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The big Bots diamond rip-off

Botswana, Africa’s GDP poster-child, is the world’s second-biggest diamond producer, from which it earns four-fifths of its national income. Heavily reliant on diamond exports, the …

Corporate capture of African agriculture

Since 2000, 422 large-scale land acquisitions totalling 10 million hectares – almost the size of the United Kingdom – have controversially been concluded between African …

Burundi: The disappearance of Jean Bigirimana

Three months after the journalist’s mysterious disappearance, many of his colleagues now assume the worst. Jessica Hatcher spotlights the dangers of working as a journalist …

The real price of African coffee

Worth over $100 billion annually, coffee is, after oil, the second most valuable commodity on earth. Export revenues account for over one-fifth of this. And yet, never before have coffee farmers in East Africa been more impoverished. Santorri Chamley investigates.

Human trafficking by another name

In Uganda, the government-legalised exportation of labour raises disturbing questions. By John Njoroge in Kampala. Between 2009 and 2010 a Ugandan security contractor in Iraq, Samuel …