Sudan has been celebrating its first Olympic medal after Ismail Ahmed Ismail battled all the way to the line for an 800m silver. The country’s big hope for a gold, the world number one this year Abubaker Kaki, crashed out in the semis but Ismail’s medal shows Sudan could become a real force in middle … More Silver for Sudan
So Steven Spielberg has pulled out of the Beijing Olympics. “I find that my conscience will not allow me to continue business as usual,” he said in a statement. “At this point, my time and energy must be spent not on Olympic ceremonies but on doing all I can to help bring an end to … More Did We Learn No Lessons From the Teddy Bear?
It’s easy to write reams about how Kenya was supposed to be a haven of stability in a troubled corner of Africa, that its press enjoys freedoms only dreamed about in much of the rest of the continent, that it had made an reasonable transition to multi-party democracy. And so on. Then you point out … More Essential Reading