Radical Islamist groups got a foothold on the continent by opening schools and medical clinics in the poorest areas - and then bringing in a more rigid form of Islam.
Rebel groups, an increasingly autocratic president and human rights abuses are part of the reality in the central African country.
In Jerusalem, Juan Manuel Santos speaks to Haaretz about the relationship between the two countries, the war on drugs, and why he took it as a compliment when Hugo Chavez compared Colombia to Israel.
God in Numbers: One of the World's Leading Clerics Talks Success, Africa and Peace in the Middle East
On a recent visit here, pastor Enoch Abeboye discussed the secret of his huge religious empire, and explained how his former academic past contributes to its success.
Limitations on freedom of movement are just the tip of the iceberg in Eritrea - one the harshest dictatorships in the world.
After Gingrich Says Palestinians 'Invented,' Picture Emerges of U.S. Presidential Hopeful With Yasser Arafat
The Huffington Post receives a photograph of the two from an unnamed political operative, in which the Republican and former Palestinian President are seen shaking hands.
The power of the green movement in Iran, the Egyptian Revolution and Israel's housing protests lies in these engines, which are gradually transforming into tools at the hands of the citizens.
As the World Cup kicks off, Africa is still mired in a post-colonial rut, with pirates, wars, ethnic tensions and totalitarianism prevalent. But many believe the international soccer tournament may help the continent get back on the ball
The threat of terror hangs over both Israel and Colombia, says its foreign minister, Jaime Bermudez during a recent visit here. And they are also both free, democratic nations coping with hostile neighbors