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Michael Mtoo looks on as his cattle drink water in Msomera, Tanzania, on July 15.
Michael Mtoo looks on as his cattle drink water in Msomera, Tanzania, on July 15.

Is Conservation Becoming Colonialism in Tanzania?

Tourism initiatives and conservation of UNESCO heritage sites have led to forced evictions of Indigenous peoples.

The author Abdulrazak Gurnah
The author Abdulrazak Gurnah

Tanzanians Are Very Proud of the Nobel Winner We Haven’t Read

In a country divided over identity and language, literature can be tricky.

A Chinese aircraft carrier sails.
A Chinese aircraft carrier sails.

Beijing Eyes New Military Bases Across the Indo-Pacific

Tanzania, Cambodia, and the UAE are on China’s wish list—and now Kiribati, within striking distance of Hawaii.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli greets crowds before a speech.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli greets crowds before a speech.

Tanzanian Leader Who Downplayed Pandemic Dies

President John Magufuli’s complex legacy is overshadowed by his repeated dismissals of the coronavirus.

A man hangs a Burundian flag on the lead bus transporting repatriated refugees arriving at the Gisuru border crossing on Oct. 3, 2019 in Ruyigi, Burundi.
A man hangs a Burundian flag on the lead bus transporting repatriated refugees arriving at the Gisuru border crossing on Oct. 3, 2019 in Ruyigi, Burundi.

Kicking Refugees Out Makes Everyone Less Safe

Tanzania is pushing Burundian refugees out—and endangering the region’s stability.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli speaks in Dodoma, Tanzania, on Aug. 29, 2020.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli speaks in Dodoma, Tanzania, on Aug. 29, 2020.

Africa’s COVID-19 Denialist-in-Chief

John Magufuli’s coronavirus denialism and refusal of vaccines have put millions of Tanzanians at risk.

A demonstrator holding a Lebanese flag
A demonstrator holding a Lebanese flag

Our Top Weekend Reads

Why partition may be the only solution to Lebanon’s woes, what the bestselling book “Caste” ignores about India’s caste structure, and Britain’s distraction from its real economic problems.

A supporter of Tanzania’s ruling party holds a sign during the official launch of its official campaign for the October general election in Dodoma, Tanzania, on Aug. 29.
A supporter of Tanzania’s ruling party holds a sign during the official launch of its official campaign for the October general election in Dodoma, Tanzania, on Aug. 29.

Will COVID-19 Kill Democracy?

In Tanzania and elsewhere, the pandemic and creeping authoritarianism are colliding, making both problems far worse.

Boys in their senior year at the Protection of Civilians Camp 3 study after class in Juba, South Sudan, on March 23. (Alex Potter for Foreign Policy)
Boys in their senior year at the Protection of Civilians Camp 3 study after class in Juba, South Sudan, on March 23. (Alex Potter for Foreign Policy)

For South Sudan, It’s Not So Easy to Declare Independence From Arabic

When the world’s newest country broke away from Khartoum, it discarded Sudan’s main official language, too. But casting aside the oppressor’s tongue did not heal the country’s divisions.

Rescue workers carry a body on Aug. 9, 1998, in the aftermath of a bombing two days earlier that targeted the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. (AFP/Getty Images)
Rescue workers carry a body on Aug. 9, 1998, in the aftermath of a bombing two days earlier that targeted the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. (AFP/Getty Images)

A Story of Leadership and Fatal Missed Opportunity

A review of Prudence Bushnell’s new book on the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings.

(Xuanyu Han/Getty Images/iStock photo/Foreign Policy illustration)
(Xuanyu Han/Getty Images/iStock photo/Foreign Policy illustration)

Beijing’s Big Brother Tech Needs African Faces

Zimbabwe is signing up for China's surveillance state, but its citizens will pay the price.

Musician turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi (C) is joined by other activists on July 11, 2018 in Kampala, Uganda during a protest against a controversial tax on the use of social media.
Musician turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi (C) is joined by other activists on July 11, 2018 in Kampala, Uganda during a protest against a controversial tax on the use of social media.

Africa’s Attack on Internet Freedom

While Washington turns a blind eye, autocrats across the continent are muzzling their citizens online.

Burundian children, who fled their country, stand behind a fence as they wait to be registered as refugees at Nyarugusu camp, in north west of Tanzania, on June 11, 2015. (Stephanie Aglietti/AFP/Getty Images)
Burundian children, who fled their country, stand behind a fence as they wait to be registered as refugees at Nyarugusu camp, in north west of Tanzania, on June 11, 2015. (Stephanie Aglietti/AFP/Getty Images)

Don’t Make African Nations Borrow Money to Support Refugees

Poor countries have borne the brunt of the refugee crisis. Tanzania’s refusal to bear the cost of a new U.N. program is a warning to the West.

Burundian families who fled their country, wait to be registered as refuges at Nyarugusu camp in north west of Tanzania on June 11, 2015. Since the beginning of the Burundian crisis at the end of April, more than 100,000 Burundian - among them children - have fled their country mostly to neighbouring Tanzania. AFP PHOTO/STEPHANIE AGLIETTI        (Photo credit should read STEPHANIE AGLIETTI/AFP/Getty Images)
Burundian families who fled their country, wait to be registered as refuges at Nyarugusu camp in north west of Tanzania on June 11, 2015. Since the beginning of the Burundian crisis at the end of April, more than 100,000 Burundian - among them children - have fled their country mostly to neighbouring Tanzania. AFP PHOTO/STEPHANIE AGLIETTI (Photo credit should read STEPHANIE AGLIETTI/AFP/Getty Images)

Fleeing Burundi Won’t Protect You From Its Government

A Burundian militia is crossing borders to terrorize refugees and infiltrate the aid agencies that are supposed to protect them.

A boy runs with a flag during a ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) rally in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on October 21, 2015. CCM's party's candidate John Magufuli hopes to succeed President Jakaya Kikwete in what is seen as the tightest electoral race in Tanzania's history, as the main opposition parties unite around ex-prime minister Edward Lowassa, 61, who recently defected from the CCM. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL HAYDUK        (Photo credit should read Daniel Hayduk/AFP/Getty Images)
A boy runs with a flag during a ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) rally in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on October 21, 2015. CCM's party's candidate John Magufuli hopes to succeed President Jakaya Kikwete in what is seen as the tightest electoral race in Tanzania's history, as the main opposition parties unite around ex-prime minister Edward Lowassa, 61, who recently defected from the CCM. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL HAYDUK (Photo credit should read Daniel Hayduk/AFP/Getty Images)

Tanzania Set for Tightest Election in History

No matter who wins, this island of stability in East Africa could be headed for chaos.

Oxfam's Female Food Hereo program in Kisanga village, Aug. 4, 2015
Oxfam's Female Food Hereo program in Kisanga village, Aug. 4, 2015

The Real Farmers of Tanzania

Oxfam is funding a reality TV show to try to empower women in the country’s anemic agricultural sector. But is it working?

ARUSHA, TANZANIA - NOVEMBER 09:  Maasai men prepare to greet Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Walesas they visit  Majengo Maasai Boma on November 9, 2011 in Arusha, Tanzania. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are on the final day of a four day tour of Tanzania after a successful trip to South Africa. The Royal couple will be highlighting environmental and social issues during their visit to Africa.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
ARUSHA, TANZANIA - NOVEMBER 09: Maasai men prepare to greet Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Walesas they visit Majengo Maasai Boma on November 9, 2011 in Arusha, Tanzania. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are on the final day of a four day tour of Tanzania after a successful trip to South Africa. The Royal couple will be highlighting environmental and social issues during their visit to Africa. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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