Photographs from South Africa, Lebanon, Israel and Ethiopia.
Ethiopians may be mourning the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, but they should worry about the legacy of his personality-centric development agenda.
Meles saw himself as a builder of institutions. He wanted his legacy to be stability and the conquest of poverty.
Mr. Meles oversaw substantial economic growth as prime minister and made Ethiopia a staunch American counterterrorism ally but drew criticism for harsh treatment of dissidents.
Meles Zenawi, the late prime minister of Ethiopia, was a critical ally to the United States who nonetheless undermined the American stance that Africa needs strong institutions, not strongmen.
Meseret Defar won the 5,000 meters, defeating Tirunesh Dibaba, a fellow Kenyan who was fatigued from her gold-medal effort in the 10,000 as well as an undisclosed pre-Olympics illness.
The world could be going up in smoke and those of us living in rural Africa wouldn’t know it.