While much has been made of the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany party, it was the left-wing Greens that recorded the biggest gains in last week’s state elections in Bavaria. By winning more than 17 percent of the vote, the Greens nearly doubled their total from Bavaria’s last elections in 2013. Their success amid the ongoing collapse of Germany’s political center was a sign that across the spectrum, and not only on the right, voters are beginning to harden around the political extremes. Read more.
A demonstration in Berlin becomes a test of whether a liberal opposition can be sustained in the wake of increasing extremism. Activists are ready to channel the outrage of a newly engaged silent majority, but their enthusiasm is tempered by a growing frustration with Germany’s political class. Read more.
Investments in health care and infrastructure are an essential component of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation discussions. The results of those commitments can be difficult to track, though, which is exactly what China wants. Read more.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni knows how to take down a rival. The wreckage of various careers are scattered across his 33-year rule—politicians and military officers, unwilling to bend to his will or accept his largesse, who were derailed by well-timed scandals, arrests or worse. But with the detention and apparent torture this month of 36-year-old pop star-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi, better known to Ugandans as Bobi Wine, has Museveni finally overreached?
I served as the managing editor of Malnutrition Deeply, a 10-month project from News Deeply focused on deeply reported coverage of the causes of and potential solutions to all forms of malnutrition. Here are some of the highlights from my time working on the project:
South Africa's health minister presented two bills last week that would substantially overhaul the country's health-care system in a bid to move the country closer to universal health coverage. Under the new scheme, all accredited health facilities, whether public or private, will be required to provide a package of services at a price set by the government. The legislation would also abolish copayments to health insurance companies and set up a cross-subsidization system to ease access to coverage. Read more.
In late 2017, Ugandan police raided the offices of three NGOs the government had accused of conducting illicit financial transactions and working to destabilize the country.
Inside the building, officers demanded that staff provide passwords to computers and cell phones. Outside, civil society representatives gathered. By the time they were allowed inside, it was too late. The police had stripped the office of whatever data they could find.
With one investigational vaccine already deployed, officials are discussing the possibility of introducing as many as six other preventive and therapeutic interventions in the midst of the ongoing Ebola virus outbreak in DR Congo. Read more.
The quick response of the Congolese government and international partners to the outbreak of Ebola included enhancing surveillance in the affected areas, establishing case management facilities and mobile laboratories, and beginning the process of tracing every person who might have come into contact with a patient with the virus. Experts said this was a marked difference from the situation in March, 2014, when cases of Ebola virus disease were first reported in Guinea. Read more.
Ties between Rwanda and Uganda appear to be deteriorating rapidly. The latest ebb in this historically volatile relationship stems from the Ugandan government’s pushback on what it perceives as Rwandan meddling in its domestic affairs. Though Ugandan officials have not gone public with any formal allegations, their dissatisfaction can be read in a recent string of increasingly high-profile incidents. Read more.