Africa Rising

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Articles | No Comments
Africa Rising

Boniface Mwangi’s first camera was an old Japanese film model, bought with $220 borrowed from a friend. He’d been selling books at his mother’s roadside stall in Nairobi since he was 15. Then one day in 2003 he came across a biography of Kenyan photographer Mohamed Amin, whose pictures of the 1984 Ethiopian famine, the […]

The Cocaine Crisis: How the Drug Trade Is Ruining West Africa

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Articles | No Comments
The Cocaine Crisis: How the Drug Trade Is Ruining West Africa

The first indication that the men cutting down cashew trees and filling in the ditch outside Quinta’s house in central Guinea-Bissau were not, as they told her, evangelicals making a clearing for a Christmas Day parade came at 9 p.m. on Dec. 18, when they returned in several cars accompanied by four white men and […]

President Paul Kagame: Rwanda’s Strong Man

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Articles | No Comments
President Paul Kagame: Rwanda’s Strong Man

Rwanda sits at the heart of Africa, Kigali is at the center of Rwanda, and on a wooded ridge bisecting the city sits a single-story complex of government buildings where, at most hours of most days, you’ll find President Paul Kagame at his desk. But it isn’t just geography and hard work that make Kagame […]

Somalia’s Chance: Can a U.S.-Backed African Force Bring Peace?

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Articles | No Comments
Somalia’s Chance: Can a U.S.-Backed African Force Bring Peace?

Sometime during the past 21 years of Somalia’s wars, there came a moment when the destruction reached such an epic level that survival became incongruous. In downtown Mogadishu, where houses spill their stone guts into the street and roads are buried under two decades of rubble, 250,000 people live in egg-shaped pods of brushwood and […]

Behind Sudan’s Spiral
 Back to War

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Articles | No Comments
Behind Sudan’s Spiral
 Back to War

On a wide plain of cracked earth and yellow grass deep in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains, rebel commander Brigadier General Namiri Murrad raises a pair of binoculars and studies his objective, the government-held town of Talodi, some 4 km away. “They have three tanks, you see?” he says, passing over the field glasses. “They had six, […]

The Warlord vs. the Hipsters

Posted by on Mar 26, 2012 in Articles | No Comments
The Warlord vs. the Hipsters

How a group of American filmmakers and 100 special-operations troops are pursuing Africa’s most-wanted war criminal The town of Obo lies on a bend of a remote river in a nameless forest in a country whose name–Central African Republic–is generic. A few miles from Africa’s pole of inaccessibility, its farthest point from any ocean, Obo’s […]

Africa’s Eye On the Sky

Posted by on Jan 30, 2012 in Articles | No Comments
Africa’s Eye On the Sky

For someone whose job title could read Man Most Likely to Blow Your Mind, Bernie Fanaroff looks pretty conventional. Short, affable and 64, Fanaroff is wearing a V neck and gray slacks and offers coffee and sandwiches when we meet in his windowless office on a busy thoroughfare in central Johannesburg. Then he opens his […]

How the ANC Lost Its Way

Posted by on Jan 16, 2012 in Articles | No Comments
How the ANC Lost Its Way

The legendary liberation movement celebrates its centenary, but the party of Mandela has done far too little for a still divided South Africa It has been exactly 99 years and 11 months since the world’s most storied liberation movement, the African National Congress, was born, and I am looking for its birthplace. In Bloemfontein, the […]

Threat Level Rising: How African Terrorist Groups Inspired by al-Qaeda Are Gaining Strength

Posted by on Dec 19, 2011 in Articles | No Comments
Threat Level Rising: How African Terrorist Groups Inspired by al-Qaeda Are Gaining Strength

The moment Nigeria’s Islamists graduated from local to international threat can be dated almost precisely, to just before 11 a.m. on Aug. 26. Mohammed Abul Barra, 27, a car mechanic and father of one from Maiduguri in Nigeria’s northeast, had just turned into the diplomatic enclave in Nigeria’s hot, dusty capital, Abuja. As he passed […]

Africa Blossoms: A Continent On the Verge of an Agricultural 
Revolution

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Articles | No Comments
Africa Blossoms: A Continent On the Verge of an Agricultural 
Revolution

It’s a slow day on the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, so the dealers are trading stories instead. “I love the money, and I love the atmosphere,” says sesame and coffee dealer Takele Chemeda, 38, surveying the octagonal trading pit and the giant screens hanging from the ceiling. “What happens on the floor stays on the floor, […]

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