The Seychelles convicted 11 Somali pirates Monday and joined other small Indian Ocean countries in asking the European Union to fund a regional naval force to combat piracy. Is this emerging as an African solution?
The advocates arguing that recent US 'conflict minerals' legislation will help bring peace to eastern Congo are operating on a flawed understanding of the violence and the logic that motivates the fighters.
Some point out that most Africa conflicts are about much more than a mad scramble for minerals. Others say new US legislation against 'conflict minerals' will cramp some countries' economic progress. But here are some reasons why it's a good thing.
Forget the lack of rebels roaming villages or how many fewer women now face sexual violence, the best sign that Sierra Leone is moving past its brutal civil war is the fact that a trash truck now plies the streets of Freetown.
The African Union summit got underway Sunday in Kampala, Uganda, amid calls for greater cooperation on terrorism following the city's deadly July 11 bombings by Somalia's Al Qaeda-linked militant group, Al Shabab.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy 'opened up the doors of hell for himself and his people' after troops from France and Mauritania launched a rescue raid that killed six Al Qaeda militants, said a top militant in an audio tape.
Sudan President Omar al-Bashir today flew to Chad on his first visit to a full member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) since his arrest warrant was issued. He left amid a severe crackdown on press freedoms at home.
Thousands of Zimbabweans are fleeing back home after two days of xenophobic violence in Johannesburg, South Africa, reminding many of the 2008 anti-foreigner riots that killed more than 60 people displaced more than 200,000.
Human Rights Watch is now calling for an independent autopsy of Democratic Green Party vice chairman Andre Kagwa Rwisereka, who was found dead earlier this month amid a crackdown on dissent in the run-up to the Aug. 9 Rwanda election.
The vast majority of celebrities who get involved in Africa do little more than bring attention to themselves, but Ben Affleck's Congo initiatives actually hire locals and focus on fitting in, not dictating solutions.
New York Times columnist Nicolas Kristof has come under fire by Africa bloggers for consistently placing Western protagonists in his stories of humanitarian crises. He should go the extra mile to understand the politics, writes guest blogger Jason Stearns.
Divides within the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) are driving much of the recent targeted violence, and the situation is likely to get worse ahead of the Aug. 9 Rwanda election, writes guest blogger Laura Seay.
There are now more Africans with access to a cellphone than to a clean toilet. Africa's globally plugged-in generation expects more of its leadership, and has access to instant information. Older African leaders ignore this political dynamic at their own risk.
Several Pakistanis are among those detained in connection with Al Shabab's Uganda bombings during the World Cup final on July 11. The Al Qaeda-linked Somali group claimed responsibility for its first terrorist attack outside Somalia.
Ahead of the International AIDS Conference in Vienna next week, the UN announced that young people are leading the charge against HIV infection.
'No one should doubt our resolve to sell our diamonds,' Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe said July 12. Guest blogger G. Pascal Zachary argues why South Africa should engineer the dictator's exit.
Only 24 percent of homes in Nairobi's slums have a bathroom, forcing many women on dangerous journeys to find a communal lavatory, according to a report from Amnesty International.
South Africa hosted a successful World Cup, but now many citizens are stepping up threats against migrant workers from other African countries. Will there be a repeat of deadly riots of 2008? One employer is building an 'asylum.'
Sunday's Uganda bombings show that the threat of Somalia's Al Shabab is very serious, so what should the US do about it? The status quo is not working, but if you think Afghanistan is a quagmire, you ain't seen nothing yet.
How do I tell a brilliant and kind religious leader that it is not my job, as a researcher, to be the voice for the Congolese people, that he is a far better voice than I could ever be? They didn't cover this in graduate school.