34 Opponents Freed to Mark 50 Years of Equatorial Guinea Independence–But. . .

In what looks like a tropical paradise, press reports say that dictator Obiang of Equatorial Guinea has pardoned 34 members of the opposition party, among others, to mark the 50th anniversary of his country's independence from Spain. The main opposition party says many of those released have been tortured. Equatorial Guinea: President Obiang frees 34…

Africa Memories Resurrected by Equatorial Guinea News Item

A new decree from Equatorial Guinea’s current president resurrected half-century-old memories of my life there. In fact, it’s the 7thsuch item to cross my desk this month. 7 news items. 7 memories. News items all the way from oil-rich EG's ranking on the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals for safe water and sanitation, to EG sending…

Updated* My Africa Memoir Hits A Milestone

Celebrate with me, my friends. I've just sent the manuscript for my Africa memoir Vaccines & Bayonets: Fighting Smallpox in Africa amid Tribalism, Terror and the Cold War off to the proofreader. It feels like a triumph. Never mind the months and miles still to go toward publication. This milestone also coincides with a turning point in…