France wants to fix its relations with Africa. But it’s going about it the wrong way

France wants to fix its relations with Africa. But it’s going about it the wrong way

This form of realpolitik was started under President Charles De Gaulle (1959-1969) and reached an apex under Georges Pompidou (1969-1974). Jacques Foccart, who was secretary-general for African and Malagasy Affairs under both presidents – became the point man of both presidents. Known as “Monsieur Afrique”, he is considered to have been the mastermind behind several African coups.

How disease has stimulated cultural change

How disease has stimulated cultural change

In his classic 1954 work, The Gift, the anthropologist Marcel Mauss described an unusual practice of gift-giving in the Māori people. People who didn’t reciprocate gifts were believed to be vulnerable to illness — and possibly death. In this way, rituals of giving and...

Himalayan Glaciers in Distress

Himalayan Glaciers in Distress

Glacial calving high up in the Himalayas caused a flash flood in the Indian state of Uttarakhand that killed dozens and washed away new dams and bridges. Calving - the breaking away of large chucks of ice from a glacier - is not typical in winter, so but it is likely...

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