Africa

Arts, Culture & Media

How a shortwave radio network is helping to counter Boko Haram

Boko Haram hasn't given up, but it's on the ropes after a push by the Nigerian military last year, and vigilance by regional peacekeepers. Also countering their influence is a regional shortwave radio network, Dandal Kura Radio International, started just over a year ago, as the world's first network to broadcast in Kanuri — the language spoken by 10 million people in the region, and by most members of Boko Haram. Anyone with a cellphone can call in and share information and ideas. This plus news, current affairs, radio dramas and other programming has started to help counter Boko Haram's power to attract, and is helping a bruised and fractured region move toward a less fraught future.

Conflict & Justice

How gun violence in the US casts other nations in stark relief

It can be useful to view the tragic violence in San Bernardino through the lens of other countries. Mexico has just one legal gun shop and strict gun laws. But the country is awash in guns and assault rifles, like those used in the San Bernardino shootings. And South Africa sees more than its fair share of gun violence with rampant crime in cities like Cape Town, but mass shootings are foreign.