Crude tactics

MORE than 30 years ago, a young general swept to power in the fifth of Nigeria’s military coups since independence in 1960. The country he inherited was a mess: bled dry by pilfering politicians within and hammered by falling oil prices without. Last year that general, Muhammadu Buhari, became president again—this time in a democratic vote.

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Beerbelly busters

Sweaty in Soweto WHEN South Africa’s biggest fitness chain opened its second gym in Soweto last year, residents of the bustling black township signed up in droves. Within months the Jabulani gym had become the most successful of more than 120 Virgin Active clubs to launch in South Africa, drawing Sowetans for squats, lunges and lifts to DJ beats.

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Dying to work for the government

The ultimate protest LIKE his fellow Tunisian, Muhammad Bouazizi, who set himself ablaze to protest against harassment by local officials in 2010, Ridha Yahyaoui was acting impulsively when he died on January 16th. Having just been refused a government job, the unemployed 28-year-old scaled a utility pole in Kasserine, an impoverished town in western Tunisia. He reportedly threatened suicide.

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Africa: Nigeria and Angola Take Two Extreme Approaches to Corruption

[Maka] In response to the growing public demand and to end the proliferation of protests against corruption in Angola, in 2009, President José Eduardo dos Santos announced his new policy of “zero tolerance” of corruption. More than 2200 days have passed since his announcement and not one major corrupt figure has been arrested. From his actions, it is clear that he prefers to arrest and punish those who speak out against uncontrolled corruption rather than those who are actually guilty of corruption.

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