In 2015 Newsweek assigned me to track down billionaire Navy SEAL and founder of Blackwater Security Erik Prince in South […]
“The Americans are very complicated, aren't they? On the one hand they are helping us by building roads, dispensaries, schools, but they also seem to want to kill us.”
Meet my friend Bill. I’ve known Bill since the 90s when I moved to Montana. He’s a Wall St. banker […]
On Sunday, April 3rd, Al-Shabaab’s media wing released a recruitment video showing the militant group’s January 15th raid at a […]
LONG GOODBYE 07.27.15 2:20 PM ET How Obama Glossed Over Africa’s Troubles By MARGOT KISER To keep his visit […]
“We fear Obama is coming to teach our children to be gay,” the owner of a beauty salon in a Christian town on the coast told me. In reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court decision last month to recognize a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, one anti-gay-rights fringe group reportedly plans to protest in Nairobi—and, for reasons as yet unclear, to do so in the nude.
South Sudan’s civil war has been a disaster for humans and animals alike. Soldiers on both sides have turned the slaughter of giraffes and other animals into an industry.
MONSTERS CHRISTIANS WARNED, THEN KILLED IN KENYAN UNIVERSITY MASSACRE BY MARGOT KISER 04.02.15 Around 5:30 Thursday morning, when Hassan Osman, […]
Al-Shabab’s Anti-Christian Slaughter – Why Kenya’s Punitive Counter-Terror Measures aren’t Working – The Daily Beast
Poor intelligence and evidence gathering, and a weak judicial process, have resulted in reliance on dirty-war tactics such as mass arbitrary arrests, forced disappearances, rape, and extrajudicial killings.
Kenya’s Black Gold, ‘Texas Tea’ Last week Nairobi hosted the 3rd annual East Africa Oil and Gas Summit at the […]
Bet you didn’t know the “Big Five” refers to the five species of game hunters favor shooting; rhinoceros, leopard, Cape […]
Kenya tourism tanks amid increasing violence Margot Kiser Attacks on tourists has contributed to a steep decline in tourism in […]
Mpekatoni is a small town in Lamu County on Kenya’s north coast. When initial reports came out of an attack […]
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Former Minister of Finance, Uhuru Kenyatta, spent time in Lamu over the weekend fundraising in his…
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WORLD06. 16. 14 MILITANTS ‘EXECUTED NON-MUSLIMS’ AT KENYAN WORLD CUP WATCH PARTY by Margot Kiser A brutal attack on a […]
Somewhere on Bowery St. She didn’t seem the least bit concerned about anything or anyone. The story of […]
MARRAKECH, Morocco – Didn’t see much of Marrakech my first week there. Didn’t even glimpse the friends I […]
Religious leaders say Kenyan security forces are targeting them unfairly for persecution if not indeed for summary execution, but the police argue they have clear intelligence linking many of the local preachers to Somali terrorists.
NAIROBI, Kenya – A ruling is expected tomorrow in the case of a suspected ivory smuggler who today pleaded guilty […]
Burundi’s Black Market Skull Trade WORLD NEWS 01.26.14 Margot Kiser Has the tiny nation of Burundi become ground zero […]
2013 Lamu Cultural Week. Unlike Maulidi, the annual ancient Swahili event celebrating birth of the Prophet Mohammed, Cultural Week is […]
Slaughter in Nairobi: Bloody Siege in Shopping Mall Kills Dozens http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/09/22/slaughter-in-nairobi-bloody-siege-in-shopping-mall-kills-dozens.html by Margot Kiser Sep 22, 2013 9:23 AM EDT THE […]
Pirate Management Written by Margot Kiser on 05 Sep, 2011 | Location: Tags: pirates , Somaliland 7 comments View comments. […]
Art Forum Written by Margot Kiser on 29 Apr, 2011 | Location: Lamu | Column: Art Forum Tags: Fesitival , […]
Navy SEALs’ Daring Hostage Rescue May Signal More Somalia Land Raids by U.S. by Margot Kiser Jan 26, 2012 12:20 […]
While researching Inside the Zanzibar Attack story for Daily Beast I spent a lot of time in Stone Town at […]
She asked her captors where they were taking her, and wondered whether they were headed toward Mombasa, farther down the Kenyan coast. But the man running the engine—the Navigator, who had offered her a pair of trousers for warmth—said, "Somalia."
