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Supporters and employees of Philippine broadcast network ABS-CBN protest against government attacks on press freedom, in Manila on Feb. 21, 2020.

How Press Freedom Came Under Attack in 2020

Citizens hungry for information turned to the media during the pandemic, but governments around the world used the crisis to restrict journalists.

President Donald Trump and then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden

Post-Trump America Needs the Courts, Not Truth and Reconciliation

The conditions that demanded healing elsewhere don’t apply in the United States.

A group of Nigerians repatriated from South Africa

‘Put South Africa First’ Breeds Hate Toward Other Africans

Anti-foreigner sentiments are growing against Nigerians like me.

Then-Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi (R) speaks with presidents Jacob Zuma of South Africa (L) and Denis Sassou Nguesso of Republic of Congo (C) in Tripoli on April 10, 2011 during a meeting with a high-ranking African Union delegation trying to negotiate a truce between Qaddafi's forces and rebels seeking to oust him.

By Ignoring African Leaders, the West Paved the Way for Chaos in Libya

A race-based colonial mindset that views the continent as Europe’s playground and dismisses the concerns of Africans continues to fuel death and destruction.

South African police officers hold protesters back during the funeral procession for Nathaniel Julies—who was shot by police—in Eldorado Park, near Johannesburg, on Sept. 5.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump visits China.

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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.

Activists and others gather outside the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court in Johannesburg on June 24.

After Lockdown, Femicide Rises in South Africa

Pandemic measures focus anger on crimes against women.

Soldiers from the Mozambican army patrol Mocimboa da Praia, Mozambique, on March 7, 2018, following October’s two-day attack by suspected Islamists.

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.

A Nigerian police officer

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.

City of Tshwane health officials are seen during a testing drive for COVID-19 at the Bloed Street Mall in Pretoria Central Business District on June 11.

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.

Youths kneel in front of police with their hands in the air during protests in Soweto, South Africa, on June 16, 1976.

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.

Kenya Face Shields

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.

Cheerleaders perform at the opening game of the Korea Baseball Organization League at a crowdless ballpark in Incheon, South Korea, on May 5.

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.

Commuters stand in a line to curb the spread of the coronavirus as they proceed to board a ferry at the Likoni ferry terminal in Mombasa, Kenya, on March 27.

Africa Meets Pandemic With Violence, Confusion

The coronavirus arrived late to the continent, but the early responses could backfire.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi are greeted by South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa

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.

An Israeli settler walks past a Palestinian house with verandas covered in meshing along the Israeli-controlled Shuhada street in the West Bank city of Hebron on Jan. 28.

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.

The U.S. State Department

State Stonewalls Congress on Embassy Oversight

Allegations of mismanagement at the U.S. Embassy in South Africa go unaddressed.

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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.

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