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Matthew King
In Africa, a Link Between Phones and Freedom

Uganda’s putting porn on the “naughty list” and Zimbabwe’s trying to block WhatsApp, but Africa’s mobile revolution is real and its impacts are just beginning to be felt.

Development in Africa
Il est minuit, docteur Schweitzer

The great humanitarian’s hospital in Gabon may be closing soon. But it’s not the only idea of Albert Schweitzer’s that has seen better days.

Kleptocracy Watch
How Not to Steal an Election: Gabon Edition

A memo to dictators: if you’re going to steal an election, don’t let them see you sweat.

Getting Africa Right
South Sudan and the Case for Maps

An AP report from last week shows the ethnic loyalties driving the conflict in South Sudan—and also demonstrates why readers need maps to understand them.

Ersatz Ethiopia
The Meaning of an Olympic Protest

A silver medalist from Ethiopia crosses his arms in protest—and draws attention to the woes of America’s counter-terrorism partner in the Horn of Africa.

Media Myopia
The Terror Attack No One Noticed

Islamist militants massacred 51 people last Saturday night. Did you hear about it?

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Burundian President’s Henchman Fêted in…Canada

Pierre Nkurunziza’s spokesman slammed “biased” media reports and downplayed the killing of Tutsis before a mostly Hutu audience in Quebec City.

Democracy in South Africa
A Wake-Up Call for South Africa’s ANC

A memo to South Africa’s ruling party: You’ve got competition.

Africa's Culture Wars
Uganda’s Porn Police Strike Again

If the goal is to stamp porn out of Ugandan society, a lot of Ugandans are going to end up in shackles (and not in a way some might like).

Rumble in the Jungle
A Plane Rebuke for Congo’s Opposition Leader

Moïse Katumbi’s plane was turned away from the airport at Kinshasa just as he was slated to address tens of thousands of supporters. Election season just got wilder.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Trouble in Brussels

After threatening Putin with new sanctions over Syria, European leaders discover they lack the political will to deliver.

The United States is now going to have to figure out how to help Venezuela avoid completely melting down, with the Venezuelan strongman still at the helm.

Fear the Airpocalypse

Companies are defying orders to cut back on air pollution.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Philippine officials sought to clarify Duterte’s comments on separating from the U.S., but the situation is still murky.

Reefer Madness

Is it Gary Johnson’s world? Not necessarily.


Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin thinks Moscow can add 4 million barrels per day in the coming years.

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