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Protesters attend a rally backing the Senegalese opposition in Dakar, on June 8.
Protesters attend a rally backing the Senegalese opposition in Dakar, on June 8.

Senegal’s Democratic Backsliding Is a Threat to African Democracy

A constitutional coup in a country that has long been a beacon for freedom would encourage authoritarians across the continent.

A member of the Economic Freedom Fighters holds a placard during a march to the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority offices in Pretoria, South Africa, demanding that vaccines from Russia and China be supplied to South Africans, on June 25.
A member of the Economic Freedom Fighters holds a placard during a march to the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority offices in Pretoria, South Africa, demanding that vaccines from Russia and China be supplied to South Africans, on June 25.

Africa’s Disappointed Demographic

Young people across the continent have been hit hard by the pandemic, lockdowns, and economic stagnation—but their protests have largely been ignored by elderly elites.

Protesters at Place de la Nation in Dakar, Senegal, on March 8.
Protesters at Place de la Nation in Dakar, Senegal, on March 8.

Senegal’s Political Crisis

A country seen as a bulwark of stability faces mass unrest.

Supporters of Ousmane Sonko in Senegal.
Supporters of Ousmane Sonko in Senegal.

What’s Going On in Senegal?

Protests over the arrest of a popular opposition leader highlight the decline in what was a beacon of democracy in West Africa.

African infantrymen of the French Army in 1915
African infantrymen of the French Army in 1915

In the Trenches With the Colonizer

The French Senegalese writer David Diop revises the modernist archetype with a protagonist long excluded from World War I literature: the African soldier on the front lines.

Thousands of women and men gather in Brussels to protest violence against women on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Nov. 25, 2018. (Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Thousands of women and men gather in Brussels to protest violence against women on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Nov. 25, 2018. (Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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All for Nothing

Migrants who fail to reach Europe face humiliation, isolation, and impoverishment at home.

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The Exchange: Are Journalists Checking their Privilege When Covering Refugees?

Tobias Zielony and Anna Badkhen on the displaced, the Global South, and what Africans misunderstand about their peers who’ve made it to Germany.

Los Cristianos, SPAIN:  A boat carring would-be illegal immigrants recovered earlier at sea by coast guard arrive in the port of Los Cristianos on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife, 10 september 2006. Spain said the previous day it would send planes to scan the coast of Senegal for migrants trying to sail to Europe, in a bid to stem a massive flood of illegal immigration from Africa to its shores.  AFP PHOTO/Desiree MARTIN  (Photo credit should read DESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Los Cristianos, SPAIN: A boat carring would-be illegal immigrants recovered earlier at sea by coast guard arrive in the port of Los Cristianos on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife, 10 september 2006. Spain said the previous day it would send planes to scan the coast of Senegal for migrants trying to sail to Europe, in a bid to stem a massive flood of illegal immigration from Africa to its shores. AFP PHOTO/Desiree MARTIN (Photo credit should read DESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Go North, Young Man, Go North!

Even African 'success stories' like Senegal want their citizens to seek their fortune in Europe, because it's easier than giving them a chance at home.

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Can Models Dressed in Trash Save Dakar?

2015 Global Thinker Fabrice Monteiro discusses how plastic-bag couture can teach a generation to respect its environment.

Asylum seekers from Syria stand at the fence of the State Office of Health and Social Affairs (LAGeSo) registration centre in Berlin on December 21, 2015.  / AFP / dpa / Kay Nietfeld / Germany OUT        (Photo credit should read KAY NIETFELD/AFP/Getty Images)
Asylum seekers from Syria stand at the fence of the State Office of Health and Social Affairs (LAGeSo) registration centre in Berlin on December 21, 2015. / AFP / dpa / Kay Nietfeld / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read KAY NIETFELD/AFP/Getty Images)

Refugees Don’t Need Your Pity

In a world where 1 in 7 people are displaced, your kindness is just condescension.

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