Africa’s Lost Kingdoms
There is a broad strain in Western thought that has long treated Africa as existing outside of history and progress; it ranges from some of our most famous thinkers to the entertainment that generations of children have grown up with. There are Disney cartoons that depict barely clothed African cannibals merrily stewing their victims in giant pots suspended above pit fires.
Notes from Underground
In a speech he gave after his release from prison in 1990, Nelson Mandela described the triumph of the South African anti-apartheid struggle he had done so much to lead. “We won peace standing on our feet, not kneeling on our knees,” he proclaimed with evident pride.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
How one Hong Kong high-rise became the centre of the global cellphone trade The Caravan
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
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
Kagame’s Hidden War in the Congo
The New York Review of Books