Seven Monitor correspondents reflect on the world's hotspots. In this installment, Scott Baldauf says Africa showed signs of both the willingness and ability to solve their own problems in 2011.
12/30/2011 04:00 pm
Human rights lept forward in 2011 with the Arab Spring. Smaller steps also indicate progress, including a more forceful Arab League with Libya and Syria, grassroots protests in Russia, and respect for rule of law with the extradition of Laurent Gbagbo to the Hague.
12/27/2011 01:27 pm
The 'hack and extract' attack on the strategic think tank Stratfor will only contribute to the public and media awareness of cybercrime that has grown throughout 2011.
12/26/2011 03:21 pm
Up close, there are grave problems in the world -- hunger, repression, discrimination, violence. But when you take the long view, you can see evidence of progress on many fronts.
12/26/2011 12:33 pm
Congo's President Joseph Kabila took the oath of office today for his second term. Opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi promised to take his own oath Friday, and announced that Kabila's government was 'dismissed.'
12/21/2011 09:25 am
Congolese President Joseph Kabila and opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi both claim to have won the Nov. 28 elections. Tshisekedi is now calling for street protests.
12/15/2011 02:38 pm
Zimbabwe has been using the US dollar for most transactions since their own currency's value plummeted in 2009. Will the nation move on to the Chinese yuan instead?
12/11/2011 10:00 am
The Dow sees its biggest gain since October 2009. But debt problems in Europe still loom large, and the central bankers' promises to print more money aren't anything new.
12/01/2011 06:00 pm
A satirical ad by Nando's Chicken poked fun at Zimbabwe President Mugabe. His supporters were not amused.
12/01/2011 12:49 pm
Key to understanding Congo today is understanding the violence that has defined the country's recent history. The Enough Project gives some background.
11/29/2011 01:38 pm