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Africa’s Hottest Frozen Border Boils Over

Hundreds of soldiers just died in the worst flare-up between Ethiopia and Eritrea since their 1998-2000 war. Could a return to open conflict be around the corner?

Shadow Government

Just Say No to Another Failed State in Africa

It is never a good idea to make broad generalizations about Africa.

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Why Are Thousands of Migrants Fleeing Eritrea?

A new U.N. report describes a regime built on torture, domestic spy networks, and mass conscription.

Dispatch

Stranded at the Headwaters of Europe’s Migrant Crisis

Before risking deadly deserts and a perilous Mediterranean crossing, the first steps of a desperate attempt at a new life cross Sudan.

Voice

When Migrants Flee Progress, Not War

Nearly one-fifth of people crossing the Mediterranean are leaving a country touted for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Turns out, a better life requires more than a U.N. checklist.

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