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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.