Rwandan soldiers patrol a village in Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique.

An insurgency allied with the Islamic State has been waging a bloody campaign in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province for almost a decade. After a lull in fighting that lasted most of last year, militants spread southward through the isolated province in late 2023 and early 2024, burning houses, schools and churches as they went.

A protester holds a sign that reads in French, “Restitution and Reparations for Haiti”.

The movement seeking reparations for slavery and colonialism has so far been met with minimal buy-in from the former colonial powers that benefited from the trans-Atlantic slave trade. But engaging with calls for reparations could be a powerful diplomatic gesture that those nations could offer to the Global South.

Former South African President Jacob Zuma.

Accustomed for so long to one-party dominance, South Africa’s ruling African National Congress now finds itself in uncharted political territory ahead of May 29 elections. Among the many problems the ANC currently faces, one stands out: the emergence of the newly created MK Party, with former President Jacob Zuma at its head.