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Why Is Everyone so Mad About President Zuma Firing His Finance Minister?

The Conversation Africa | Posted 12.11.2015 | World
The Conversation Africa

A fine technocrat who did not wear his position on his sleeve, and known for tapping into his soft power of persuasion, Nhlanhla Nene has now been shunted out of South Africa's National Treasury.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o: Memories of Who We Are

Louisiana Channel | Posted 10.13.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"Memory is what makes us who we are," says Kenyan Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o - a frequent contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature - in this video about how colonizers sought to erase the memories of the natives by severing their linguistic connections.

Nigerian Elections: At the Crossroads

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Stan Chu Ilo

Nigeria stands at the crossroads of history. These forthcoming elections in Nigeria could unravel all that is flawed about the Nigerian nation.

A Time to Break Silence on Central African Republic

Jim Wallis | Posted 03.19.2014 | World
Jim Wallis

As I have followed the reports coming from Central African Republic, I am heartbroken over the suffering of a people the world seems to have forgotten. Since the Seleka, or alliance, rebellion overturned the government in March 2013, there has been widespread insecurity and chaos. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has called the situation a "mega-crisis."

Is the Monarchy Mentality Bad for South Africa?

Estelle Nagel | Posted 07.12.2013 | World
Estelle Nagel

The problem isn't that we have monarchs. The problem is that they are in power because they've succumbed to politics, rather ruling their people. The problem is the belief that monarchs should be above reproach.

Dancing While Rome Burns: Why South Africa Has Not Had Its Revolution Yet

Estelle Nagel | Posted 07.03.2013 | World
Estelle Nagel

Facing the hostile crowd, who had been fed-up, hungry, shot at, and arrested in scores, there was little else he could do. What can you say to the men and women who faced the tragedy, and painstakingly picked up bullet casings? What can you do in response?

Hotspot or Hotbed? A Tale of Two Africas

Robert_Nolan | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
Robert_Nolan

Will the long-term opportunity to engage Africa more deeply in terms of trade and investment be trumped by security initiatives? The answer is likely yes. And that's not good for the U.S. or Africa.

Talk, Talk, Talking...

Juliet Asante | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Juliet Asante

Generally I'm very interested in the political process. I remember being invited to sit in on the "Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer at CNN's New York...

Up in Arms

Kaz Komolafe | Posted 06.18.2012 | College
Kaz Komolafe

Long live Africa's newest state. After three weeks of fraught interactions between nomadic pastoralists, the Tuareg, and Malian government, the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad has declared independence from the rest of Mali.

Nigeria: Too Big To Fail

www.theatlantic.com | G. Pascal Zachary | Posted 10.29.2011 | Black Voices

A remote country faces a home-grown Muslim terrorism threat. The terrorists appear linked to al-Qaeda. The victimized country, despite its hapless pol...

Nigeria's Lagos Governor Fashola an Extraordinary and Visionary Leader

Amb. Robin Renee Sanders | Posted 07.20.2011 | World
Amb. Robin Renee Sanders

I had the honor of personally co-hosting a luncheon on May 16 for the newly re-elected governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) at the Army-Navy Club in Washington, D.C.

Justice, Stability and Prosperity: Building Fair Legal Systems for Africa

Cherie Blair | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cherie Blair

The rule of law is the cornerstone of a properly functioning society. Where this trust has broken down, as it has in African countries recovering from conflict, the problems are many and serious.

Nigeria's 2011 Elections -- Keeping the 2 R's in Mind: Nigeria's Resilience and Resolve

Amb. Robin Renee Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Robin Renee Sanders

There is a way of doing things in Nigeria that is not always clear from the outside. What is important from this point forward is working with Nigeria to makes this election successful, not criticizing it from the sidelines.

Tick, Tick...The Clock Is Running on Nigeria's 2011 Elections

Amb. Robin Renee Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Robin Renee Sanders

Last week, President Jonathan signed the new 2010 Nigerian Electoral Act, finally setting the stage for INEC to decide when in the next 150 days there will be a turning point election for Nigeria.