Safiyah Riddle


Infamous “Kill The Gays” Bill Resurfaces In Uganda

Legislation that would make homosexual relationships punishable by death has re-emerged in Uganda’s political discourse for the first time since it’s nullification five years ago. International outcry against the “Kill the Gays” bill came in response to Uganda’s Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo’s public remarks last Thursday. In a […]


Ebola Crosses Border Into Uganda, Claims 2 Lives 2

After a year since the world’s second-worst Ebola outbreak began in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the first disease-related deaths have crossed the northeastern border into Uganda on Monday, 10 June of this week. These are the first deaths caused by Ebola in Uganda since an outbreak in 2012, when […]


Three Months Later, Sudanese Military Escalates Violent Repression of Protests

The Sudanese military opened fire on protesters on Monday, June 3rd, in an attempt to disperse protesters’ longstanding occupation of the Defence Ministry headquarters in Khartoum. After tear gas and sound grenades were unsuccessful in dissolving crowds, the military eventually resorted to live ammunition, blocking the exits of the sit-in […]


Protest Week 14: Algeria Awaits Final Verdict On Democracy

On Friday, 24 May, thousands of Algerian protesters returned to the streets of Algiers to demand a complete political transformation, in what marks the 14th consecutive week of demonstrations. Though crowds waned slightly throughout the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the cries for a complete government overhaul […]


South African Election Results Echo Widespread Unrest

The presidential elections in South Africa on Wednesday 8 May saw its incumbent party, the African National Congress (ANC), retain its parliamentary stronghold for the fifth time since the end of apartheid. However, the election results reflect growing political unrest. For the first time in its history, the ANC received […]


Sudanese Protesters Persist Despite Military Warnings

After nearly a month since the Sudanese military ousted President Omar al-Bashir, protesters continue to demand representation in Sudan’s transitional government. Former President al-Bashir was removed from power on Thursday, April 11th, in response to over 16 weeks of widespread protest. After orchestrating the coup that placed al-Bashir under house […]