The Brazen Bibliophiles of Timbuktu
April 25, 2013

How a team of sneaky librarians duped Al Qaeda

Winning the War, Losing the Peace in Mali
February 28, 2013

The fighting may soon be over in Mali. But ethnic tensions continue to fester.

Mali Burns, Malians Shrug
January 31, 2013

The fighting hits Timbuktu, but soccer's still on television.

The War in Mali is a Reminder of France's Grand Malaise
January 15, 2013

The French public has recently been more inclined to a sense of decline, malaise, paralysis and crisis. And it is at least partially justified. 

Al Qaeda’s Not as Battered as Obama Thinks
November 29, 2012

Is the terror group dead or alive? It's complicated.

Why the Taliban Shot the Schoolgirl
October 19, 2012

In Pakistan, and Afghanistan, the struggle for gender equality is the campaign against totalitarianism.

What the Islamist Takeover of Northern Mali Really Means
July 20, 2012

Until a few weeks ago, Al Farouk, the patron djinn of Timbuktu, protected the ancient city in northern Mali. For centuries, from astride a winged horse in center of the city, the stone genie kept watch over the houses so that children didn’t sneak out at night. Legend had it that if Al Farouk caught you getting up to anything naughty, he’d warn you the first two times. If he nabbed you a third time, you’d disappear forever. Now Al Farouk has disappeared.

The Thought Police
March 14, 2012

Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes Are Choking Freedom WorldwideBy Paul Marshall and Nina Shea (Oxford University Press, 448 pp., $35) I.

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.

Fighting HIV With Circumcision; Getting Depressed About TB
November 30, 2010

Read parts one, two, three, four, and five of Zeke Emanuel's Africa diaries. Six boys sit on green plastic classroom chairs in gowns with their clothes neatly folded on a side table. Cloth booties cover their feet and lower leg. They smile nervously. They are waiting to be called for a medical circumcision. Eduardo says he is 16 years old, as is his friend sitting next to him. Why are they getting a circumcision? “For hygiene, and for HIV,” they tell us. And their classmates are getting one too. This is the Military Hospital in Maputo, Mozambique.