With support from Moscow, Washington, and the former imperial capitals no longer assured, armed groups in Africa now compete for riches in diamond mines, gold pits, oil wells, and rare earth deposits.
Regions / Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone may be slowly transcending its ethnic-based politics, but poverty remains an omnipresent threat to its development and democracy.
The citizens of Sierra Leone turned out in droves to vote, but they have failed to benefit from booming oil exploration and the mining industry.
The case of the Sierra Leone "15" highlights the country's growing resistance to multinational land-grabs.
Emira Woods, an Institute for Policy Studies expert originally from Liberia, comments on Taylor's conviction.
Dance/movement therapy can help child soldiers deal with trauma and postwar reconciliation.
In countries like Sierra Leone, AFRICOM is definitely not the answer to Africa's challenges.