Tanzanian Leader Who Downplayed Pandemic Dies
President John Magufuli’s complex legacy is overshadowed by his repeated dismissals of the coronavirus.
Kicking Refugees Out Makes Everyone Less Safe
Tanzania is pushing Burundian refugees out—and endangering the region’s stability.
Africa’s COVID-19 Denialist-in-Chief
John Magufuli’s coronavirus denialism and refusal of vaccines have put millions of Tanzanians at risk.
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.
Will COVID-19 Kill Democracy?
In Tanzania and elsewhere, the pandemic and creeping authoritarianism are colliding, making both problems far worse.
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.
A Story of Leadership and Fatal Missed Opportunity
A review of Prudence Bushnell’s new book on the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings.
Beijing’s Big Brother Tech Needs African Faces
Zimbabwe is signing up for China's surveillance state, but its citizens will pay the price.
Africa’s Attack on Internet Freedom
While Washington turns a blind eye, autocrats across the continent are muzzling their citizens online.
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.
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.
Tanzania Set for Tightest Election in History
No matter who wins, this island of stability in East Africa could be headed for chaos.
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?
Bin Laden Deputy Convicted For Africa Embassy Bombings
U.S. prosecutors convinced a judge to sentence a top bin Laden deputy to life in prison in connection with the 1998 Africa embassy bombings.