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Incumbent Rwandan President Paul Kagame dances onstage after addresses supporters at the closing rally of the presidential campaign in Kigali on August 2, 2017.
Rwandans go the polls on August 4, 2017 in a presidential election in which strongman Paul Kagame is widely expected to cruise to a third term in office. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI        (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

Even Critics of Rwanda’s Government Are Helping Paul Kagame Stay in Power

For every problem highlighted by local journalists, Rwanda’s strongman can present himself as the solution.

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The Elephant in the Comedy Club

A troupe of popular young comics avoids mixing humor and politics in Rwanda.

HOLOT, ISRAEL - FEBRUARY 17:  Asylum seekers who are being held take part in a day of protest at the of Holot detention center where hundreds of migrants are being held on February 17, 2014 in the southern Negev desert of Israel. More than 50,000 illegal African migrants are seeking asylum after escaping war and government repression in their native lands.  (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)

Inside Israel’s Secret Program to Get Rid of African Refugees

They were promised asylum somewhere closer to home. Then they were discarded — often in a war zone.

Syrians walk amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following reported air strikes by regime forces in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on August 30, 2015. More than 240,000 people have been killed since Syria's conflict began in March 2011, and half of the country's population has been displaced by the war. AFP PHOTO / ABD DOUMANY / AFP / ABD DOUMANY        (Photo credit should read ABD DOUMANY/AFP/Getty Images)

There Are No Real ‘Safe Zones’ and There Never Have Been

Recent history shows that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s plan to create “interim zones of stability” in Syria won’t actually help save civilian lives.

A photo taken on May 3, 1994 shows exiled King Kigeli V Ndahindurwa of Rwanda posing in Washington's Union Station.
The last king of Rwanda, Kigeli V, who ruled the east African nation for less than a year before being forced into exile, finally settling in the United States, died early on October 17, 2016 according to his official website. He was 80.
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Rwanda’s Last Monarch, The ‘King of Africa,’ Dead at 80

In exile, he survived on food stamps in the United States but always dreamed of returning to the throne.

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Start-Ups For the State

Rwanda wants to create a culture of entrepreneurship. But can it really be done by decree?

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The False Idols of Rwanda’s Genocide

Is Paul Kagame’s government using museums to commemorate the past—or cement its grip on power?

Zambian Police apprehend an alleged looter in the Zingalume Compound where residents have attacked broken and looted foreign-run shops in Lusaka on April 19, 2016. 
Zambian authorities arrested more than 200 people for rioting and ransacking Rwandan-owned shops in Lusaka over allegations that foreigners were behind a string of ritual killings, a minister said.  / AFP / SALIM DAWOOD        (Photo credit should read SALIM DAWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

After Mysterious Ritual Killings, Two Zambians Burned Alive in Witch Hunt

Two Zambians were killed after a witch hunt for Rwandans accused of ritualistically killing civilians.

Rwandan fugitive Leon Mugesera (C) is escorted handcuffed by policemen to a police vehicle on the tarmac as he arrives at Kigali International Airport late on January 24, 2012. Mugesera, a linguist who had lived in Canada since 1993, is wanted by the Rwandan authorities for alleged incitement to genocide in a speech he delivered two years before the 1994 genocide that claimed the lives of 800,000 people, mainly minority Tutsis. (Photo credit should read STEVE TERRILL/AFP/Getty Images)

Rwandan Who Called Tutsis ‘Cockroaches’ in 1992 Gets Life Sentence

A man accused of encouraging the genocide in Rwanda has been sentenced to life in prison.

MOSUL, IRAQ - AUGUST 9:  Thousands of Yezidis trapped in the Sinjar mountains as they tried to escape from Islamic State (IS) forces, are rescued by Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Peoples Protection Unit (YPG) in Mosul, Iraq on August 09, 2014. (Photo by )

The G-Word Paradox

Why calling an atrocity a “genocide” is rarely a game-changer.

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A group of Burundian refugees waits for a soap and blanket distribution at Gashora on Bugesera in April 10, 2015. Since few weeks Burundian are fleeing Burundi accusing Imbonerakure, the youths league of the ruling party, to harrass and threat them.They are currently more than 3,000 in Rwanda and mainly come from the bordering province of Kirundo.  AFP PHOTO / STEPHANIE AGLIETTI        (Photo credit should read STEPHANIE AGLIETTI/AFP/Getty Images)

Rwanda’s Way of Solving Its Refugee Problem? Kick Its Refugees Out.

For months Burundi has accused Rwanda of arming Burundian refugees. Now Rwanda is kicking the refugees out.

Burundian riot police form a barricade to hold protesters back during a demonstration against the president's bid to cling to power for a third term in Musaga, outskirts of Bujumbura, on April 28, 2015. At least five people have died since clashes broke out on April 26 after the ruling CNDD-FDD party, which has been accused of intimidating opponents, designated President Pierre Nkurunziza its candidate in the June 26 presidential election. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA        (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Ahead of U.S. Meetings, Top Burundian Official Denies Mass Rape

In a wide-ranging interview with Foreign Policy, a senior advisor to Burundi's president denied human rights abuses are taking place in his country.

President of Rwanda Paul Kagame speaks during a press conference in the Ugandan capital, Kampala on December 12, 2011 a day after he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for inspiring the young generation in Africa to desire for change and better life. Rwandan President Paul Kagame rejected allegations that his government was behind the killing in Kampala earlier this month of a journalist critical of his government. "That  is merely one of the assumptions and I don't think we need to work on just one assumption and neglect the facts. It is wrong, absolutely wrong," Kagame told journalists at a press conference.
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‘I Think I May Die Tonight’

The story of an ambitious Rwandan journalist who challenged Paul Kagame’s leadership.

Burundian soldiers walk near a burning barricade erected by protesters as people demonstrate against the president's bid for a third term in power in Musaga, in the outskirts of Bujumbura, on April 27, 2015. Police in Burundi battled protestors on April 27 in a second day of demonstrations over a bid by the central African nation's president for a third term in office. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA        (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

More Than 21 Years Later, Washington Faces Another Problem From Hell

The U.S. and its allies failed to stop Rwanda from descending into genocide. With Burundi teetering on the brink, they are facing a new and very dangerous test.

Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguessou casts his ballot on October 25, 2015 in Brazzaville. People in the Republic of Congo began voting in a referendum today on whether longtime President Denis Sassou Nguesso can seek a third term in office that has sparked clashes in the oil-producing country.  AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

Africa’s Softer, Gentler Coups d’Etat

Across the continent, military takeovers are out and nasty legal maneuvering is in.

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