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February 1, 2019

South Africa
Zondo Commission Witness Details State Capture in South Africa

In January 2018, Ramaphosa appointed a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into “state capture,” the label commonly used in South Africa for government corruption. The testimony to the Zondo Commission of Angelo Agrizzi details the extravagant bribes paid by companies to the highest level of the governing African National Congress (ANC), mostly in return for highly lucrative contracts.

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December 8, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Global Witness Leaves Kimberley Process

An illegal diamond dealer from Zimbabwe displays diamonds for sale in Manica, near the border with Zimbabwe, September 19, 2010. (Goran Tomasevic/Courtesy Reuters) Yesterday, Global Witness announce…

Global Witness Leaves Kimberley Process

September 12, 2022

United States
Heading Off a Future Constitutional Calamity

The Electoral Count Reform Act offers the opportunity to address a potentially existential national security threat with a relatively small number of keystrokes revising the U.S. Code—but time is sho…

Manchin and Collins

September 7, 2022

Kenya
What Next for Kenya?

Now affirmed by the Supreme Court, the Ruto administration will have campaign promises put to the test.

A group of supporters of Kenya's President-elect William Ruto hold yellow campaign signs as they celebrate his win being upheld by the Supreme Court.

March 29, 2012

United States
The Power of Witness: Imagery and Mass Atrocities

* coauthored with my research associate, Emma Welch Warning: This blog post contains graphic images. Last week, I was fortunate to attend a workshop at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, “Power of…

Memorial Srebrenica

August 23, 2022

Immigration and Migration
Is Western Policy on Migration Holding Africa Back?

More than a generous immigration policy, Africa desperately needs help holding on to its precious human capital.

People walk past medical workers as they sit outside a hospital during a strike.

August 4, 2022

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: August 4, 2022

Pelosi visits Taiwan; Facebook allows spread of misinformation in Kenya; Probe into police use of Pegasus ends; Hackers steal $190 million in cryptocurrency; U.S. and Ukraine announces greater cybers…

Nancy Pelosi stands in front of a U.S. House of Representatives flag with her hand raised to the level of her chest.

August 8, 2022

Nigeria
A Religious Dilemma

Nigerian Christians must decide whether to cut or thrust

A man holds a palm cross in his hands during a Catholic church service.

August 8, 2022

Cybersecurity
Justice Department’s Russia Indictment Reminds to Look Beyond Online Influence

Russian interference in U.S. elections through cyberspace has been a major source of concern for U.S. officials, but they should also ensure the United States is prepared for non-digital influence op…

Maria Butina leans on the shoulder of her father, Valery Butin.

June 29, 2022

Immigration and Migration
Uproar Over Britain’s Rwanda Asylum Plan Overlooks Nagging Issues in Illegal Migration

Support for immigration in the West must be balanced with concern about governance in African countries. 

Britain's Home Secretary, Priti Patel, gestures with a confused look to government officials.