The streets were quiet after a Rwanda grenade attack in the capital, Kigali, on Wednesday evening. But the flurry of text messages belies the outward calm.
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.
Grenade attacks Sunday injured seven people in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi. "Not that it's not serious – but this is Bujumbura, where gunfire lulled people to sleep for the better part of 15 years," says blogger Jina Moore.
A cheapskate herself, Lauren Weber considers how and why Americans spend.
Francine Prose tells the story of Anne Frank’s diary: how it come to be written and what happened to it once it appeared in the world.
War correspondent Bryan Mealer tells a dark tale of his time in Congo.