In South Africa, Police Violence Isn’t Black and White
The killing of a coloured teenager in Johannesburg exposed the fraught state of race relations in South Africa—and how the racial hierarchies created by apartheid continue to plague the country.
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African nations are fighting to repatriate their artifacts, Washington imposes sanctions on a Chinese paramilitary group, and the United States has a new opportunity to rethink its visa policies.
After Lockdown, Femicide Rises in South Africa
Pandemic measures focus anger on crimes against women.
Mozambique’s Insurgency Is a Regional Problem
Rising extremist violence in the country’s oil-rich north threatens stability in southern Africa—and requires a coordinated response.
As the World Marches for American Victims, Police Brutality in Africa Goes Unnoticed
A spate of killings in Nigeria under lockdown has produced little but hashtag activism.
In South Africa, Racial Tensions Simmer Amid a Pandemic
A swift government response has kept the coronavirus at bay, for now, but stark inequalities, heavy-handed security forces, and racist rhetoric are threatening the country’s hard-won unity.
Is America’s Future South Africa’s Past?
There are uncomfortable parallels between the United States in 2020 and South Africa in the dying days of white rule.
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.
Tales From the Lockdown: How COVID-19 Has Changed Lives Around the World
In South Africa, people are brewing beer at home. Muslims in India are celebrating Ramadan alone. And city streets everywhere are vacant.
Africa Meets Pandemic With Violence, Confusion
The coronavirus arrived late to the continent, but the early responses could backfire.
Coronavirus Has Started a Censorship Pandemic
Governments around the world are banning fake news about the crisis—and cracking down on their critics while they’re at it.
Trump’s Plan for Palestine Looks a Lot Like Apartheid
Israel has long resisted the South Africa analogy, but the U.S. government’s support for annexation is making it a reality.
State Stonewalls Congress on Embassy Oversight
Allegations of mismanagement at the U.S. Embassy in South Africa go unaddressed.
At Embassies Abroad, Trump Envoys Are Quietly Pushing Out Career Diplomats
“There’s zero support or pushback from the department for the career people,” said one former U.S. official.
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.
Power Cuts Are Plaguing Southern Africa. The Region Needs Renewable Energy.
Zimbabwe and its richer neighbor South Africa are in the throes of an electricity crisis. Alternative sources of energy are the solution.
The Democratic Alliance’s Demise Puts South Africa’s Multiparty Democracy at Risk
The implosion of the country’s leading opposition party is bad news for competitive politics and democratic institutions—and its impact will be felt across Africa.
Blast From the Past
Forty years ago, a U.S. satellite detected the telltale signs of a nuclear explosion. An analysis of the evidence today points to a clandestine nuclear test, a Carter administration cover-up, and only one country that was willing and able to carry it out: Israel.
South Africans Are Used to Being the Targets of Racist Hatred. Now They’ve Become the Haters.
The ANC government must acknowledge that xenophobic violence is a hate crime and a betrayal of the African allies that aided it during the darkest days of apartheid.
No Continent for Old Men
Africa has the world’s youngest population and its oldest leaders. If the next generation wants change, young Africans must abandon dreams of private-sector success and enter the political arena.