Our Top Weekend Reads
African nations are fighting to repatriate their artifacts, Washington imposes sanctions on a Chinese paramilitary group, and the United States has a new opportunity to rethink its visa policies.
After Lockdown, Femicide Rises in South Africa
Pandemic measures focus anger on crimes against women.
Is It Time to Repatriate Africa’s Looted Art?
Protests have strengthened calls for Western institutions to repatriate priceless cultural artifacts. Museums in Africa are ready to receive them.
Trump Mulls Withholding Aid to Ethiopia Over Controversial Dam
The massive Ethiopian dam is a flash point for tensions in Africa—and is now sowing confusion and discord within the U.S. government, with many officials concerned Washington is too much in Egypt’s corner.
IMF Loans Will Further Entrench Corruption in Egypt
Recently disbursed IMF funding will only help the Sisi regime and entrench its rule.
Why Is Mainstream International Relations Blind to Racism?
Ignoring the central role of race and colonialism in world affairs precludes an accurate understanding of the modern state system.
How Canadian Bureaucracy Botched a Critical Ebola Treatment
A Chinese Canadian researcher’s breakthrough could have saved thousands of lives.
Kenya’s Road to Dictatorship Runs Through Nairobi County
The handover of municipal services to military officers makes clear how the president wants to wield power.
The Legacy of American Racism at Home and Abroad
Domestic racism has long impacted U.S. foreign policy. It’s time to open up about it.
As the World Marches for American Victims, Police Brutality in Africa Goes Unnoticed
A spate of killings in Nigeria under lockdown has produced little but hashtag activism.
Will Burundi’s New President Seize the Moment?
The sudden death of the outgoing president, the coronavirus pandemic, and an ailing economy mean that wide-ranging reforms are needed more than ever.
To Save Its Democracy, the United States Needs a Dose of Its Own Medicine
Americans have long worked abroad to promote democratic practices and institutions. Now, more than ever, those lessons must be applied at home.
America’s Disdain for Black Lives Extends to Africa
Increased militarization on the continent under Trump is part of a long history of institutionalized racism in U.S. foreign policy.
Malaria May Still Be 2020’s Biggest Killer
The coronavirus has shut down large-scale treatment and prevention programs around the globe, which could send malaria deaths skyrocketing this year.
In South Africa, Racial Tensions Simmer Amid a Pandemic
A swift government response has kept the coronavirus at bay, for now, but stark inequalities, heavy-handed security forces, and racist rhetoric are threatening the country’s hard-won unity.
Child Soldiers Are Helping End a Forever War
Children are at the center of the Central African Republic’s efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic—and to break the country’s cycles of violence.
African Leaders, Joined by U.S. Embassies, Condemn Police Killing in Minneapolis
In highly unusual move, U.S. diplomats in Uganda and Kenya issue public pronouncements expressing distress over the death of George Floyd.
If African Governments Won’t Act, the People Will
With frustration rising over haphazard responses to the coronavirus, community networks are filling the void across the continent.