Africa

COLUMN

Obamacare May Hold the Key to Saving the U.S. from Ebola

The 43.3 million uninsured Americans are the country’s greatest vulnerability when it comes to stopping the world’s scariest virus.

Laurie Garrett |

COLUMN

Hollow Words and an Exponential Horror

Obama called the world to action against Ebola, but most countries are only paying lip service to the coming catastrophe.

Laurie Garrett |

Dispatch

Stay of Expulsion

The government may not be kicking international aid workers out of South Sudan after all, but rising tensions between the two are getting worse -- and hurting the people who desperately need their help.

Andrew Green |

Dispatch

Hanging by a Thread

The U.N.'s new mission to the war-torn Central African Republic needs more money, manpower, and training. How can it possibly succeed?

Benedict Moran |

Argument

The Peace Bridge to Nowhere

Changing how peacebuilding organizations measure success could save aid projects that are stuck trying to meet rigid, dated, and increasingly arbitrary goals in conflict zones.

Andrew Blum |

Dispatch

Is Ebola the Beginning of the End of the World?

As deaths rise in Monrovia and the sick cluster in gutters outside overcrowded treatment centers, many people are turning to God for answers -- and salvation.

Clair MacDougall |

Dispatch

'We Were Being Killed for Something We Didn’t Even Know'

Two years after South Africa's Marikana miners' strike and massacre, neither Lungisile Madwantsi -- nor his country -- has healed.

Jack Shenker |

Argument

Mozambique's Moment

With a growing economy and a freshly-signed peace agreement, Mozambique's future looks bright. But it needs to act now to avoid the perils of the resource curse.

Robert Looney |

COLUMN

Can the U.S. Army Degrade and Destroy Ebola?

Obama is sending 3,000 troops to West Africa to stop the deadly outbreak. But 250,000 people could already be infected by Christmas.

Laurie Garrett |

Argument

The Ultimate Ebola-Fighting Force

To defeat the next outbreak, the WHO requires a rapid-response health corps that it can deploy to stop the disease in its tracks.

Jack C. Chow |

Dispatch

Brain Food in the Land of Khat-Chewers

Can a book festival mend wounds created by war and perhaps even counter religious extremism in an isolated corner of the Horn of Africa?

Michela Wrong |

Argument

Does South Africa Have a Fascism Problem?

An ascendant populist movement is shining a light on government corruption. In response, the ruling ANC is resorting to slurs to remind voters that it is the party of the people.

Martin Plaut |

Argument

We Could Have Stopped This

Public health officials knew Ebola was coming. They know how to defeat it. But they’re blowing it anyway.

Laurie Garrett |

COLUMN

How to Get Away With Almost Anything

How evildoers benefit from the world's ADD.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

If You Live in Illinois, Do Not Panic About Ebola

Enforcing travel bans, canceling safaris, and subjecting U.S. college students to health checks all show how ridiculous the global response to the outbreak has become.

Kim Yi Dionne |

In Box

Is Polygyny a Slave to History?

How the slave trade patterns of centuries ago are still shaping African marriages today.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

In Box

Epiphanies From Teju Cole

The Nigerian-American novelist discusses the pitfalls of hashtag activism, the destructiveness of U.S. foreign policy, and that time he dreamed about meeting Obama at a Brooklyn house party.

Seyward Darby |

COLUMN

Running Toward the Danger

Sotloff, Foley, and the doctors fighting Ebola are part of a vital breed of first responders demanded by a new global reality.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Back to the Trenches

After years of pursuing peace and stability, Kenya's political factions are returning to bare-knuckle politics.

Ken Opalo |

Dispatch

No Place to Heal

South Sudan's hospitals have become targets for both sides in the brutal, ongoing civil war. How can you save lives when doctors and patients are living under the gun?

Ty McCormick |

Feature

Princesses Without Borders

The long, weird, tangled history of starting your own country.

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian |

COLUMN

The Political Magic of Roads

Is real democracy possible without highways?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Step Away, Do Nothing, Pat Self on Back

It looks like the Obama administration has found its grand strategy after all.

Kori Schake |

Dispatch

How Not to End a Plague

From thuggish quarantines to botched burials, is the Liberian government’s handling of the Ebola crisis making it worse?

Clair MacDougall |

Report

Forgotten Missions

Out of the headlines but not out of action, the U.S. military is still engaged in long-forgotten interventions.

Kate Brannen |