Africa

Imperial College London’s Cancel Campaign Against Its Own Founders

Imperial College London’s Cancel Campaign Against Its Own Founders

Imperial College London was founded in 1907. It is one of the top 20 universities in the world, and among the leading technical universities in Europe. Two individuals were central to its foundation. The first is 19th-century English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley, who became known as “Darwin’s Bulldog” due

Stephen Warren
Stephen Warren
17 min read
Academia
Drones Over Ethiopia

Drones Over Ethiopia

Less than two months ago, the Ethiopian government was on the brink of defeat as Tigrayan forces closed in on the capital. Now the Tigrayan troops have turned about and withdrawn north back into Tigray. The government’s use of foreign-supplied unarmed aerial vehicles (UAVs) and armed drones appears to

James Jeffrey
James Jeffrey
10 min read
Politics
Remembering Richard Leakey (1944–2022), the Last Victorian Scientist

Remembering Richard Leakey (1944–2022), the Last Victorian Scientist

Kenyan paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey died on January 2nd at age 77, following an extraordinary career devoted to the scientific exploration of human origins. Richard was once my boss. And although we never became friends, I came to know him fairly well. He died peacefully in his house overlooking Kenya’s

Geoffrey Clarfield
Geoffrey Clarfield
10 min read
Anthropology
Starvation and Ethnic Cleansing Stalk Ethiopia

Starvation and Ethnic Cleansing Stalk Ethiopia

“Forgetful of the world, by whom they were forgotten,” wrote eminent 18th-century British historian Edward Gibbon of the “Aethiopians” as they “slept near a thousand years.” Ethiopia remains the only African country not colonised—its rugged mountainous terrain kept out intruders and helped to preserve one of Africa’s most

James Jeffrey
James Jeffrey
7 min read
Africa
The Coming Post-COVID Global Order

The Coming Post-COVID Global Order

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated economics in the West, but the harshest impacts may yet be felt in the developing world. After decades of improvement in poorer countries, a regression threatens that could usher in, both economically and politically, a neo-feudal future, leaving billions stranded permanently in poverty. If this

Joel Kotkin and Hügo Krüger
Joel Kotkin and Hügo Krüger
10 min read
Africa