TODAY! African Perspectives on the crisis of democracy in America

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Monday, October 26th

11am New York - 3pm Dakar/London - 4pm Kinshasa/Paris - 5pm Cape Town - 6pm Nairobi

American democracy is under threat. From Day 1, President Donald Trump has undermined the spirit, and in some cases, the letter of the United States constitution, all while stoking political polarization and racial tensions. As American citizens gear up for an election on November 3, the Trump Administration is now undermining public confidence in the electoral system and suggesting that he may not peacefully step aside should he lose at the polls. These moves are straight from the playbooks of dictators and despots rather than democrats, and it suggests that the US will have a contested election, increasing the prospects of violence. This episode will assess these mounting threats and determine what lessons and expertise that Africans can share with Americans about how to effectively defend democracy, ensure the rule of law, and promote national healing. 


Dr. Sithembile Mbete

Patrick Gathara 

Omoyele Sowore


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Dr. Sithembile Mbete is a widely respected and oft-quoted political scientist who has developed a reputation as one of the most insightful commentators on South African affairs and international politics. Now a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, Dr. Mbete previously served the Presidency of South Africa, where she put her knowledge into action as a researcher in the secretariat of the National Planning Commission. Follow her on Twitter: @sthembete

Patrick Gathara is one of Africa’s most famous satirists and political commentators. He is equally known for his brilliant artwork as he is for his insightful analysis and pithy social media commentary. Having cut his teeth in his native Kenya, where he was instrumental in the creation of the alternative news site, The Elephant, he has contributed analysis on international affairs to highly respected publications around the world, including the Washington Post and Al Jazeera. Follow him on Twitter: @gathara

Omoyele Sowore is a ground-breaking human rights activist, pro-democracy campaigner, and the founder of the popular online news agency, Sahara Reporters, which promotes citizen journalism in Africa. Despite having been arrested by the Nigerian State Security Service on trumped-up charges of treason, he has continued to fight for justice and has recently played an integral role in the #EndSARS campaign against police brutality in Nigeria, which has garnered international attention. Follow him on Twitter: @YeleSowore

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