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March 20, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
South African President Jacob Zuma’s “Let Them Eat Cake” Moment?

There is an apocryphal story that in France, King Louis XVI’s queen Marie Antoinette was once told, “Madame, the people have no bread.” To which she replied, "then let them eat cake." The reality beh…

A general view of the Nkandla home (behind the huts) of South Africa's President Jacob Zuma in Nkandla August 2, 2012.

March 24, 2011


An Egyptian man prepares kunafa, a traditional Middle Eastern dessert in Cairo (Nasser Nuri/Courtesy Reuters) Hi folks, Thought you might be interested in these great new articles and blog post…


June 20, 2012

The Pharaoh’s Legacy

This article was originally published here on ForeignPolicy.com on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Hosni Mubarak is dead, or very close to it. The Egyptian state news agency MENA reported that the former pr…

pharaoh CROPPED

March 21, 2006

A Conversation with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Fondly called the “Iron Lady” by her supporters, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has, throughout her 30-year career as a stateswoman, political prisoner, and Liberian national demonstrated her iron will and de…