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Waiting for Goodluck in Nigeria

Nigeria’s resurgent president has made the most of a six-week election postponement, taking the fight to Boko Haram and stumping across the country. But are Nigerians too fed up with corrupt government to re-elect him?

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The Blood Cries Out

In one of Africa’s most densely populated countries, brothers are killing brothers over the right to farm mere acres of earth. There’s just not enough land to go around in Burundi – and it could push the country into civil war.

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The Executioners’ Bill

After an alleged series of brutal executions by the Burundian military, should the United States consider cutting off the cash it's giving the country's armed forces?

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Annals of wars we don’t know about: The South African border war of 1966-1989

Reading South African accounts of the 23-year long Border War between South Africa and the Angolan liberation movement UNITA on the one hand, and the Angolan government and army, supported by large Cuban forces on the other, is almost hypnotically compelling.

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Why Are Chadian Youth Rioting Over a Motorcycle Helmet Law?

In Chad, a new law passed requiring motorcycle riders to wear helmets. But the cost of helmets has now tripled and students fear they won't be able to afford their daily rides to class.

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Burkina Faso Is Exhuming the Body of Africa’s Che Guevara

One of the first orders of business for the transitional government of Burkina Faso? The exhumation of the country’s former president, Thomas Sankara, who was ...

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The Mountain Kingdom, on the Brink

As southern Africa's democratic success story Lesotho goes to the polls, the prime minister's anti-corruption crackdown has brought a bitter power struggle into the streets.

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