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  • Why Tunisia's winds of change aren't blowing south to sub-Saharan Africa

    The winds of change that swept aside Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali have swiftly blown east to test the long-serving leaders of Egypt, Yemen, and Jordan. Yet if these winds can blow east across North Africa to the Middle East, can't they also blow south to sub-Saharan Africa? Surely there are plenty of dictators in Africa's other countries who have outworn their welcome after 20-plus years in power? Perhaps, but different societies respond to the same conditions in very different ways, and the 53 countries of the African continent each has its own social structure and attitudes toward those in power. Here are four reasons why, despite the massive protests in North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa remains silent.

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  • Ivory Coast, Libya highlight growing rift between Africa and the West

    Ivory Coast, Libya highlight growing rift between Africa and the West

    Many African leaders share China's viewpoint that national sovereignty is more important than human rights and democracy.

  • Why Tunisia's winds of change aren't blowing south to sub-Saharan Africa

    The winds of change that swept aside Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali have swiftly blown east to test the long-serving leaders of Egypt, Yemen, and Jordan. Yet if these winds can blow east across North Africa to the Middle East, can't they also blow south to sub-Saharan Africa? Surely there are plenty of dictators in Africa's other countries who have outworn their welcome after 20-plus years in power? Perhaps, but different societies respond to the same conditions in very different ways, and the 53 countries of the African continent each has its own social structure and attitudes toward those in power. Here are four reasons why, despite the massive protests in North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa remains silent.

  • President Sarkozy urges revamped trade ties at Africa-France Summit

    President Sarkozy urges revamped trade ties at Africa-France Summit

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday brought a number of new proposals to boost business ties with Africa during the 25th Africa-France Summit in Nice, France.

  • Kenyans hope to avoid second round of ethnic violence

    Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Nairobi Tuesday for talks.