WorldViews: Africa


Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 04/28/2014

Erykah Badu may regret singing for Swaziland’s king and his many wives

The absolute monarch is known for his luxurious lifestyle and 15 wives.

By Adam Taylor  |  04:48 PM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, Erykah Badu, Swaziland

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 04/15/2014

Meet the first man to come out as gay on Nigerian television

“It’s like a fairy tale, a badly written Disney fairy tale, this Nigeria rising thing.“

By Adam Taylor  |  03:02 PM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, Gay Rights, LGBT, Nigeria

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 03/01/2014

The Oscar Pistorius trial: Africa’s O.J. Simpson?

How accurate is the widely accepted analogy?

By Adam Taylor  |  05:36 PM ET, 03/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Oscar Pistorius, South Africa

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 02/21/2014

On Robert Mugabe’s 90th birthday, here are his 9 most memorable quotes

Zimbabwe’s president is known for his sharp tongue.

By Adam Taylor  |  04:22 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, Robert Mugabe, Robert Mugabe Birthday, Robert Mugabe Quotes, Zimbabwe

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 02/14/2014

The powerful stories behind the six best news photos of 2013

World Press Photo announced their winners for photos of the year. Here’s what they say.

By Max Fisher  |  12:37 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bulgaria, Burma, Djibouti, India, Philippines, South Africa

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 02/06/2014

People also thought South Africa wouldn’t be ready for the World Cup

Worries that South Africa couldn’t finish hotels in time turned out to be wrong. Is Sochi different?

By Max Fisher  |  02:55 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, South Africa

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 12/12/2013

China crafts a pro-Beijing image for Nelson Mandela

State media is attempting to shape a friendly legacy for the South African leader.

By Simon Denyer  |  09:57 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, South Africa

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Stephen Colbert explains why it’s weird when Americans call Mandela ‘Madiba’

“Those of us in his inner circle, of course, called him Nutella.“

By Max Fisher  |  11:40 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Africa

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 12/10/2013

‘The last great liberator’: Why Mandela made and stayed friends with dictators

The South African leader remained a friend of fellow liberation leaders, even ones who’d been anything but.

By Max Fisher  |  01:39 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Africa

Posted at 02:00 AM ET, 12/10/2013

A glimpse of South Africa’s racial progress

In my year and half there, South Africa looked to me like a constant miracle.

By Karin Brulliard  |  02:00 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jacob Zuma, Nelson Mandela, South Africa

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 12/09/2013

A South African’s guide to when it’s okay to call Nelson Mandela ‘Madiba’

When is it a show of respect and when is it appropriation?

By Max Fisher  |  12:39 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Africa

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 12/06/2013

9 questions about Nelson Mandela you were too embarrassed to ask

Who was he? How did he end apartheid? Why does it matter?

By Max Fisher  |  02:48 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Africa

Posted at 06:36 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Read the most important speech Nelson Mandela ever gave

“If needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.“

By Max Fisher  |  06:36 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Africa

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Watch this delightful video of an 81-year-old Nelson Mandela dancing on stage

The South African leader’s habit for breaking out in dance showed off his humility and unselfconsciousness.

By Max Fisher  |  05:42 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Africa

Posted at 07:31 AM ET, 10/31/2013

How the world’s populations are changing, in one map

This map shows which countries are growing fastest and which are shrinking

By Max Fisher  |  07:31 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, Maps

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 10/07/2013

The hidden cost of inequality: Migrants who die on the journey from poor to rich countries

The disaster at Lampedusa, which killed hundreds of African migrants, is just part of the problem.

By Max Fisher  |  09:05 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 07/16/2013

The amazing, surprising, Africa-driven demographic future of the Earth, in 9 charts

The world is poised to change dramatically over the next century, and in ways that you might not expect.

By Max Fisher  |  06:32 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, China, India, Nigeria

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 07/01/2013

Obama wants to curb Africa's ivory trade. Here's what he's up against.

Elephants and rhinos are being pushed toward extinction by poachers.

By Max Fisher  |  11:29 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, China, environment, obamainafrica

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 07/01/2013

The sincere fiction of Goree Island, Africa's best-known slave trade memorial

Why the slave memorial Obama visited matters, even if its official history is mostly false.

By Max Fisher  |  08:51 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, obamainafrica, Senegal

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 06/28/2013

This map shows that Obama is really, really popular in Africa

His favorability rating in many African countries nearly doubles his approval at home. Why?

By Max Fisher  |  02:54 PM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, America in Context, obamainafrica, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 06/28/2013

Why South Africa's 'NO-Bama Coalition' is protesting Obama's visit

The U.S. leader is overwhelmingly popular in South Africa, but some see him as perpetuating "apartheid" and "genocide."

By Max Fisher  |  12:43 PM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  obamainafrica, South Africa

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 06/28/2013

What Obama really saw at the 'Door of No Return,' a disputed memorial to the slave trade

Scholars concluded that the site was not really so important for the slave trade.

By Max Fisher  |  11:30 AM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, obamainafrica, Senegal

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 06/27/2013

From colonialism to 'kill the gays': The surprisingly recent roots of homophobia in Africa

An awkward moment today between Obama and the president of Senegal is a reminder of the struggles facing many African gays.

By Max Fisher  |  05:05 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, Malawi, obamainafrica, Uganda

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 06/05/2013

A revealing map of the countries that are most and least tolerant of homosexuality

African and Muslim countries score as the least tolerant, with Western and Latin countries the most accepting.

