The ICC’s Africa Problem

Africa Attacks the International Criminal Court by Kenneth Roth. What are we to make of the fact that in its eleven-year history, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has prosecuted only Africans? Should the court be condemned for discrimination—for taking advantage of Africa’s weak global position—as some African leaders contend? Or should it be applauded for […]

Migrant Labour

Far From Home In today’s hyperconnected world, many developing countries find that their most lucrative export is people. The foreign workers and their families must grapple with an inevitable trade-off: emotional loss for material gain. By Cynthia Gorney Photograph by Jonas Bendiksen Noon in the United Arab Emirates is four in the afternoon in the […]

After the Dictator

Hazards of Revolution by Patrick Cockburn. Soon after the Libyan capital fell to the rebels in August 2011 I got to know a 32-year-old man called Ahmed Abdullah al-Ghadamsi. We met when he tried to evict me from my hotel room, which he said was needed for members of the National Transitional Council, in effect […]

Saving History

The Race to Save Mali’s Priceless Artifacts When jihadists overran Timbuktu last year, residents mounted a secret operation to evacuate the town’s irreplaceable medieval manuscripts. By Joshua Hammer The Niger River narrows as it nears Lake Debo, an inland sea formed by the seasonal flooding of central Mali’s Niger Delta. With sandy banks covered in […]