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Pax Atlantica

NATO’s long-lasting relevance

The Melmac Years

My peculiar resin d’être

Richard Poplak

Richard Poplak is a South African–born journalist and author. His latest book, Continental Shift: A Journey into Africa’s Changing Fortunes, co-authored with Kevin Bloom (Portobello Books, 2016), traces the 21st-century transformation of Africa.

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Colony of Requited Dreams

China in Africa, and the making of the next outsourcing hub. September 2016
In 1414, Admiral Zheng He, Grand Eunuch of the Three Treasures, set out from the Chinese port of Canton on an extraordinary journey. His naval retinue dwarfed anything the European powers of the time could possibly muster—62 galleons, more than 100 auxiliary vessels, 868 officers, 26,800 soldiers and sundry courtiers, eunuchs and servants. This great naval…

Football Fables

The beautiful game bestrides the world like a colossus. June 2010