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The Insiders’ Newsletter is a comprehensive but short weekly update on what is happening on the African continent. The accompanying Election Watch newsletter is a unique weekly update on all national election across the continent, no matter how insignificant they are deemed by the mainstream media. Both the Insiders’ Newsletter and Election Watch are included in the subscription.

Obviously both newsletters will get lots of links to interesting writing from around the internet. But more importantly, we offer smart and concise commentary and analysis on everything we cover. And we put special emphasis on forecasting and constructiveness.

Political reporting too often remains stuck in the here and now. We risk looking ahead, identifying the important trends, dynamics and events that will shape a given situation in the future. Not every scenario we develop will become true, of course, but we’ll give you the information you need to notice from where the wind blows.

Good journalism and analysis should also have a point of view and our’s is defined by the search for solutions. Facts come first, but we will always point out opportunities for how a problem could be solved or a situation made incrementally better.


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