Africa

Protesters hold placards outside the Nigerian Police headquarters in Abuja during a demonstration to raise awareness about sexual violence on June 5, 2020.

Why Nigeria Is Losing Its Fight to Prosecute Rape

Women who accuse men of sexual assault have faced backlash, high-profile defamation lawsuits, and even retaliatory police investigations.

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How to Restore U.S. Credibility in Africa

By standing up for democracy and free trade, the United States can outflank China and Russia, its authoritarian rivals on the continent.

Activist Stella Nyanzi is arrested by police officers at a protest for more government food distribution amid the coronavirus lockdown in Kampala, Uganda, on May 18, 2020.

Uganda’s Chief Provocateur

Through radical protest, Stella Nyanzi has become a thorn in long-serving President Yoweri Museveni’s side. Now, she could be headed to parliament.

People attend the funeral ceremony of Mogadishu Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman, who died a week after being seriously wounded in an al-Shabab suicide attack at his office, in Mogadishu on Aug. 4, 2019.

Trump’s Withdrawal From Somalia Is a Security Threat. Biden Should Reverse It.

U.S. troops are scheduled to leave the country on Jan. 15, opening the door for al-Shabab terrorists to step up their attacks. The new administration should recommit to protecting the country.

Migrants, many from Cameroon, listen to names being called in Tijuana, Mexico

The United States Has Failed Cameroonian Asylum-Seekers

Fleeing a civil war shaped by the West, Cameroonians have been met on American shores with hostility, high-risk conditions, and now unconscionable deportation.

Workers move iron girders from a crane at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), near Guba, Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019.

Ethiopia Needs the United States to Act as an Honest Broker in the Nile Dam Dispute

As East Africa faces a triple crisis from COVID-19, floods, and locusts, cutting U.S. aid to the Ethiopian government is not the solution. Neutral mediation to resolve the GERD dispute can result in a win-win situation.

Then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden reaches out to shake hands with then Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki after a joint media briefing at the state house in Nairobi on June 8, 2010.

It’s Time for an Africa Policy Upgrade

Washington has sidelined Africa for too long. The Biden administration should take a new approach.

Chinese fishing boats set off after being moored for more than three months in Taizhou, China, due to the annual fishing ban on the East China Sea on Sept. 16, 2014.

China’s Monster Fishing Fleet

Though not alone in its destructive practices, Beijing’s rapacious fleet causes humanitarian disasters and has a unique military mission.

A mother and child walk past a destroyed car in a small town on the main highway near Buea on May 11, 2019.  The location is one of many residential areas that now sit empty as residents flee to the main city of Buea or into the deep tropical forests after violence in the region.

Paul Biya Is Offering Cameroon’s Anglophones Too Little, Too Late

The Cameroonian government is seeking to implement a 1996 law it refused to enact for over two decades. The policy represents a fig leaf, not genuine decentralization, and will not resolve a crisis of Biya’s own making.

Then-Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi (R) speaks with presidents Jacob Zuma of South Africa (L) and Denis Sassou Nguesso of Republic of Congo (C) in Tripoli on April 10, 2011 during a meeting with a high-ranking African Union delegation trying to negotiate a truce between Qaddafi's forces and rebels seeking to oust him.

By Ignoring African Leaders, the West Paved the Way for Chaos in Libya

A race-based colonial mindset that views the continent as Europe’s playground and dismisses the concerns of Africans continues to fuel death and destruction.

Sisanda Henna, Megan Fox, and Brandon Auret in “Rogue.”

Hollywood Likes Feminists When They’re Imperialists

Female-led movies are repeating the same stale images of power.

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Sudan Will Decide the Outcome of the Ethiopian Civil War

As Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed goes to war against Ethiopia’s former rulers—the Tigray People’s Liberation Front—Khartoum’s moves will determine whether the conflict remains a local affair or a regional conflagration.

Young activists and supporters of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden gather and dance on Black Lives Matter Plaza just outside the White House on Nov. 4.

Our Top Weekend Reads

America’s democracy demotion, U.N. peacemaking in the age of plague, and Biden’s Putin challenge.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari signs a landmark free trade agreement ahead of the African Union summit at the Palais des Congrès in Niamey, Niger, on July 7, 2019.

Meet the World’s Largest Free Trade Area

When it comes into effect, the African Continental Free Trade Area will remake African economies—and the world’s.

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