A Glimpse of the World

Reportage and Essay

 Ben Heller Collection, New York/Werner Forman Archive/Bridgeman Images

Ben Heller Collection, New York/Werner Forman Archive/Bridgeman Images

 

A History of Denial

Book review of Empires in the Sun: The Struggle for the Mastery of Africa by Lawrence James; Pegasus, 391 pp., $28.95

 Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post

Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post

 

Trump's profane description disregards Africa's crucial role in making America a world power

President Trump’s comments disparaging immigrants from Haiti and the African continent have stunned many in the United States and other parts of the world.

 Ann Heisenfelt/Associated Press

Ann Heisenfelt/Associated Press

 

The Legacy of Simeon Booker, a Pioneer of Civil Rights Journalism

The African-American journalist Simeon S. Booker Jr., who died this week at the age of 99, sensed an important story when Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old from Chicago, was lynched and mutilated during a summer visit to Mississippi in 1955 for supposedly flirting with a white woman. The New York Times

 Doug Chayka

Doug Chayka

China’s Twilight Years

The country’s population is aging and shrinking. That means big consequences for its economy—and America’s global standing. The Atlantic

 
 Matt Chase

Matt Chase

China’s Quest to End Its Century of Shame

SHANGHAI — At an ocean research center on Hainan Island off China’s southern coast, officials routinely usher visitors into a darkened screening room to watch a lavishly produced People’s Liberation Army video about China’s ambitions to reassert itself as a great maritime power. The New York Times

 
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Is it too late to save Hong Kong from Beijing’s authoritarian grasp?

When Britain handed over control to China in 1997, Hong Kong was a beacon of freewheeling prosperity – but in recent years Beijing’s grip has tightened. Is there any hope for the city’s radical pro-democracy movement? The Guardian Longreads

 
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The enduring whiteness of the American media

What three decades in journalism has taught me about the persistence of racism in the US. The Guardian Longreads

 
 Brian Stauffer

Brian Stauffer

China’s Dangerous Game

The country's intensifying efforts to redraw maritime borders have its neighbors, and the U.S., fearing war. But does the aggression reflect a government growing in power—or one facing a crisis of legitimacy? The Atlantic

 
 Howard W French

Howard W French

How Africa's New Urban Centers Are Shifting Its Old Colonial Boundaries

The continent's booming new economic zones are outstripping the ability of weak central governments to retain their hold on them. The Atlantic

 
 Howard W French

Howard W French

Upwardly Mobile

How one Hong Kong high-rise became the centre of the global cellphone trade The Caravan

 
 Howard W French

Howard W French

E. O. Wilson’s Theory of Everything

At 82, the famed biologist E. O. Wilson arrived in Mozambique last summer with a modest agenda—save a ravaged park; identify its many undiscovered species; create a virtual textbook that will revolutionize the teaching of biology. Wilson’s newest theory is more ambitious still. It could transform our understanding of human nature—and provide hope for our stewardship of the planet. The Atlantic

 
 Tiksa Negeri / Reuters

Tiksa Negeri / Reuters

The Next Empire

All across Africa, new tracks are being laid, highways built, ports deepened, commercial contracts signed—all on an unprecedented scale, and led by China, whose appetite for commodities seems insatiable. Do China’s grand designs promise the transformation, at last, of a star-crossed continent? Or merely its exploitation? The Atlantic

 
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Kagame’s Hidden War in the Congo

The New York Review of Books