Jason McLure

The African Union Sighs at Somalia

Somalia's future looks more precarious every day. Last week's African Union summit ended with promises that Guinea and Djibouti would send battalions of reinforcements to keep the AU's embattled peacekeeping force in Mogadishu from being overrun by the Islamist militants of Al-Shabab. But the mission may be doomed nonetheless; most AU members see scant chance of success in Somalia and now fear their presence may be making things worse.

Africa's Failing Democracies

When human rights Watch criticized the results of Ethiopia's May elections, in which the ruling coalition "won" an improbable 545 out of 547 seats, leaders in Addis Ababa didn't ignore the influential NGO. Instead, they paid tens of thousands of demonstrators to gather in the capital and denounce the report.

Why Democracy Doesn't Work in Africa

To a casual observer, the tens of thousands of people who poured into the central square of Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on May 25 to peacefully celebrate the country's elections might have been mistaken for a massive symbol of democratic progress in a poor and troubled part of the world. In fact it was quite the opposite.

Africa's Worst Crisis

Congratulations, Kofi Annan, you just cut a peace deal for Kenya. But with a half-dozen African crises still burning from Congo to Sudan, what's next? Right now, all eyes are on Somalia.The headless country is descending once again into chaos.


Few travelers who have ridden a Greyhound bus would consider the experience luxurious. But a hotly competitive group of so-called Chinatown bus companies are moving in on the company's biggest East Coast routes by offering rock-bottom prices and no-frills service.

'We're Ready'

In his 2003 State of the Union address, George W. Bush surprised and delighted AIDS activists by pledging $15 billion over five years for an emergency AIDS relief plan in more than a dozen hard-hit countries in Africa and the Caribbean.

Vatican: Condom Crusade

Using slogans such as "Abstinence has a high failure rate," Catholics for a Free Choice, a dissident lay group, began a pro-condom ad campaign last week in defiance of Vatican policy.

Gay Marriage: Touting The His-His Suite

Provincetown, Mass., may very well become the gay Niagara. With Massachusetts' ruling to legalize same-sex marriages set to take effect in less than six months, merchants in Provincetown--long a gay mecca--are readying for a tidal wave of gay and lesbian honeymooners to strike Cape Cod's tip. "People used to go to Niagara Falls for their honeymoon," says tourism director Pat Fitzpatrick. "We'll have a lot of gay and lesbian couples whose first thought is Provincetown." Travel agents...

Testing: Cheater Teacher

Pressure to make the grade has led more than a few students to jot answers on the soles of their sneakers. But new research published in the journal Education Next reveals that teachers are sometimes cheaters, too.