Djibouti risks dependence on Chinese largesse

DJIBOUTI was the last of Europe’s African colonies. France clung to this sliver of Red Sea coast until 1977; even today it occasionally resembles...

Why Morocco is cosying up to sub-Saharan Africa

KING MOHAMMED VI of Morocco has had a quiet year. The monarch, who has visited at least 14 African countries since October 2016, scaled...

The UAE is scrambling to control ports in Africa

IT SEEMED an irrational decision 20 years ago. DP World is one of the world’s largest maritime firms. From a squat office overlooking Dubai’s...

Mauritania ignores slavery, but jails those who protest against it

Almost born a slave A FEW miles from the green grass of Mauritania’s presidential palace, in a slum where the Sahara washes into the capital,...

Turkey struggles to keep the peace in Afrin

THE scene in the centre of Afrin, a Kurdish city in north-western Syria, hardly inspires confidence in the future. A destroyed statue of a...

Nigeria has a high fertility rate. Why are infertility clinics booming?

IN A rough-and-ready church in Ifo, on the northern fringe of Lagos, Prophet Emmanuel Akanni and Prophetess Foluke Akanni do extraordinary things. During moments...

The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa

THEIR hair tightly braided, two young girls sleep head-to-toe in matching pink dresses with gold trim—a sight to gladden the heart were it not...

Why a mayor in Lebanon has dressed policewomen in hot pants

Officers but no gentlemen THE mayor of Broumana, Pierre Achkar, has a problem. Rich tourists from the Gulf, who spend big and stay long, no...

Saudi women want more sway in religious affairs

TO KEEP women quiet, Saudi Arabia’s clerical hierarchy once damned their voices as awra, an Arabic word for genitalia. The late Sheikh Abdelaziz Bin...

Egypt is optimistic about new gas discoveries in the Mediterranean

FIVE years ago the country that hopes to become a Mediterranean energy hub couldn’t even keep the lights on. When Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi took power...
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