Paul Kagame Celebrated ‘Hotel Rwanda’—Until Its Hero Criticized Him
Rwanda’s president once welcomed the Hollywood film. His recent attacks on the movie and its protagonist show that his government cannot handle dissent.
When It Comes to Rwanda, Don’t Believe Everything You See in the Movies
Many Rwandans regard the protagonist of a Hollywood film as a terrorist, not a hero.
Autocrats Increasingly Quashing Dissent Beyond Their Own Borders
Freedom House says transnational repression is on the rise—led by China, Saudi Arabia, and Russia.
Rwanda’s Rendition of a Hollywood Hero Confirms the Country’s Descent Into Dictatorship
Paul Rusesabagina is the latest dissident to be caught in the Rwandan ruler’s authoritarian net. Western governments must stop portraying President Paul Kagame’s repressive regime as a development success story.
Outside Powers Are Making the Conflict in the Central African Republic Worse
Proxy wars pitting France and Chad against Russia and Rwanda threaten to destabilize the entire region while subjecting Central Africans to more violence and instability.
Why the U.S. Health Care System Failed the Coronavirus Test
America needs a medical microgrid focused on treating patients where they are. Without locally focused care, doctors will continue to fail those who need them most.
Europe’s Harsh Border Policies Are Pushing Refugees All the Way to Rwanda
EU funds for Libyan militias forced thousands of migrants into dangerous Libyan detention centers. Now, after being evacuated, some of them are stuck as far away as Rwanda—with no idea if they will ever be resettled.
The Alleged War Criminal in the U.N.’s Midst
Twenty-five years after the Rwandan genocide, will the U.N. at last pursue one of its own former officials?
How Washington Got on Board With Congo’s Rigged Election
The State Department endorsed Felix Tshisekedi’s unlikely presidency, taking some U.S. officials by surprise.
Changing Global Gender Norms Is Possible
What India can show the United States about how to disrupt rape culture.
Will Congo Go to the Polls—Or Go to War?
The government claims the country is having an election. Fighters in the East are preparing for battle.
Books in Brief: The Latest Reads on the Financial Crisis, the Rwandan Genocide, and What It Means to Be a Nation
Also: Works on India’s rise, the history of U.S. trade politics, and social media’s role in modern conflicts.
A Light Unto Some Nations
How Israel's policy toward African asylum-seekers transformed it from a land of refuge into a land of deportation.
Even Critics of Rwanda’s Government Are Helping Paul Kagame Stay in Power
For every problem highlighted by local journalists, Rwanda’s strongman can present himself as the solution.
The Elephant in the Comedy Club
A troupe of popular young comics avoids mixing humor and politics in Rwanda.
Inside Israel’s Secret Program to Get Rid of African Refugees
They were promised asylum somewhere closer to home. Then they were discarded — often in a war zone.
There Are No Real ‘Safe Zones’ and There Never Have Been
Recent history shows that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s plan to create “interim zones of stability” in Syria won’t actually help save civilian lives.
Rwanda’s Last Monarch, The ‘King of Africa,’ Dead at 80
In exile, he survived on food stamps in the United States but always dreamed of returning to the throne.