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People cross from Guatemala to Mexico at the Talisman bridge in Chiapas State, Mexico, on June 7.

Mexico’s Other Border

Plus: Observers fear spiraling violence in Sudan, a scandal erupts in Brazil, and the other stories we're following today.

People chat in front of a mural depicting Iran's flag of Iran, in Tehran, Iran on May 22.

Mixed Messages on Iran

Plus: Stocks fall again amid trade war, Netanyahu misses his government deadline, and the other stories we're following today.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media on April 24 in Auckland.

A Global Call to End Online Extremism

Government leaders and tech companies convene to combat violent extremism online, an ongoing curfew amid violence in Sri Lanka, and the crackdown on Venezuela’s opposition continues.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema addresses the crowd during the final EFF presidential election campaign rally at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, on May 5.

South Africa’s ANC Can’t Take Black Voters for Granted Anymore

The African National Congress won again in South Africa, but a new generation identifies the party more with corruption than liberation and is seeking solutions through protests and lawsuits rather than at the ballot box.

Demonstrators burn a makeshift U.S. flag during a rally in Tehran on May 10.

The World This Weekend

U.S. relations with Iran continued to unravel as South Africa went to the polls.

Jacob Zuma (right), the then-president of South Africa, and Ace Magashule, the then-premier of the Free State, ready to release white doves during the unveiling of the Nelson Mandela statue in Bloemfontein, South Africa, on Dec. 13, 2012.

The Man Who Stole South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged a new dawn as president, but the secretary-general of his own party has built a web of corruption that thrives on darkness.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (R) toasts with former President Jacob Zuma (C) and African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Ace Magashule (L) during the ANC's 107th anniversary celebrations in Durban on Jan. 12.

A Clean President Can’t Govern From Atop a Tainted Party

Voting for the ANC in the hope that its leader can clean house is a leap of faith. Those who looted South Africa’s government won’t give up so easily.

Ivanka Trump visits a cocoa cooperative in Ivory Coast during the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) West Africa Regional Summit in Abidjan on Apr. 17.

The White House Won’t Empower Women. Sudan’s Protests Will.

From Khartoum to Warsaw, demonstrators are demanding basic equality while the Trump administration wages a war on women’s rights.

Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó gather in Caracas Feb. 12. (Edilzon Gamez/Getty Images)

There Is Still a Way Out of Venezuela’s Stalemate

Both sides should heed the lessons of negotiated transitions in Chile and South Africa to forge a peaceful path to democracy.

Supporters of Felix Tshisekedi, the newly elected president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, hold his portrait and cheer during his inauguration in Kinshasa on Jan. 24. (John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Demonstrators during a march commemorating victims of Gambia's former regime, in Serekunda, on April 10, 2017.

Truth First, Reconciliation Later

After decades of dictatorship, Gambia has launched a truth commission. But in a country where some victims were also perpetrators, delivering justice to all won’t be easy.

Opposition candidates Felix Tshisekedi (right), Martin Fayulu (second from right), and the head of the African Union Election Observation Mission, former interim Malian President Dioncounda Traoré (second from left), leave after a joint meeting on Jan. 2 in Kinshasa. (John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images)

African Leaders Must Act to Stop Electoral Fraud in Congo

South Africa and Angola have influence. They must use it to ensure that the Congolese government respects the will of voters.

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Street Smart

Why South Africa’s formerly segregated townships are still central to its imagination.

The scene on the main road of Nawa-i-Barakzai district center in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Aug. 2. The Taliban held the area from October 2016 to July 2017.

This Year’s Essential Deep Dives

Five Reads: The best Foreign Policy long-form stories in 2018.

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South Africans Are Taking the Law Into Their Own Hands

In a country where no one trusts the police, vigilante groups promising to stop gang violence were initially welcomed. Now, with extralegal justice on the rise, some citizens have had enough.

Khoisan elders and activists prepare to honor the Khoisan activist Adam Mathysen at his grave on the outskirts of Johannesburg on April 27. (Nathan Siegel for Foreign Policy)

South Africa’s First Nations Have Been Forgotten

As Pretoria prepares to confront the legacy of colonial and apartheid-era land theft, hardly anyone seems to care about the claims of the country’s earliest inhabitants—the Khoisan.

South African President  Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 25.

‘Where There Has Been Wrongdoing There Will Be Accountability’

South Africa’s president tells Foreign Policy about his plans to tackle corruption, redistribute land, and restore the country’s moral leadership.

The managing editor of China Central Television Africa, Pang Xinhua, shows a local journalist in Nairobi how the organization has expanded in different parts of Africa on June 12, 2012. (Simon Maina/AFP/GettyImages)

China Is Buying African Media’s Silence

I wrote about Chinese oppression in a South African paper. Hours later, they cancelled my column.

Farmworker Mogoala Justice Ratalele stands near his boss, farmer Hans Bergmann, after being held at gunpoint during a theft, in Tzaneen, South Africa, on Nov. 2, 2017. (Gulshan Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

In Tacit Rebuke, U.S. Embassy in South Africa Rejects Trump Tweet

Internal cable cites report that farm murders in South Africa are at their lowest level in 19 years.

The Swanepoel children play in the driveway of the grounds of their family's guest lodge on a farm in Limpopo province, South Africa on October 31, 2017. 
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There’s a Better Way to Take White Farmers’ Land

South Africa needs to redistribute property—but not all appropriation is made the same.

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