Kenya’s About-Face: Fear for Democracy as Dissent Is Muzzled

  NAIROBI — The most widely watched television stations in Kenya are shuttered, and the government has defied a court order to return them to the air. Opposition politicians are under arrest, and journalists have also been threatened with jail. And the government has officially designatedsome of its opponents “an organized criminal group.” “This is a…

In South Africa, One Question Dominates: How Much Longer Should Zuma Stay?

  JOHANNESBURG — It is, in South Africa’s political parlance, the season of the two centers of power. In December, Cyril Ramaphosa was elected leader of the African National Congress and, given the party’s pre-eminence, he immediately became the nation’s president in waiting. That left President Jacob Zuma — the former leader of the party who had backed Mr.…