Daniel Howden

For Daniel Howden's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

How the West fell for the 'big lie' about South Sudan

Dec 29, 2013

How the West fell for the 'big lie' about South Sudan

The pursuit of separation from northern Sudan at all costs made it harder to admit certain truths about the south, such as ethnic divisions, and created the need for the "big lie," as one senior U.N. official calls it. "The big lie is that ...

Dec 15, 2013

Family turmoil puts legacy at risk of being besmirched

When Nelson Mandela is finally laid to rest, it will be on the same windswept hillside in Qunu, his childhood village in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, where three of his children already lie. The “son of the soil,” as the Mandelas call him, first ...

Unsung heroes emerge in stories of Kenyan mall attack

Nov 3, 2013

Unsung heroes emerge in stories of Kenyan mall attack

A little after half-past midday on a sunny Saturday a disturbing call came through to Mark and John at the Nairobi offices of the oil company for which they work. Gunshots had been heard minutes earlier at Nairobi’s plushest shopping center, the Westgate Mall, ...