Same Name, Other Side of the Border (Part V: Africa)

This is part five of our seven-part Same Name, Other Side of the Border series. Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo/Republic of the Congo) The multitude of places named Congo or Kongo take their name from the kingdom of Kongo, an empire in west-central Africa that existed from approximately 1390 in what is now the…

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Qat: The Stimulant of Choice in the Horn of Africa and Yemen

For as long as there have been people, there have been plants and herbs used by people to achieve a stimulatory or hallucinogenic effect. The plant of choice varies by region (marijuana in North America and coca in South America, for example). This article looks at the plant known as qat (kat, khat, miraa, gat). In our house,…

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