Waiting for the Next Revolution

In the cold light of winter, the Arab Spring may seem to have merely replaced one set of dictatorships with another, but for many activists in sub-Saharan Africa it remains a beacon and a rallying cry for change.

Amadou Janneh knows firsthand the price of resistance in the Gambia. He was in prison in September last year when nine prisoners were dragged from the cells around him and taken to the firing squad. None had more than a moment’s warning that they were to be shot dead. “At around 9:30 p.m., they just came in and selected nine,” Janneh says. “It was somewhat random. No witnesses, nothing.”…

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