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African Arguments is a pan-African platform for news, investigation and opinion. We seek to analyse issues facing the continent, investigate the stories that matter, and amplify a diversity of voices.

While big news organisations break the news, African Arguments breaks down the news. We do this through our extensive network of journalists, researchers and commentators. We examine the major events making the headlines – adding much-needed nuance, complexity and context – while at the same time shining a light on under-covered issues some would rather were kept in the dark. We cover topics related to politics, economics, gender, the environment, culture, social affairs and much more.

African Arguments also provides a crucial and unique platform for predominantly African writers to reach a predominantly African, and international, audience. Of the 200+ articles we published in 2017, over two-thirds were by African authors. The majority of our readers meanwhile are of African descent, whether living on the continent or in the diaspora.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 - 5:15pm
Within five months, the Sidama will get the chance to vote on whether to establish their own federal state. But that won’t be the end of the story. The Sidama have had their own state in the past, but have been part of the Southern State since 1995. Credit: Carsten ten Brink. Mounting tensions in southern Ethiopia are creating high levels of nervousness in the country. At the centre of the... more
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 - 12:38pm
Funeral of Tunisia president Beji Caid Essebsi who died on July 25th, 2019. Credit: Issam Barhoumi. African Arguments is and always will be freely-accessible to everyone. But we also have a separate spin-off product called the Africa Insiders Newsletter. It consists of weekly emails with additional snappy insights on topics such as elections, conflict, health and more. It’s for those who want a... more
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 - 10:33am
Is the ADF rebel group now a province of so-called Islamic State? A UN mission against the ADF militia in the Beni region in March 2014. Credit: MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti On 16 April, the rebel group known as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) carried out an attack on an army base in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Two days later, so-called Islamic State (IS) claimed... more