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An aerial view of rising waters around the Numan bridge is seen in the Numan community of Adamawa State, Nigeria, on Sept. 25.
An aerial view of rising waters around the Numan bridge is seen in the Numan community of Adamawa State, Nigeria, on Sept. 25.

Floods Devastate West Africa

Hundreds of thousands of people are suffering in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger due to government failures to invest in preventive infrastructure.

Students sit at desks in a classroom.
Students sit at desks in a classroom.

Who Speaks English?

The world is long overdue for the abandonment of the unstated but powerful hegemony that exists around the great imperial languages of centuries past.

Workers operate sewing machines in a garment factory at the Hawassa Industrial Park in southern Ethiopia.
Workers operate sewing machines in a garment factory at the Hawassa Industrial Park in southern Ethiopia.

The Dark Side of Ethiopia’s Export Boom

Workers report sexual coercion and poor conditions at the Hawassa Industrial Park.

U.S. President Joe Biden holds a bilateral meeting with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the White House in Washington on Sept. 16.
U.S. President Joe Biden holds a bilateral meeting with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the White House in Washington on Sept. 16.

In Washington, Cyril Ramaphosa Defends South African Neutrality

South African leaders have consistently rejected U.S. efforts to punish African countries for nonalignment.

A member of the Zimbabwe Republic Police is seen in front of an electoral poster of President Emmerson Mnangagwa
A member of the Zimbabwe Republic Police is seen in front of an electoral poster of President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Cafe Meeting Turns Into Tense Car Chase for U.S. Senate Aides in Zimbabwe

Leading lawmaker calls on Biden to address Zimbabwe’s “dire” authoritarian turn after the incident.

Gambian President Adama Barrow signs the condolence book for the late Queen Elizabeth II at the British ambassador’s residence in Banjul, Gambia, on Sept. 12.
Gambian President Adama Barrow signs the condolence book for the late Queen Elizabeth II at the British ambassador’s residence in Banjul, Gambia, on Sept. 12.

King Charles III Faces a Reckoning on Empire in Africa

Will a monarch known for voicing his personal views apologize for Britain’s crimes in Africa?

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with Zambian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Stanley Kasongo Kakubo on the sidelines of the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Dakar, Senegal, on Nov. 30, 2021.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with Zambian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Stanley Kasongo Kakubo on the sidelines of the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Dakar, Senegal, on Nov. 30, 2021.

Is China Responsible for Zambia’s Debt Crisis?

The first country to default in the COVID era makes a deal with the IMF.

A view through an open, barred iron gate shows a courtyard.
A view through an open, barred iron gate shows a courtyard.

The History of Slavery Is All of Our History

The grim events that took place at historical sites such as Ghana’s Elmina Castle made all of us.

A World Food Programme convoy of trucks on their way to the Tigray region are seen near the village of Erebti, Ethiopia, on June 9.
A World Food Programme convoy of trucks on their way to the Tigray region are seen near the village of Erebti, Ethiopia, on June 9.

Africa Must Do Its Part to Break Ethiopia’s Abusive Tigray Siege

The Ethiopian government’s chokehold on humanitarian aid needs to end. 

A truck carrying grains to Tigray and belonging to the World Food Program burns out on a route almost 50 miles from Semera, Ethiopia, on June 10.
A truck carrying grains to Tigray and belonging to the World Food Program burns out on a route almost 50 miles from Semera, Ethiopia, on June 10.

Ethiopia’s Cease-Fire Collapses

After five months of relative calm, Tigray is once again under fire.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses a press conference with international media in Kyiv, Ukraine, on April 23.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses a press conference with international media in Kyiv, Ukraine, on April 23.

Ukraine’s Story Can Find Listeners in Africa

Kyiv is struggling to find leverage against Russian narratives.

People sit atop a yellow billboard featuring a photo of Nelson Mandela, the African National Congress logo, and the slogan "Vote for Jobs, Peace and Freedom."
People sit atop a yellow billboard featuring a photo of Nelson Mandela, the African National Congress logo, and the slogan "Vote for Jobs, Peace and Freedom."

Nelson Mandela’s Missed Opportunity

South Africa’s former president had the chance to launch a massive program of regional economic integration but failed to seize it.

Angolan opposition party National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) leader and presidential candidate Adalberto Costa Júnior gestures as he delivers a speech during the UNITA final campaign rally ahead of general elections, in Luanda, Angola, on Aug. 22.
Angolan opposition party National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) leader and presidential candidate Adalberto Costa Júnior gestures as he delivers a speech during the UNITA final campaign rally ahead of general elections, in Luanda, Angola, on Aug. 22.

Will Angolan Voters Ditch the Party of Liberation?

President João Lourenço’s MPLA faces an unusually strong challenge from a united opposition.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (left) speaks with Sen. Chris Coons
Sen. Lindsey Graham (left) speaks with Sen. Chris Coons

U.S. Foreign Aid Pilot Program Sparks Fight With Congress

A “game-changing” bill hits an impasse over programs in Haiti and Libya.

Nigerian soldiers load a military truck with weapons recovered from bandits in north-central Nigeria on April 21.
Nigerian soldiers load a military truck with weapons recovered from bandits in north-central Nigeria on April 21.

More Weapons Won’t Solve Nigeria’s Security Crisis

A nearly $1 billion U.S. arms sale to the country will promote further violence.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Congolese Foreign Minister Christophe Lutundula give a press conference at Cité de l’OUA (Organisation of African Unity) in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Aug. 9.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Congolese Foreign Minister Christophe Lutundula give a press conference at Cité de l’OUA (Organisation of African Unity) in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Aug. 9.

Can Blinken Bring Peace in Eastern Congo?

The U.S. secretary of state is urging Kigali, Kinshasa, and others to stop backing militias in the region—but a lasting peace deal remains elusive.

A Chinese aircraft carrier sails with other ships during a military drill in the East China Sea in April 2018.
A Chinese aircraft carrier sails with other ships during a military drill in the East China Sea in April 2018.

More Chinese Military Bases in Africa: A Question of When, Not If

Beijing has been increasingly clear about its global military ambitions.

Two men in military uniforms sit on a military vehicle.
Two men in military uniforms sit on a military vehicle.

How the Army Is Swallowing the Ugandan State

When civilian institutions are undermined, soldiers step in.

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