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A health worker outside the isolation ward at Bikoro Hospital, where suspected Ebola patients are diagnosed and treated. MARK NAFTALIN/UNICEF HANDOUT

Ebola in the DRC: what we can learn from Fukushima

Ebola has spread to a large city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Perhaps the expert handling of the Fukushima nuclear leak could provide a template for what to do next.
Anthropologist Georges Balandier in October 2003 in the gardens of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). Eric Feferberg/AFP

Colonialism, power and culture: why reading French anthropologist Georges Balandier is crucial today

As early as 1953, Balandier demonstrated how the struggle against colonialism was associated with an inverted vision of the world.
Citizens protest on the streets of Kinshasa in the DRC. Robert Carrubba/EPA-EFE

The DRC is still in crisis but there is a way out

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been in turmoil since President Kabila refused to relinquish power at the end of his term. But there is hope of ending the stalemate.
A nurse nun visits the graves of victims of a 1976 Ebola outbreak. Wikimedia Commons

Africa’s missing Ebola outbreaks – podcast

The audio version of a long read on the historical mistakes and cover ups that hampered the response to the devastating Ebola outbreak of 2014.
Zimbabwe opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai addressing a crowd outside parliament in Harare last year. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Zimbabwe’s Morgan Tsvangirai: heroic herald of an epoch foretold

But for ZANU-PF's coercion, Tsvangirai could well have ushered in a democratic era in Zimbabwe as the country's second president.
Congolese soldiers arrest anti-government protester in North Kivu province. Kenny Katombe/Reuters

2017: the year the Democratic Republic of Congo would like to forget

President Joseph Kabila was supposed to step down at the end of his term in 2016. By clinging on to power he threw the Democratic Republic of Congo into a vicious cycle of deadly conflict.
The Monkeypox virus was isolated most recently in 2012 from a dead infant mangabey (species of monkey) in Ivory Coast. Shutterstock

Monkeypox has resurfaced in Nigeria. What you need to know

A disease suspected to be monkeypox is on the rampage in Nigeria. In less than one month, it has spread to seven of the country's 36 states and infected 31 people.
The influence of countries in francophone Africa, like Ivory Coast, have shifted how universities think about the French language. Reuters/Luc Gnago

The way French is taught in South Africa offers lessons in decolonisation

French is no longer taught as a European language representative of "French" culture in South Africa. New modes of teaching, learning and research speak to an inclusive Africanist agenda.
A controversial article in a respected academic journal recently made the argument for colonialism. Here, a man is carried by Congolese men in a photo from the early 20th centiry.

Colonialism was a disaster and the facts prove it

An academic article that asserted the benefits of colonialism caused an outcry and resulted in calls for its removal. A post-colonial expert explains why.

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