The Congo Pedicle

For decades, the countries of Africa have had to deal with the artificially-imposed boundaries they have been confined to by the legacy of European colonialism; boundaries that slash across ethnic and cultural homelands, linguistic groupings, and geographic features. Most of these boundaries were simply lines of convenience. Some, however, were the result of drawn-out negotiation…

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The Highest of Low Points: The 15 Most Elevated Countries on Earth

There is a special place reserved in respective national consciousnesses for the highest point in a country. Everest, McKinley, Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc, Fuji, Olympus, Ben Nevis – the towering peaks that can be seen for miles across the countryside and are held up as national symbols. They form the basis for religious myths (and political…

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