Americans Think Africa Is One Big Wild Animal Reserve
July 08, 2014
Delta and 'The Lion King' are part of our long history of stereotyping the continent.
Hell Is an Understatement
April 30, 2014
We've seen this before: dead bodies on the side of the road. Stoned kids with huge guns. But damn us if we don't lift a finger for the Central African Republic.
Comic Book Convinces Kenyans to Dye Their Chickens Pink
March 07, 2014
It also has good advice about chickens.
How Did Zimbabwe Become So Poor—And Yet So Expensive?
January 05, 2014
The shockingly high prices of one of Africa's most impoverished countries.
Africa's Obsession with Shopping Malls
September 23, 2013
A year ago, a friend from rural South Africa called me full of excitement. His hometown, a large village called Burgersfort, was finally “getting on the map,” he said.
The Next Darfur?
June 28, 2013
SOUTH KORDOFAN, SUDAN — The squat, tin-roofed buildings of the Mother of Mercy Hospital lie surrounded by rocky hills in a natural amphitheater in Sudan’s rebel-held Nuba Mountains.
Judging from the fervor of their celebrations, the Libyan people are acutely aware that they will benefit from the fall of Muammar Qaddafi. But Libya is hardly the only country that has reason to rejoice. As committed as the dictator was to destroying his own country, he posed an equal—perhaps even greater—danger to developing countries in other parts of the world. From the time he assumed power, Qaddafi leveraged Libya’s oil money, and his own willingness to have his country become a pariah state, to support insurgencies from East Asia, to South America, to southern Africa.
Can Africa Really Help Libya Find Peace?
April 13, 2011
Benghazi, Libya—Earlier this week, a delegation from the African Union (AU), composed of 53 African states, shuttled between the Libyan capital of Tripoli and the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, seeking to end the fighting that has been peppered with airstrikes by the NATO against Muammar Qaddafi’s forces.
March 03, 2011
Oilmen have feelings, too. Take the industry executive who lobbied the White House last year to lift the ban on U.S. corporations doing business in Libya. When National Security Council officials rejected his plea, he broke down and wept. The Libyans, he sniffled, were a gentle people. They deserved better. White House officials offered him a tissue. That was then. If proponents of warmer relations with Libya are shedding tears today, they are tears of elation.
Republicans Abandon Bush's Greatest Triumph
February 15, 2011
Former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson, who was a driving force behind that administration's Africa initiative, writes plaintively about GOP cuts to programs he helped create: Senegal is conducting indoor spraying campaigns and providing effective, new combination drug treatments. Volunteers are going door to door in impoverished neighborhoods, instructing women in the proper use of nets. The result? From 2005 to 2008, mortality among Senegalese children ages 6 and under dropped by a third, with reductions in malaria playing a major role.