A new issue of Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions is out. John E. Drabinski (Amherst): Deconstruction as Diaspora: On Derrida, Africa, and Identity’s Deferral. Bert van Pinxteren (ASCL): How Diverse is Africa, Really? Do We Know? How Can We Find Out? John Dixon (Open), Kevin Durrheim, Philippa Kerr and Michael Quayle (KwaZulu-Natal), Manuela Thomae (Winchester), and Colin Tredoux (Cape Town): Divide and Rule, Unite and Resist: Contact, Collective Action and Policy Attitudes among Historically Disadvantaged Groups. Oita Etyang (Johannesburg) and Tengetile Tezzy Nhlengethwa (Brown): The Attrition of Democratic Gains in Africa: An Appraisal. Helen Epstein on the cost of fake democracy. The bright continent: Guillaume A.W. Attia on illuminating the challenges, opportunities and promises of a rising Africa. The opposite of Brexit: African Union launches an all-Africa passport.

Is Brexit a cautionary tale for African integration? Luke Warford on how Africa is moving toward a massive and important free trade agreement. Realizing the potential of Africa’s economies: Africa’s economic fundamentals remain strong, but governments and companies will need to work even harder to keep the region’s economies moving forward. Your next car could be made in Africa. Smartphone use has doubled in Africa in two years. Timothy Taylor on the economies of Africa: Will bust follow boom? Look before you leap: The notion of leapfrogging poor infrastructure in Africa needs to come back down to earth. The many Africas: Ian H. Solomon reviews Africa: Why Economists Get It Wrong by Morten Jerven; The Lion Awakes: Adventures in Africa’s Economic Miracle by Ashish Thakkar; and The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse by Jake Bright and Aubrey Hruby.

Lesley Le Grange on how decolonisation involves more than simply turning back the clock. Sarah Aziza on the fading dream to liberate Africa’s last colony: A younger generation of exiles is contemplating a different approach to a decades-long stalemate in the Western Sahara. The creation of South Sudan has brought war not peace — those who divide Syria should take note. Why is Central Africa missing from so many maps? Yes, Central African Republic is a real country — but it’s a very different kind of country. The paradox of Congo: How the world’s wealthiest country became home to the world’s poorest people. In Congo, wars are small and chaos is endless. Is Rwanda’s authoritarian state sustainable? Laura Seay investigates. The gun, the bullet, and the fist are Mugabe’s trusted methods of statecraft — he won’t be afraid to continue to use them to stay in power. Germany to recognise Herero genocide and apologise to Namibia. Jeremy Harding on Apartheid’s last stand: A review essay.

What if Africa was a school? People from all parts of Africa share what life would be like if the continent was one big school and each of its countries was a student.


Erik Gartzke (UCSD) and Jon R. Lindsay (Toronto): Thermonuclear Cyberwar. An excerpt from The Health of Nations: Towards a New Political Economy by Gavin Mooney. Ushma D. Upadhyay on why we need abortion laws based on science. The big fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline, explained. Why the Chelsea bomb didn’t kill anyone, according to bomb experts. And you thought George W. Bush was scary: Trump’s response to the New York–area bombings shows his demagogic commitment to the politics of fear. Is one candidate a “recruiting sergeant for the terrorists”? When to call a lie a lie: The word has become so freighted in political warfare that its mere appearance on news pages, however accurate, feels partisan — but sometimes it is the right word. Republican senators outraged by Wells Fargo’s fraud want to eliminate the agency that uncovered it.


Jonathan Chait on how the Republican war on Obamacare explains Trump. The power of magical thinking: Feelings-first voters have found a voice in Donald Trump; both pessimism and belief in conspiracy theories are linked to support for the Republican nominee. Fundamentally, Trump and his campaign are making a bet that the American public is easily manipulated and not interested in facts. Donald Trump does have ideas — and we’d better pay attention to them. Can the unthinkable happen? Michael Tomasky wonders. President Trump’s first term: Evan Osnos on how his campaign tells us a lot about what kind of Commander-in-Chief he would be. If Republicans win the White House and Senate, the U.S. will see radical changes. The once and future Trump: His politics are not without precedent in the Republican Party, nor will they disappear even if he does. For the Never Trump movement, an existential question: What now?

Nazi who originated Donald Trump Jr.’s Skittles analogy was hanged at Nuremberg. The photograph in Trump’s Skittle meme was taken by a refugee (and more). “Western woman will be sacrificed at the altar of mass migration”: Donald Trump Jr. is tweeting straight-up white nationalist propaganda now. Dara Lind on how the Trump family’s refugee rhetoric threatens one of America’s most cherished values: The US has been a world leader in welcoming refugees. John Judis on two myths about American elections: Bigoted voters and red vs. blue states. Why are white men the soccer moms of 2016? Larry Bartels investigates. Don’t blame millennials for this scarily close election — blame Baby Boomers. Toni Monkovic on why the whole Trump-Clinton election could probably just be held in Pennsylvania.

How Democrats can overcome their self-defeating cynicism: Democrats are at their most inspiring when they’re pushing actual policies — the public option is a good place to start. Mike Konczal on how the “new liberal economics” is the key to understanding Hillary Clinton’s policies. What’s really ailing Hillary: A long time ago, Clinton was far more transparent, emotional and open than she is today; then the media began slamming her — and didn’t stop. Lindy West on how hating Donald Trump isn’t enough — we need to talk about why Hillary Clinton rules. Kevin Drum on how the progressive case for Hillary Clinton is pretty overwhelming. Can Bernie undo the damage he’s done to Clinton? Katrina vanden Heuvel and John Nichols interview Bernie Sanders on Our Revolution, Donald Trump, and what he really thinks about Hillary Clinton.

Vote as if it matters: Will minor parties do major damage? Jacob T. Levy on how Gary Johnson slightly helps Hillary Clinton. Who’s the libertarian now? Gary Johnson is the anti-Ron Paul.

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