Liberia’s economic crisis and corruption could lead to violence

UNDER THE corrugated-iron roof of the Bong Intellectual Centre, a tea house in Gbarnga in northern Liberia, the air is thick with anger. Dozens of people sit on plastic chairs, discussing politics. They complain that their businesses are failing, corruption is rising and food prices have doubled in recent months.

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Southern Africa: Africa’s Revolutions Have Brought Disappointment – But Hope Remains

[allAfrica] When I immigrated to the United States from South Africa towards the end of the 1960′s I was totally unaware of the wars of liberation against Portuguese colonialism that had begun in the early 1960′s in the neighboring countries of Mozambique and Angola. All I knew about Mozambique was the reputation of its capital, Lourenço Marques, as a cosmopolitan Portuguese-style city where white South Africans went on holiday.

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Burkina Faso, west Africa’s linchpin, is losing its war on terror

THE CAPPUCCINO patisserie in the centre of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital, offers freshly baked croissants and that rare delicacy in west Africa, a decent Italian coffee. Its other features are less charming: a thick security barrier and two twitchy soldiers with assault rifles guard its patrons.

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