Cecil Rhodes was racist but his life needs to be historically contextualised, not simply attacked

‘Even in Tel Aviv, they know that the words “no comment” are not in my vocabulary’

The assistance Nelson Mandela’s party received from the Soviet Union still influences the ideology of South Africa’s government

Mali’s literary heritage is at risk of destruction by Islamists bent on eradicating all art that doesn’t fit their oppressive worldview

Britain’s clumsy diplomacy has damaged relations with Kenya

‘The Sahel states are facing starvation, as well as the obliteration of the delicate religious eco-system that enabled Sufism to survive’

Dambisa Moyo’s Winner Take All is a worthwhile attempt to focus attention on China’s increasing influence in Africa but the author fails to adequately tackle the subject

From Havana to Kigali, cricket’s good-news stories can be found in the least likely places

‘Explaining why he prefers imported Chinese labour, the head of Zambia’s largest construction company said: “Here they are like the British. They have tea breaks and a lot of days off”’

Under Gaddafi, Libya was plagued by xenophobic attacks. But now its citizens are reveling in their new-found racial freedom