Kenya received a birthday present yesterday – the long awaited settlement between the UK to 5,200 claimants allegedly tortured at the […]
Oman gets rain about once a year and so it happened that on the day I first visited the Gulf […]
I took refuge from today’s downpour in the lobby of The 680 Hotel. Seems the 680 has been around forever, […]
Film clip accompanying my Newsweek /DailyBeast feature, The Economics of Extinction, 01.28.2013 Watch a Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) veterinarian sharpshooter […]
https://www.youtube.com/user/margotkiser?feature=guide 1. – Feb 2012 Trip to Mogadishu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZfNDSPdE24 to Shabelle Media, Mogadishu 2. Kenya Wildlife Service Rhino Darting in […]
Life in Mogadishu looks safe and peaceful - until all of a sudden it's not.
“It is highly unlikely that kidnappers will strike again at tourist areas on Kenya’s north coast,” says Major Emmanual Chirchir, former spokesman during Operation Linda Nchi, Kenya’s military campaign in Somalia to fight Al Shabaab. “But towns and refugee camps like Dadaab near the porous Kenya-Somali border in the northeast remain vulnerable.”
The Economics of Extinction: Africa’s Elephants and Rhinos in Danger | Margot Kiser Jan 29, 2013 12:00 AM EST How […]
We Were Tortured in Kenya’s Mau Mau-Era Detention Centers Oct 8, 2012 1:00 AM EDT Waiting for justice more than […]
Icons of celebrity and revolution. I would take Che Guevara over Bob Dylan any day of the week. Room for […]
British tourist, Judith Tebbutt, is home — but how free? The dilemma of ransom payments | Daily Beast
Judith Tebbutt is home — but how free? The dilemma of ransom payments Mar 30, 2012 4:45 AM EDT Ransom […]
Somalis arrested in Lamu Nov 25, 2011 (photo; Abdullah Bargash) November 25, 2011 (LAMU, KENYA) Lamu police announced Friday that […]
Aid Workers’ Pirate Nightmare Oct 27, 2011 11:27 AM EDT A U.S. aid worker and her Danish counterpart are still […]
Pirates In Paradise Oct 17, 2011 1:00 AM EDT Somalia’s deadly chaos is spreading across the border into Kenya, where […]
On bridge of a Chinese dredger near Lamu port.
My article Big Game: U.S. Secret Hunt for Jihadists in a Kenyan forest | The Marjan Centre | War and the Non-Human Sphere | King’s College, London
OMANعمامه A Dubai-based pilot and friend suggested I visit Salalah, a port town on the southern tip of Oman. […]
Sailing dhows made of garbage, crusaders, flying low over a baobab-packed forest, guerrilla warfare, Maulidi festival, tattooed and “bearded badasses”. […]
A Kenyan man was shot dead last week outside the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi after he stabbed a GSU police […]
Coffee table books and novels about Africa with ‘Africa’ in their titles seem to stand a better chance of becoming […]
On October 9, 1967, Cuban revolutionary, Che Guevara, was executed by US Special Forces-trained Bolivian Army. A few months previously “El […]
More Headline Than Content At the ivory burn activists and politicians were loud and clear – we’re burning ivory to […]
Colonel: Marine, what is that button on your body armor?Sergeant Joker: A peace symbol, sir. Pogue Colonel: […]
A source close to the Kenya Defense Forces said that DNA samples had been taken from 143 bodies (found at the scene), adding that 58 had survived.
March, 2015 I’d been on the hunt for former U.S. security firm Blackwater owner, Erik Prince, for Newsweek. At the […]