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An empty inflatable  boat after migrants were rescued by the Abeille Languedoc—an ocean-going tugboat—following a failed crossing of the English Channel from France to Britain on May 9.
An empty inflatable boat after migrants were rescued by the Abeille Languedoc—an ocean-going tugboat—following a failed crossing of the English Channel from France to Britain on May 9.

Britain’s Rwanda Deportation Policy Is a Cruel, Expensive Failure

Boris Johnson’s offshoring of asylum-seekers won’t stop the human smuggling trade—or deter people fleeing tyranny who are intent on reaching Britain.

Supporters of Nigeria’s ruling party All Progressive Congress and its presidential nominee, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, jubilate after the party announced him as the winner of its presidential primary at Eagle Square in Abuja, Nigeria, on June 8.
Supporters of Nigeria’s ruling party All Progressive Congress and its presidential nominee, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, jubilate after the party announced him as the winner of its presidential primary at Eagle Square in Abuja, Nigeria, on June 8.

Nigeria’s All-Male Gerontocracy Won’t Go Away

Africa’s largest democracy systematically excludes women and young people from politics in a country where the median age is 18.

A man stands in a damaged mosque.
A man stands in a damaged mosque.

Christian Nationalism Is Tearing Ethiopia Apart

A religious revival rooted in the country’s imperial history has coincided with civil war and the spread of genocidal rhetoric—endangering a diverse and multifaith nation.

Belgium’s King Philippe shakes hands with Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi as he hands over a ceremonial mask during a ceremony at the National Museum of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Kinshasa on June 8.
Belgium’s King Philippe shakes hands with Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi as he hands over a ceremonial mask during a ceremony at the National Museum of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Kinshasa on June 8.

Belgium Offers Regret—but No Reparations—to Congo

King Philippe stopped short of apologizing for colonial-era atrocities, angering the Congolese opposition and diaspora.

Elephants graze at Kimana Sanctuary.
Elephants graze at Kimana Sanctuary.

The Brewing Battle Over Africa’s Ivory

Many countries in southern Africa want to unload big stockpiles of ivory to fund conservation, even though the trade is banned.

An entitled man walks across a collage landscape to illustrate the concept of protocol in Ghana.
An entitled man walks across a collage landscape to illustrate the concept of protocol in Ghana.

The Secret to Getting What You Need in Ghana

Special “protocol” treatment has become a way of life for the privileged few.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets Nigerien Prime Minister Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou in Istanbul on Dec. 18, 2021.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets Nigerien Prime Minister Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou in Istanbul on Dec. 18, 2021.

Turkey’s Newest African Ally

Ankara’s arms sales to Niger could make the country the center of counterterrorism efforts in the Sahel.

Activists demonstrate outside the City County Assembly in Nairobi on April 24, 2019.
Activists demonstrate outside the City County Assembly in Nairobi on April 24, 2019.

How a U.S. Abortion Ban Would Impact Africa

Washington’s curtailment of reproductive rights at home and in U.S. foreign aid programs has historically had dramatic effects on women’s rights across the continent.

Dimitry Sytii (C), founder of the mining company Lobaye Invest and placed under U.S. Treasury sanctions for his alleged links to the Wagner group, is surrounded by Central African deputies on the steps of the National Assembly in Bangui on October 15, 2021.
Dimitry Sytii (C), founder of the mining company Lobaye Invest and placed under U.S. Treasury sanctions for his alleged links to the Wagner group, is surrounded by Central African deputies on the steps of the National Assembly in Bangui on October 15, 2021.
The remains of a police car in Somalia.
The remains of a police car in Somalia.

Somalia’s al Qaeda Branch Has Gotten ‘Bigger, Stronger, and Bolder’ Since U.S. Exit

As in Afghanistan, Trump’s decisions to withdraw have only emboldened terrorists.

Supporters of interim Malian President Assimi Goïta wave Russian flags during a pro-junta and pro-Russia rally in Bamako, Mali, on May 13.
Supporters of interim Malian President Assimi Goïta wave Russian flags during a pro-junta and pro-Russia rally in Bamako, Mali, on May 13.

How the West Lost Africa

Scolding and paternalism are not winning over African leaders when it comes to ties with Russia.

Newly elected Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud waves to supporters in Mogadishu on May 15.
Newly elected Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud waves to supporters in Mogadishu on May 15.

Somalia’s New President

After a long delayed indirect election, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud faces many challenges.

Visitors view the Benin Bronzes exhibit at the British Museum.
Visitors view the Benin Bronzes exhibit at the British Museum.

Africa’s Stolen Art Debate Is Frozen in Time

Europe’s arguments against restitution have ignored the legitimate claims of African scholars and governments for 50 years.

An empty inflatable  boat after migrants were rescued by the Abeille Languedoc—an ocean-going tugboat—following a failed crossing of the English Channel from France to Britain on May 9.
An empty inflatable boat after migrants were rescued by the Abeille Languedoc—an ocean-going tugboat—following a failed crossing of the English Channel from France to Britain on May 9.

Why Low Unemployment Isn’t Better News

Adam and Cameron discuss unemployment rates and the future of African economics.

Former residents evicted from a crowded Lagos shantytown stand on a flotilla of boats.
Former residents evicted from a crowded Lagos shantytown stand on a flotilla of boats.

It’s Africa’s Century—for Better or Worse

Asia gets the attention, but the real economic revolution is the inevitable growth of an overlooked continent.

People fill water tanks in the Shabelle River in Gode, Ethiopia, on April 8.
People fill water tanks in the Shabelle River in Gode, Ethiopia, on April 8.

War in Ukraine Is Worsening East Africa’s Food Crisis

Rising wheat, fuel, and fertilizer costs amid a historic drought could lead to mass hunger and instability throughout the Horn of Africa.

A man passes in front of the rubble of the Medina hotel in Somalia.
A man passes in front of the rubble of the Medina hotel in Somalia.
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