In May 1958 General de Gaulle returned to power and established the Fifth Republic. Yet despite the monumental changes of that time, many in France today still don’t understand what really happened.
Thinking with Karl Marx on his 200th birthday means recognising the importance of thought.
Public disaffection in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries betrays deep-seated tensions beneath the surface.
Africa has recorded a tremendous growth in its output of academic engineering research over the past 20 years. Greater collaboration can increase this growth even more.
Nigeria must reduce its population growth to increase the quality of life for people in the country. A better knowledge of contraceptives can help achieve this.
Should French children be taught about the 'positive aspects' of colonialism? What the presidential candidates say.
Morocco has been on a massive diplomatic drive, using both its political and economic muscle. Since his coronation in 1999, the king has led over 40 visits to African countries south of the Sahara.
The presidential candidate stoked anger on the right by calling French colonialism a 'crime against humanity'.
Portugal used radio propaganda in its colonies in the 1960s against local liberation movements. Decades later there are still lessons to be learned for occupying armies from their failed strategies.
The veil has long been a form of resistance.
National electoral commissions are crucial in shaping public perceptions of how well democracy is working. Poor electoral management can enable fraud and produce political alienation.
Muslim women are often criticised for their lack of political involvement, but Algerian women have embraced both anti-colonial and feminist movements.
The African Union has identified youth as critical for development. But, a new survey reveals a wide gap between these aspirations and the reality of youth public engagement on the continent.
Vast reserves of crucial helium have been found in Tanzania. Here's how the scientists did it.
There are a number of stumbling blocks to intra African collaboration. These must be addressed to ensure that research is not duplicated and that findings are shared.
France's colonial legacy remains an uncomfortable subject.
The "deep state" has been a problem in Algeria for decades, but at last it's being turfed out. Or is it?
The world is generally not safe for women. But some projects in North Africa provide a glimpse of hope as the world marks the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Terrorists have attacked leaders and civilians in France many times before, and for a dizzying array of reasons.
Why is Africa so saddled with ageing presidents who ought to be enjoying their retirement in peace when the continent desperately needs young, agile and innovative leaders equal to its challenges?