James Jeffrey

A mass of protesters wearing white and carrying Ethiopian flags gather in the street

Uptick in church burnings raises alarm in Ethiopia


These incidents of arson and murder come at a time when tensions between the country’s ethnic groups  —  including Oromo, Amhara and Tigrayan — are already high and causing divisions.

Djibouti City port, sundown.

Living among superpower enemies: Just another day in the life of Djibouti locals

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a street scene in addis ababa, ethiopia

US-Ethiopia relationship changing amid Horn of Africa power struggle

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The convention chaos Democrats wish never happened

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerk embrace

Historic breakthrough between Ethiopia and Eritrea shows no sign of slowing down

A photographic contact sheet of images of Robert F. Kennedy in 1968

The liberal ideal that died with Robert Kennedy


After Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed, many believed Robert Kennedy was going to carry on the reforming fight. But when he too was assassinated many lost hope for a new America. Looking back 50 years on after his death on June 6, 1968, some argue that Kennedy’s death meant America lost a liberal idealism that has never been recaptured.

An open book of the Maqdala manuscripts.

Why the debate continues over repatriating looted Ethiopian treasures


Treasures looted by the British Army from Ethiopia in 1868 have all but escaped attention — until now, as museums and institutions increasingly wrestle with facing the past and doing what’s best for the precious artifacts under their custodianship while making them available to the public.

Two months previously at Ebenezer Baptist Church, on Feb. 4, 1968, King gave his famous “Drum Major” sermon. At his widow's request, King eulogized himself, with a recording of the “Drum Major” sermon played at the funeral.

Laying an American saint to rest


Flip Schulke’s photos of the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. highlight the emotions felt by mourners and around the nation as America came to terms with an assassin’s bullet. Fifty years on, many of those emotions continue to be felt in a divided nation questioning what sort of country it wants to be.

Overlooking the camps for Somalis displaced by ethnic violence in the lee of the Kolenchi hills in the Somali region.

Social media users in America are stoking Ethiopia’s ethnic violence


Social media activists in the US appear so hell-bent on ousting the current Ethiopian regime that they will risk ethnic violence that could tear Ethiopia apart.

Sixty-four soldiers from the 3rd Battalion of the 24th United States Infantry, a predominantly black unit, were tried in the largest court martial in US military history over their roles in the Camp Logan riot. Thirteen were sentenced to death.

Remembering the black soldiers executed after Houston’s 1917 race riot


On Dec. 11, 1917, a group of 13 black soldiers were hanged for their part in a little-remembered and deadly race riot. They were condemned to death after a trial many called unjust. Now, relatives on both sides of that Houston riot are uniting to preserve the memory of the event and to find some justice for those executed soldiers.