it Difficult for Africans to Protect Themselves Against Infection

Face masks, hand sanitizers and other protective gear against infection from the deadly COVID-19 are becoming harder to find in many African cities as speculators hoard supplies and sell them overseas. Meantime, when they are available, prices have reportedly surged so high in some pharmacies putting them ...

With Inventories Running Low, Businesses Across Africa Worry About What’s Next

The near-halt in aviation and shipping links between China and Africa is causing severe disruptions in the supply chain that stocks the inventories of countless businesses across the continent. Merchants of all sizes and in all sectors are now scrambling to find other suppliers to replace the ...

Bloomberg: West African Crude Shipments to China Set to Plunge Next Month by 10 Million Barrels

West African oil exports to China are expected to fall dramatically next month, by as much as 10 million barrels, according to oil traders interviewed by Bloomberg. If this happens (and it is speculation at this point) it would reduce West Africa's monthly volume ...

Shock and Disbelief Over the Government’s Request for Passengers to “Self-Quarantine”

Political cartoonists in Kenya are channeling the public's anger over the government's request to passengers arriving on the China Southern flight from Guangzhou to "self-quarantine" themselves for 14-days. Cartoons like this circulated all weekend on Facebook and Twitter amid growing public ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

Kenya Airways Suspends Employee Who Shot Phone Video of Last Week’s China Southern Arrival in Nairobi

Kenya Airways, which runs the ground staff at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on behalf of the Kenya Airports Authority, announced on Sunday that it is suspending one of its employees, Gire Ali, who shot and posted a phone video of last Wednesday's arrival of the China Southern flight from ...

Confidence Eroding in East African Governments’ Handling of Burgeoning COVID-19 Crisis

Two of East Africa's largest newspapers, The East African and Daily Nation (both incidentally owned by the same Nation Media Group) issued blistering critiques of how the region's governments are handling the worsening COVID-19 crisis. Kenya is a particular flashpoint, where ...