Africa

tanzania

Why is the WHO so worried about Tanzania?

May 21, 2020 6:08 pm

For a start there is inadequate testing and almost no sharing of data

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How the Libyan conflict became the Middle East’s most important proxy war

May 20, 2020 2:46 pm

The Libyan civil war is an example of what happens when western governments walk away from a conflict

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Another plague is enveloping the world — locusts

May 14, 2020 9:52 am

Soon we will see individual swarms the size of London

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Africa’s invisible epidemics

May 10, 2020 11:28 am

What I respected about the people in Baidoa was that every famine victim who died was an individual

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Virus deaths may not be the greatest challenge ahead for Africa

April 24, 2020 6:08 pm

Pestilence heralds a time of dramatic change

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Finger pickin’ good

March 21, 2020 1:39 pm

Banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck has reinvented his instrument and retraced its roots

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Addicted to Addis

March 9, 2020 5:43 pm

We downed jugs of turbo, a popular Ethiopian concoction of white wine, beer and Sprite

ethiopia

My narrow escape from a burning aircraft in Ethiopia

January 16, 2020 1:26 pm

A ball of orange flame exploded from the wing as the fuel ignited, enveloping the exterior of the plane

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The man with the inside story on Tiny Rowland

October 31, 2019 10:57 am

My dear friend Paul Spicer was the Lonrho boss' right-hand man and what stories he could tell

algeria

Algeria reminds us that the current of colonization doesn’t always run just one way

September 5, 2019 9:38 am

It was North Africans who did much of the conquering of north Britain for the Romans

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The astonishing resilience of my beach paradise

August 22, 2019 8:14 am

There is evidence of the effects of climate change, but the marine environment bounces back quickly

elephants

Why we should listen to elephants

May 2, 2019 9:55 am

In the shadow of Mount Kenya’s melting glaciers, I have seen an elephant-flattened man

demography

Demography has become the biggest story on the planet

January 31, 2019 10:45 am

The Human Tide: How Population Shaped the Modern World by Paul Morland reviewed

zimbabwe

Mugabe mark II: Why Mnangagwa’s rule in Zimbabwe may not last very long

January 24, 2019 2:14 pm

Nothing has changed here – the ruling elite still control the people

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Why Africans like Trump

October 5, 2018 6:38 pm

Melania Trump’s Be Best charm offensive strikes an odd note. But Africans appreciate her husband’s worldview