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FP Staff |

COLUMN

It's Time to Start Giving a Shit About Toilets

Don't snicker: Open defecation is one of the world's most stubborn problems. And the inability to adopt even Victorian-era sanitation is keeping India from being a superpower.

Lauren Bohn |

Report

The Pentagon's Budget Dilemma

The Defense Department's response time to the Ebola crisis and ISIS fight -- and the money to pay for such operations -- is being severely limited by the lengthy legislative process and the brewing budget war in Congress.

Kate Brannen |

Argument

What Next for the Lwili Revolution?

What the history of successful nonviolent movements teaches us about the political transition in Burkina Faso.

Jonathan Pinckney |

COLUMN

Ebola Was Here

Ebola cases are dropping so rapidly that Liberians are talking about the disease in the past tense. They shouldn’t be.

Laurie Garrett |

COLUMN

#BringBackOurJournalists

The sloppy, pop-humanitarian coverage of the Boko Haram cease-fire-that-wasn't isn't just bad journalism -- it's a missed opportunity.

Lauren Wolfe |

Dispatch

The Pulpit Takes On a Plague

While some Liberian religious leaders are harnessing fears over the Ebola outbreak to further an anti-gay agenda, other churches are preaching peace, calm, and a chlorine rinse.

Laurie Garrett |

Dispatch

Journey to the Center of an Epidemic

From New York to Brussels to Dakar to Monrovia: Day One of the trip to see Ebola-ravaged Liberia, up close and personal.

Laurie Garrett |

Argument

Burkina Faso's Silver Lining

The maneuvers that triggered the military coup may actually have been good for democracy in Africa.

Ken Opalo |

Dispatch

'Obama Is to America What Scott Is to Zambia'

Why does the first white head of state in an African democracy come as such a surprise?

Alexander Mutale |

Slide Show

Burkina Faso Burning

Protests in the capital, Ouagadougou, are spinning out of control.

FP Staff |

Argument

West Africa's Financial Immune Deficiency

Health systems in Africa are ill-equipped to deal with Ebola. And that's partly the fault of IMF policies.

Rick Rowden |

Argument

Don't Blame CNN for the Ebola Panic

If you crunch the data, the mainstream media has actually been pretty levelheaded.

Kalev Leetaru |

Argument

Chasing Away the Democracy Blues

Why democracy is worth fighting for -- now more than ever.

Larry Diamond |

COLUMN

How to Shut Down a Country and Kill a Disease

China’s response to SARS a decade ago was effective but brutal. Is there a better way to stop the spread of Ebola?

Laurie Garrett |

Report

Exclusive: Ban Cancels Visit to Ebola-Ravaged West Africa

The U.N. secretary-general's surprise trip has been -- surprise! -- shelved to avoid "disruption."

Colum Lynch |

Report

East Africa May Lose Before It Even Enters Energy Game

East African countries see oil and gas as a road to economic salvation. But are they too late to catch the boom?

Keith Johnson |

COLUMN

Yahtzee Meets the Hot Zone

The nightmarish Ebola board game that's starting to look all too real.

Michael Peck |

COLUMN

How to Destroy the International Criminal Court From Within

Kenya's president is charged with inciting ethnic violence that killed thousands. He's about to talk his way out of it like it's a parking ticket.

David Bosco |

Dispatch

Tackling Ebola, One Broadcast at a Time

Health workers aren’t the only ones fighting Ebola -- so are radio journalists, hip-hop singers, and imams.

Peter Tinti |

Argument

The Closeted Continent

38 out of 55 African nations have laws punishing sodomy. And things may get worse before they get better.

Suzanne Nossel |

COLUMN

How to Keep Ebola Out of Your Neighborhood

There’s a way to prevent the virus from spreading, but the answer isn’t travel bans.

Laurie Garrett |

Dispatch

The Toxic Politics of Ebola

In Guinea, the epidemic isn’t just killing people. It’s threatening to tear the country apart.

Peter Tinti |

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 |