Opinion

Cash is still king in Africa. That won’t change without a human touch

Mobile money has revolutionized payments in Africa, but people still trust cash more....

Mali is a hotspot for extremism in Africa. Here’s how to fight it

Mali has played host to a raft of extremist groups in recent years but people’s reasons for joining are often the same....

Can Trump and his generals, Mattis, Kelly and Mcmaster, avoid another Black Hawk Down?

Trump’s hands-off approach comes amid a surge in special operations activity demanded by his generals....

Why this footprint is challenging established theories of human evolution

The footprint is hugely controversial, but researchers say it must be considered in the debate of how and where our species emerged....

Saudia Arabia's plans to expel half a million Ethiopians could have devastating consequences

Saudi Arabia has announced plans to expel migrants working or living illegally in the kingdom....

Dick Gregory, an original until the end

Former Detroit City Councilmmember JoAnn Watson offers a tribute to comedian and civil rights figure Dick Gregory, who died last weekend....

Why oil is crucial to the success of Angola’s next president

The biggest oil producer in Africa needs change in order to reach its potential and transform its economy....

Safety, not politics

NC environmental dangers deserve scrutiny, not gamesmanship...

Nigeria is addicted to oil—here's how it can, and must, change

The West African state is overly reliant on oil. Natural gas reserves and a youthful population may help it diversify....

Our Views: Case against the Cains perfect example of informal arrangement of power in La. corrections system

Why have a state credit card with your name on it? You can, if you are in the Cain family business, just tell employees of the Corrections Department to charge...

I am an American: Stacy Ahua pitching in as needed in Mississippi

First-generation American Stacy Ahua defines who she is in three words. Honor. Opportunity. Work....

White supremacists are losers, but dangerous losers

Judging from their mug shots, white nationalism seems to hold a special appeal for disheveled alcoholics, repressed jackboot fetishists, and guys who might keep their mothers...

Lessons from Liberia and Venezuela: Leadership matters

A nation with nothing has promising prospects. Another endowed with affluence is on the road to ruin. It’s not just about who governs, but how....

Farming school will help African communities

African agriculture is dominated by smallholder farmers who produce about 80 percent of the food fellow Africans eat...

Herdsman militancy is a growing threat to West Africa’s security

The military capability of the militant herdsmen has become increasingly sophisticated....

Why the U.S. must not abandon Somalia at its turning point

Somalia is fighting factions of both Al-Qaeda and ISIS. It needs American assistance....

Qatar must end its support of the worst of the worst in Libya

Qatar's support of the most radical of militants in Libya is perpetuating the country's crisis....

The GOP’s Southern Gothic page-turner

Southern Gothic is a literary genre and, occasionally, a political style that, like the genre, blends strangeness and irony. Consider the Republican race to replace Sen. Jeff...

Kenya is voting in six elections on Tuesday, but only one really matters

Two old rivals lock horns in the presidential election in Kenya. But can they keep their supporters in line?...

Self-help vigilante groups are reshaping security against Boko Haram

If vigilantes are going to continue the fight against radical Islamists, they must operate within the law....

James Gill: Will minimum wage hike kill jobs or save our working poor? Louisiana may never know

Any Democratic governor with a Republican Legislature will flog plenty of dead horses, and John Bel Edwards seems to have accepted his fate....

Pro-life? Trump’s aid bill is endangering women’s lives—and could lead to more abortions

A foreign assistance bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee would likely increase unsafe terminations and maternal deaths....

These World War II vets are more than due compensation for their suffering

Subjected to mustard gas and sworn to secrecy, these soldiers became guinea pigs -- and suffered for it throughout their lives....

EDITORIAL: Incentives and the environment

Regulatory overreach has a way of antagonizing those put in the straitjacket....

Privatization a solution to nations with failing schools

Imagine an elementary school where students show up, but teachers don’t. Where 100 students squeeze into a classroom but don’t get any books. Where teachers are sometimes...

Why is Tillerson shuttering the State Department’s global justice bureau?

It’s not too late to save the body that monitors international justice, war crimes and civil rights abuses....

Game of Trump speeds toward unhappy ending

So far in life, Donald Trump has survived and thrived on the same philosophy espoused by Littlefinger in “Game of Thrones”: “Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder.” But is the...

Post editorial: The worst crisis you’ve never heard of

More than 20 million people in four countries are at risk of starvation in the coming months, in what the United Nations has called the worst humanitarian crisis since World War...

With ISIS on the brink of defeat, is Trump planning a surge in Libya?

Defense Secretary Mattis and his Italian counterpart recently discussed how to best intervene in Libya....

My Turn: ‘Global Gag Rule’ is inhumane and ineffective

The United Nations Population Fund is the single largest international provider of contraception, family planning, and other reproductive health services, helping women safely...