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Getting Africa Right
Nigeria’s Leading Novelist Slams President Buhari

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s op-ed in the NYT provides a sobering assessment of President Buhari’s job performance.

Progress
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
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The Terror Attack No One Noticed

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

It's the ethnicity stupid...
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).

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
separation of powers

The third branch could be a bulwark against Trump’s potential abuses of power.

Crude Economics

America’s rig count is rising, and it’s only going to climb further after OPEC’s decision to cut output.

Crude Economics

Moscow just promised to cut its oil output, but that promise rings hollow.

Asia's Game of Thrones

China’s seizure of Singapore’s troop carriers is a power move that sends a signal about Beijing’s displeasure with the Lion City.

Burma's Rohingyas

Outrage at Myanmar’s leader for her inaction on the Rohingya demonstrates the continuing failure of human rights activists to understand the world or develop wise strategies for dealing with it.

Looking Ahead

Nancy Pelosi’s re-election at House Minority Leader suggests that even the 2016 disaster has not yet weakened the establishment’s iron grip over Democratic power centers.

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