South Sudan’s Men Try to Break Menstruation Cultural Taboos

In South Sudan, a group of men and boys is trying to break cultural taboos on a topic that often drives young girls out of school: menstruation. Men4Women is distributing menstrual pads to girls while also encouraging boys and men

Doubts Come a Day After Uganda, Rwanda Sign Pact

A day after the presidents of Uganda and Rwanda signed an agreement to lower tensions that led to a six-month border closure, political and economic analysts are casting doubt on what will follow. Observers say underlying trade issues have not

New Standoff Expected With Italy Over Vessel With Hundreds of Migrants

In what risks becoming the latest migrant standoff with Italy, the Norwegian-flagged Ocean Viking, carrying 356 migrants, including more than 100 minors, mainly from Sudan, has been stranded at sea awaiting port access for nearly two weeks. After 13 da...

South Africa Court: Apartheid-Era Flag Is Hate Speech

South Africa's Equality Court this week ruled it illegal to gratuitously display the apartheid-era flag, in a move that supporters say may soothe South Africa's continuing racial divides 25 years after the end of apartheid.For 66 years, through the ent...

Are DRC, Mozambique Insurgencies a Real IS Threat?

Experts are warning that a focus on alleged Islamist militant ties is hindering efforts to respond to insurgencies in Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Local insurgent groups have claimed ties to Islamic State to increase their clout,...

How outbreaks like Ebola extract huge social and economic costs

Epidemics, or infectious disease outbreaks, are invariably disruptive and tend to have far-reaching effects on individuals and communities. Humanity has endured a myriad of epidemics, some of which have wiped out entire communities.The impact of an epi...