Africa
04 September 2008
I recently received a message from a radio reporter researching a piece on Patrice Lumumba, the first elected prime...
Africa
31 July 2008
A pretty, earnest young woman came up to me at the end of an African talk I recently chaired at the Royal Festival Hall...
International Politics
03 July 2008
As the UN, EU, US and Britain all piled in to cajole or browbeat the African Union into Doing the Right Thing over...
International Politics
19 June 2008
When Eritrean and Djiboutian troops clashed in the Horn of Africa this month, leaving 12 Djiboutians dead and more than...
International Politics
29 May 2008
I used to live not far from one of Africa's nastiest slums, or "informal settlements", as we are told to call them. A...
Politics
17 April 2008
It is rare for African societies to show much interest in their neighbours' affairs. Language differences and cultural...
International Politics
06 March 2008
By the time this goes to press, many of the weaknesses of the power-sharing deal signed on 28 February by Kenya's...
Africa
14 February 2008
Imagine trying to cover Northern Ireland's troubles without using the words "Protestant" or "Catholic". Or reporting...
International Politics
17 January 2008
As Kenya's crisis entered its third week, the country's foreign donors were agonising over their future dealings with...
International Politics
10 January 2008
Samuel jabs his finger at the television screen, which is broadcasting images of opposition supporters lobbing tear-gas...
Politics
03 January 2008
"If Kibaki is named president, Kenya will never be the same again," said the businessman at the wheel of the SUV....
International Politics
22 November 2007
Luxury hotels have been springing up like mushrooms since Uganda's capital was picked to host the Commonwealth Heads of...
International Politics
25 October 2007
A grim deadline expires in a few weeks' time. It will pass unnoticed by the British public, but that doesn't make it...
International Politics
27 September 2007
A friend recently returned from a visit to Panzi Hospital in South Kivu, eastern Congo, in a state of agitation. Panzi...
International Politics
06 September 2007
"Hummer is here," the billboards looming over Nairobi's dusty streets ominously announce. "Maybe you felt the tremors...

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