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.
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.
What Democracy Will Fall Next?
Hungary was the first democratic victim of the coronavirus. It may not be the last.
China’s Racism Is Wrecking Its Success in Africa
The expulsion of Africans from their homes in southern China is causing a diplomatic storm.
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.
Africa Meets Pandemic With Violence, Confusion
The coronavirus arrived late to the continent, but the early responses could backfire.
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.”
Boris Johnson’s New Scramble for Africa
The prime minister’s vision of a “Global Britain” after Brexit will only succeed if he abandons imperial nostalgia in favor of practical investment in the continent’s fast-growing economies.
In Africa, China Is the News
Beijing’s infrastructure projects may grab headlines, but its efforts to shape the media are more dangerous.
When Coal Comes to Paradise
As China pushes clean energy policies at home, it is exporting its high-pollution coal industry to pristine places like Kenya’s Lamu Island—with Nairobi’s seal of approval. Local residents fear it will destroy the environment they depend on.
Kenya’s Bid for LGBT Equality Hits a Wall
Judges declined to overturn colonial-era laws criminalizing same-sex relationships. Human Rights Watch’s Neela Ghoshal says it’s a setback with regional repercussions.
LGBT Kenyans’ Patience Has Gone Unrewarded
The Kenyan High Court has delayed deciding on decriminalizing homosexuality.
Al-Shabab Wants You To Know It’s Alive and Well
The brutal attack in Kenya is designed to show Washington and the world that the terrorist group is still a force to be reckoned with in East Africa.
Kenya has found a way to make refugee camps benefit host communities. Other countries should follow its lead.
A Story of Leadership and Fatal Missed Opportunity
A review of Prudence Bushnell’s new book on the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings.