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Botswana’s bubble bursts as economic decline sets in

Too many mines, too little to show for them – that is Botswana’s problem. Diamonds, copper, nickel – all have been hard hit by falling world resource prices, and for the first time since independence, the country historically seen as one of Africa’s success stories is confronting real economic decline. By Joel Konopo for INK.


Exceptional diamond deal suggests flaws in De Beers, Botswana relationship

An exceptional diamond agreement revealed by Mossack Fonseca, a Panama-based offshore service provider, obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, raises questions about the secrecy that shapes Botswana’s diamond industry.


Stop the unnecessary arrests!

Hardly a year after the arrest of three Botswana Gazette journalists, the empire strikes again! Yet another worrying development. Another careless arrest of a journalist in a country considered Africa’s shining example of democracy and good governance. This time, the Office of President onslaught on the private media happened so early into 2016.


Khama and the politics of anger

Khama outrage at Nasha signals a leader poorly attuned to the demands of political survival. Writes Joel Konopo*