Editor's note

The world famous Serengeti-Mara plain – with its abundant wildlife and great wildebeest migration – is under threat. Farming, fences and growing human settlements are causing extreme changes to the habitat. Joseph Ogutu warns that more needs to be done to save the future of the region’s wildlife populations.  

This weekend will mark 25 years since the Rwandan genocide. In just a few horrifying weeks more than 800 000 people were killed, most of them members of the Tutsi ethnic minority. The debate over whether radio and other media directly incited violence, or if they were a secondary driver, may never be settled, writes Amanda Grzyb.

Moina Spooner

Commissioning Editor: East Africa

Top Stories

People are taking a huge toll on the plains of the Serengeti-Mara

Joseph Ogutu, University of Hohenheim

Intense and extensive changes mean that the Serengeti-Mara area's wildlife has an unsure future.

Debate continues about the media’s role in driving Rwanda’s genocide

Amanda Grzyb, Western University

Although many years have passed, the Rwandan genocide still has much to teach us about the centrality of media in cases of state violence.

Politics + Society

Why cabinet, rather than parliament, is the centre of power for African women

Melinda Adams, James Madison University ; John Scherpereel, James Madison University

In many African states power is concentrated in the executive branch. That's why women's representation in cabinet matters.

South Africa has a plan to fight prejudice. But it’s full of holes

Loren B Landau, University of the Witwatersrand

The action plan offers no information about budgets, oversight, clear standards for measuring progress or accountability mechanisms.

From our international editions

Erdogan tried to make local Turkish elections about national security, but it didn’t work

Ihsan Yilmaz, Deakin University; Erdoan Shipoli, Georgetown University

Local elections in Turkey over the weekend saw a some key cities and towns slip away from the party of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's ruling party.

India destroys its own satellite with a test missile, still says space is for peace

Bin Li, University of Newcastle

On 27 March, India announced it had successfully conducted an anti-satellite missile test, Mission Shakti. India is now the fourth country in the world displaying this capability.

Microbes that live in fishes’ slimy mucus coating could lead chemists to new antibiotic drugs

Sandra Loesgen, Oregon State University

As antibiotic resistance increases globally, the heat is on to find new alternatives to treat infections. Chemists can get a head start by looking at compounds produced in nature by fishes' microbes.

Atheism has been part of many Asian traditions for millennia

Signe Cohen, University of Missouri-Columbia

It might appear to many that atheism is a modern idea. However, in parts of Asia, particularly in India, atheism has been part of beliefs for thousands of years.

En français

Centrafrique : quand l’objectif est la négociation et non la paix

Thierry Vircoulon, Sciences Po – USPC

Les accords de paix en Centrafrique signés jusqu’à présent sont des échecs calculés dans le cadre d’un jeu d’acteurs sur une scène de conflit bloqué.

Rumeur sur les Roms : quand la fragmentation sociale et culturelle produit du non-sens

Michel Wieviorka, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (FMSH) – USPC

Le contexte qui autorise les rumeurs et le passage à l’acte est celui, avant tout, d’une fragmentation sociale et culturelle de notre pays, sur fond de crise du système politique.


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