By Max Fisher  |  07:02 AM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, Gender, Maps, Philippines, Religion

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 03/22/2013

A revealing map of who wants to move to the U.S.

The world's countries, color-coded by the share of the population that would like to migrate to the U.S.

By Max Fisher  |  01:49 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, Latin America, Maps

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Today's Reads: South Africa's future, Obama in Israel

Is the president's trip to the Middle East all about Iran?

By Max Fisher  |  08:41 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Iran, Israel, South Africa, Today's Reads

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 03/05/2013

South Africa, once called 'the world's rape capital,' is running out of rape kits

"The high incidences of rape around the country make the situation untenable," a parliamentary committee said in a statement.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:36 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Africa

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 02/28/2013

South African police dragging video underscores fears of brutality

The viral film shows officers dragging a handcuff man, who later died, behind a police vehicle.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:52 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Africa

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Highlights from the Pistorius affidavit: 'Because I did not have my legs on, I felt vulnerable'

"With the benefit of hindsight I realize that Reeva went to the bathroom when I went to close the balcony door."

By Olga Khazan  |  10:11 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Africa

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Pistorius denies murdering his girlfriend

Pistorius was in court doubled over, head bowed, sobbing and shaking.

By Olga Khazan  |  03:47 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Africa

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Pistorius shooting: South Africa has tight gun controls but a high level of gun violence

South Africa has an average rate of gun ownership but sees an astonishing amount of gun violence.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:13 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Africa

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Fake smiles and big popcorn: African immigrants' impressions of America

What African immigrants find most striking about life in the U.S.

By Olga Khazan  |  03:29 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 01/11/2013

Who loves and hates America: A revealing map of global opinion toward the U.S.

The world, from Europe to Africa to Asia, has a more favorable opinion of the U.S. than you might think.

By Max Fisher  |  11:14 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, America in Context, China, Global trends, Maps, Turkey

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 01/10/2013

Should more Africans be allowed to move abroad?

One journalist argues the West needs more young, African workers

By Olga Khazan  |  02:27 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/08/2013

The history of Cape Town's raucous new year's celebration, which is still going on

The story of Tweede Nuwe Jaar goes back to slavery, colonialism, and even the American civil war.

By Max Fisher  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Africa

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 12/20/2012

What this shocking TV beer ad says about South Africa today

A company called Blink Stefanus produced this spot playing off of Apartheid-era fears and race and sex.

By Max Fisher  |  11:11 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Africa

Posted at 07:43 PM ET, 11/06/2012

Kenya cools on Obama

Kenyans still support the U.S. president, but in fewer numbers than their remarkably 2008 high.

By Sudarsan Raghavan  |  07:43 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, America in Context

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 11/05/2012

Zimbabwe might delay elections because it cant afford them

But authoritarian Robert Mugabe is eager for a vote. Welcome to Zimbabwean politics.

By Max Fisher  |  04:15 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, Zimbabwe

Posted at 10:08 PM ET, 10/22/2012

The importance of Mali

Why Mitt Romney mentioned the land-locked African state -- twice.

By Max Fisher  |  10:08 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 04/13/2012

Guinea-Bissau coup: Prime minister arrested for helping drug trade, military says

The coup in Guinea-Bissau is only the latest sign of how West Africa has been destabilized by drug trafficking, news reports say.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  04:26 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, Mali, drug trafficking

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Mali coup: President ousted, soldiers loot the palace (live updates)

Mali’s president has been ousted in a coup just one month before his term was due to finish.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:49 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Africa, Mali, CNRDR, coups

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Netanyahu warns Iran, Hawaii weather and Holder on assassination: Morning roundup

Netanyahu warns Iran; Hawaii weather; Holder defines assassination.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:05 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Morning news roundup, Israel, Iran, Australia, Philippines, Africa

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Anchor falls on Internet in East Africa, disrupts access in six countries

The accident has disrupted a large part of Internet access in six countries.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:54 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, East Africa, Internet, fiber optic cable

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 01/26/2012

Interracial ad sparks controversy in South Africa

A political ad that shows a white man embracing a black woman is dominating conversation in South Africa.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:48 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Facebook, South Africa, Democratic Alliance

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 01/10/2012

University of Johannesburg stampede: Is African higher education in crisis?

One woman was killed and 20 people were injured in the stampede.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:08 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, South Africa, University of Johannesburg, stampedes, higher education

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Rush Limbaugh defends violent Lord’s Resistance Army; survivor responds

On his radio show Friday, Rush Limbaugh defended the Lord’s Resistance Army. A survivor has a response for the conservative host.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:57 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Rush Limbaugh, Africa, Lord's Resistance Army, Occupy Wall Street

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army: a primer

President Obama has authorized the deployment of about 100 U.S. combat forces to central Africa to assist in the fight against the notoriously savage Lord’s Resistance Army

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:38 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Africa, Sudan, Uganda, Lord's Resistance Army, Joseph Kony

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 09/27/2011

Somalia famine getting worse (graphic)

Seven hundred and fifty thousand Somalis may die of starvation this year.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:17 PM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Somalia, Horn of Africa, famine, drought

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 09/26/2011

Wangari Maathai, first African woman to win Nobel peace prize, dies at 71

The environmental and political activist was the first African woman to win the Nobel peace prize.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:50 AM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Africa, Kenya, Wangari Maathai, environment, women