Second largest continent, population about 1.1 billion.

Africa is the world's second largest and second most-populous continent (behind Asia in both categories). At about 30.3 million kmĀ² including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth's total surface area and 20% of its land area. With 1.2 billion people as of 2016, it accounts for about 16% of the world's human population. The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Isthmus of Suez and the Red Sea to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagos. It contains 54 fully recognized sovereign states (countries), nine territories and two de facto independent states with limited or no recognition. The majority of the continent and its countries are in the Northern Hemisphere, with a substantial portion and number of countries in the Southern Hemisphere.

Articles

Clinton in Africa, by Thomas Sowell, 15 Apr 1998
Crititcizes Bill Clinton for his "apology for slavery" and suggests he was playing the "race card ... to escape the consequences of his own actions"
"The idea that people in Africa are owed an apology ignores history as much as Clinton slavery ignored geography. It was the people of Africa who captured and sold the slaves who ended up in the Western Hemisphere. White men died like flies in Africa during the era of slavery. They were not about to linger around trying to capture Africans, even if the local rulers had let them. ... Africans, like most other non-Western peoples, saw nothing wrong with slavery. ... Children are still being bought and sold by the thousands in Nigeria and Benin, and 30,000 African slaves are at this very moment being held under brutal conditions in Mauritania."
Related Topics: Bill Clinton, Rule of Law

Books

Africa Betrayed
    by George Ayittey, 1992
Africa in Chaos: A Comparative History
    by George Ayittey, 1997
Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Africa's Future
    by George Ayittey, 2004

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Africa" as of 19 Sep 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.