The looted antiquities trade

Conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere has fueled a booming trade in looted antiquities from archaeological sites and museums. Millions of dollars worth of artifacts have disappeared, with some...

Zimbabwe, South Africa in transition

Two figures have dominated the politics of southern Africa in recent years. One is Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe. The other is South Africa’s 75-year-old President Jacob Zuma. Now...

Japanese pacifism under attack

After World War II, Japan adopted a constitution that formally renounced war or maintaining military forces. In the years since, Japan has bolstered what it calls its "Self-Defense Force." The SDF is a...

The overpopulation debate

Overpopulation has been debated since British economist Thomas Malthus famously warned in 1798 that humans could reproduce far faster than they could increase their food supply. But since Malthus's time,...

Kenya tensions spike amid electoral dispute

A decade ago a disputed presidential election in Kenya led to violence that left more than 1,400 people dead and forced 600,000 from their homes. Now political tensions are again running high after another...

Congo’s retreat from democracy

After more than 16 years in power, the Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila was to step down after his term expired in December. Instead his government has repeatedly postponed elections,...

The business of poaching

Might your children or grandchildren someday live in a world without rhinoceroses or African elephants? The chances of that are probably higher than you might guess. There are just 350,000 elephants...

Kenya losing battle with corruption

Kenya has long been one of the richest and most developed countries in Africa. The capital Nairobi is a hub for businesses all over the continent, and its game parks and beaches are a magnet for tourists. But...

Famine stalks South Sudan, Somalia

The United Nations says that the world is facing the worst food crisis since World War II. Two of the hardest hit countries are in East Africa. In South Sudan, the UN has made its first formal famine...

Zimbabwe after Mugabe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe recently turned 93, making him the oldest non-royal head of state in the world. But in his 37 years in power, he's become a caricature of the corrupt African dictator....