Fixing Africa’s booming cities

Back in 1950, Kenya’s largest city Nairobi was a sleepy colonial town of about 100,000. But as tens of thousands of people from the country began to move to the city, the Kenyan capital surged. Today,...

Ending period poverty

At this year’s Academy Awards a film called “Period. End of Sentence” won the Oscar for best short documentary. The movie focused on the subject of menstruation taboos in India and the story of a group...

Ghana, Egypt face assaults on press

On the surface, Ghana and Egypt couldn't be more different places when it comes free expression. Ghana ranks higher than the U.S. and U.K. by some measures of press freedom, while Egypt's government is now...

Tanzania’s crackdown on media, gay rights

Over the past two years, Tanzania's President John Magufuli has led what critics say is a broad assault on human rights, including freedom of expression. His government has suspended the publication of...

The problem of child soldiers

Thousands of children have been used as soldiers in at least 18 countries around the world in the past two years. For the children who survive, the trauma of war can have long-lasting impacts. On this...

Gender quotas on the march

Christine Blasey Ford was 100 percent certain Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school. Kavanaugh was 100 percent certain he didn’t. But one figure that jumped out of Kavanaugh's recent...

C.A.R. crisis stirred by diamonds, Russia

The Central African Republic is one of the toughest places to live in the world. Since the start of a civil war in 2013, a total of 14 different warring militias now control parts of the country. The central...

Eritrea’s opportunity

The young nation of Eritrea is often referred to as the North Korea of Africa. The country has jailed thousands of political prisoners, eliminated the independent press and forces much of the population...

Ethiopia’s new hope

The East African nation of Ethiopia has spent much of the last three decades as an authoritarian one-party state. Political opponents of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front were...