Africa Blog Roundup: Guinea Elections, Western Sahara, Somalia and Piracy, Etc.

Guinea: Andrew Kessinger discusses where things stand in post-election Guinea.

Western Sahara: Alle writes on the recent violence in the Western Sahara.

This is without a doubt a very significant moment for Sahrawi nationalism. Exactly how things will play out remains to be seen, but the violent nature of the crackdown and the protests, and the scale of public protest, is unprecedented. I believe this will become as significant an internal turning point for Sahrawi nationalism as the May 2005 Sahrawi “intifada” in el-Aaiun. While that event passed unnoticed in the larger world, it was the starting point of the recurrent Sahrawi protests and human rights lobbying that has since dominated the nationalist side of the argument, and it has seriously affected the parameters of the conflict.

Gambia: King Jammeh?

Nigeria: Loomnie writes on developments in the banking sector.

Sudan: Maggie Fick writes about portrayals of Sudan in the international media (h/t Texas in Africa):

[Recent] news clips illustrate the tendency—rather, modus operandi—of the international media coverage of Sudan to highlight the worst case scenarios surrounding the key upcoming events instead of the best possible outcomes. Since I’m a member of this media corps, I can affirm that this is the case. My short experience to date as a journalist has taught me that—surprise!—editors do not think a story with a headline to the effect of “All looks set to go smoothly in Southern Sudan’s crucial independence vote” is newsworthy. Instead, a headline to the effect of “tensions rising,” “concern mounting,” and the like is what editors want to read, because they know it is what readers online around the globe will be likely to click on as they skim the news.

This is definitely worth thinking about. Perhaps my own coverage of the referendum here has been too negative. I’ll look forward to reading more of Maggie’s writing.

Somalia: Dipnote talks about anti-piracy efforts in the Horn of Africa.

What are you reading?

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