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A man walks next to campaign posters ahead of Kenya's general election in Nairobi on Aug. 2.
A man walks next to campaign posters ahead of Kenya's general election in Nairobi on Aug. 2.

Odinga and Ruto Face Off in Kenya

Rivals become allies as outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta backs his old nemesis in a closely fought election.

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.

Rachel Korir's fight against her brothers over their father's property went up to a high court in Kenya, challenging recent constitutional reforms.
Rachel Korir's fight against her brothers over their father's property went up to a high court in Kenya, challenging recent constitutional reforms.

The Battle for Women’s Property Rights in Kenya

What a daughter’s inheritance fight reveals about Kenya’s constitutional reforms, which aimed to provide equal land access between men and women.

South Africans gather at the Union Buildings.
South Africans gather at the Union Buildings.

The Death Penalty Isn’t African. It’s a Legacy of Colonialism.

Capital punishment was a tool of white supremacy designed to instill terror and cement foreign domination. African governments should abolish it.

Students from the University of Texas hold signs during a rally in favor of abortion rights November 24,2003 in Austin, Texas.
Students from the University of Texas hold signs during a rally in favor of abortion rights November 24,2003 in Austin, Texas.

What Happens When Women Can’t Get Legal Abortions

Examples from around the world show that restrictions can actually lead to more, not fewer, abortions.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the official opening of the renovated Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi on Sept. 26, 2020.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the official opening of the renovated Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi on Sept. 26, 2020.

Kenya’s High Court Lays Down the Law

In a show of judicial independence, the court declared President Uhuru Kenyatta’s proposed political reforms unconstitutional.

A Democratic Party supporter reacts by giving the finger after Donald Trump's victory is announced on television in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Nov. 9, 2016.
A Democratic Party supporter reacts by giving the finger after Donald Trump's victory is announced on television in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Nov. 9, 2016.

Don’t Call the Race Too Early

An early declaration of the election result from a partisan network—on the left or right—could trigger violence in the United States.

A Turkana woman carries firewood near Lokitaung in northern Kenya, where a drought ravaged the livestock population, on March 21, 2017.
A Turkana woman carries firewood near Lokitaung in northern Kenya, where a drought ravaged the livestock population, on March 21, 2017.

In Northern Kenya, the Climate Crisis Shifts Gender Roles

Drought has disrupted the traditional way of life for pastoralists, pushing many women into business for the first time.

People walk past graffiti calling for peace in Nairobi
People walk past graffiti calling for peace in Nairobi

Kenya’s 2022 Elections Have Already Begun

The president doesn’t have a clear chosen successor, and the unsolved killing of an election official shows that the country could be caught in another cycle of violence.

Nairobi, Kenya, which has seen rapid economic expansion in recent years, is seen through a crisscross of electrical lines on May 16, 2019.
Nairobi, Kenya, which has seen rapid economic expansion in recent years, is seen through a crisscross of electrical lines on May 16, 2019.

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.

Kenya Face Shields
Kenya Face Shields

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.

An Israeli protester lifts a placard during a rally in Tel Aviv on April 25, to protest what the demonstrators consider threats to Israeli democracy.
An Israeli protester lifts a placard during a rally in Tel Aviv on April 25, to protest what the demonstrators consider threats to Israeli democracy.

What Democracy Will Fall Next?

Hungary was the first democratic victim of the coronavirus. It may not be the last.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang before their meeting in Beijing on April 13, 2016.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang before their meeting in Beijing on April 13, 2016.

China’s Racism Is Wrecking Its Success in Africa

The expulsion of Africans from their homes in southern China is causing a diplomatic storm.

Workers line up to have their temperature taken in front of a factory in Kenya during the coronavirus pandemic
Workers line up to have their temperature taken in front of a factory in Kenya during the coronavirus pandemic

Kenya’s Labor Market Wasn’t Made for a Pandemic

Informal workers propped up the country’s economy—until they were suddenly struggling to survive.

Commuters stand in a line to curb the spread of the coronavirus as they proceed to board a ferry at the Likoni ferry terminal in Mombasa, Kenya, on March 27.
Commuters stand in a line to curb the spread of the coronavirus as they proceed to board a ferry at the Likoni ferry terminal in Mombasa, Kenya, on March 27.

Africa Meets Pandemic With Violence, Confusion

The coronavirus arrived late to the continent, but the early responses could backfire.

Locusts take flight from ground vegetation as young girls run toward their cattle at Larisoro village near Archers Post, Kenya, on Jan. 21.
Locusts take flight from ground vegetation as young girls run toward their cattle at Larisoro village near Archers Post, Kenya, on Jan. 21.

Top U.S. Aid Chief Warns of Locust Devastation in East Africa

“You really have to go back to decades ago in the U.S., to Dust Bowl days, to understand just how devastating this can be.”

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