A case study of the hypocrisy inherent to one of the world’s largest propaganda networks.

U.S.-Djiboutian diplomatic meeting in Washington, D.C., 18 May 2017 (Photo by Mohamed A. Robleh)

As a contributor for Africa Elects, I had the pleasure of covering Djibouti’s recent presidential election. As expected, they occurred with but a whimper: reigning president Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, known colloquially as “IOG”, secured almost 100% of the vote in the absence of the traditional opposition.

Djibouti is one of the poorest and least-developed nations on Earth. According to the World Food Programme, 79% of the one million-strong population live in poverty, and it has an unemployment rate of “nearly 60%”.

IOG has ruled the…


Remembering Cloud9 at the 2018 World Championship.

Fnatic face off against Invictus Gaming in the 2018 World Championship finals (Photo by Richard Ye)

NA LCS 2018 Summer.

At the end of Week 5, Cloud9 was 3–7 and in last place. They trailed Clutch Gaming and Optic Gaming, each tied at 4–6.

Cloud9 had just lost to Optic in a definitive stomp.

Prior to the split, fan-favourites Jensen, Sneaky, and Smoothie had been subbed out for their academy counterparts Goldenglue, Keith, and Zeyzal. …


A decade of disaster.

Improvised artillery found after the Battle of Aleppo

Syria’s civil war began in 2011 after popular demonstrations against state authoritarianism, corruption, and repression turned violent following an intense government crackdown.

Today, the country stands in abject ruin. Today, Syria is almost forgotten.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the escalating civil war in Libya have pushed Syria out of the limelight.

Now, it seems, actions in Syria will come to determine events elsewhere, particularly in war-torn Libya.

But where does Syria stand?

The country has suffered roughly 500,000 deaths and an exodus of some five million people from its soil since the war’s initiation.

After the…

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You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. — Thomas Sankara

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