Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Offers Bread and Circuses – But Is It Enough to Keep His Country Onside?
FEATURE: The atmosphere outside the purpose-built, 15,000-seat stadium that hosted heavyweight contenders Antony Joshua and Andy Ruiz in December was unusually civilized for a boxing match. This heavyweight championship rematch was another step in Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s (MBS) grand modernization campaign, alongside easing gender restrictions and green-lighting cinemas and music concerts. If the idea was to challenge stereotypes of the desert Kingdom, it was working: there was even a sprinkling of rain.
IN-DEPTH: While other countries moved to ban khat, Ethiopia's decision to keep it firmly in the formal economy means they retain tax revenues, rather than gifting them to criminal syndicates, terrorist networks or militant insurgents – as many of their West African neighbours have unwittingly done.
FEATURE: Until recently, billboards around Kabul were emblazoned with a simple phrase: “Imagine Peace.” Now, they instruct people to wash their hands.
A new documentary by BBC Africa Eye evidences the widespread use of a torture technique called “Tabay” by police and security forces in Nigeria, three years after the practice was officially outlawed. This includes children who have been tortured during interrogation and as punishment.
FOREIGN POLICY | Report on how the latest zoonotic disease outbreak could be the wakeup call needed to persuade customers to stop consuming endangered wildlife, putting an end to the devastating, illegal trade.
Angola’s crowded prisons pose a particular challenge to limiting the spread of COVID-19 – and the authorities know it.
For days, frightened residents in small towns between Lagos and Ogun, on Nigeria’s Southwest border with Benin, shared social media posts purporting to originate from violent gangs, threatening to ransack people’s homes.
FEATURE: For years, one issue has united countries across the Muslim world: Palestinian Liberation. But as Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US find a shared priority in battling Iran, the Gulf is losing interest - and Palestinians are left out the in the cold, with nowhere to turn but Tehran.
Two former CAR Presidents - and enemies - François Bozizé and Michel Djotodia have both returned voluntarily to the country, two weeks apart, to considerable surprise and consternation from all political stripes.
Feature: A dive into the UK's highly profitable but deeply unpopular arms trade - and some strategies British citizens are using to limit its influence.
Feature: A toxic mix of nationalism and religious extremism is leading to a wave of political violence across Southeast Asia.“After I read that, I was anti-Muslim,” says Thet Swe Win. He boycotted Muslim-owned businesses. He stopped eating biryani, one of his favourite foods. He regularly beat up the smaller of the two Muslim bo...