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Men unload boxes of nutritional supplements from an helicopter prior to a humanitarian food distribution carried out by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Thonyor, Leer county, South Sudan, February 25, 2017. Siegfried Modola/Reuters

What Famines?

A poll conducted by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) shows that only about 15 percent of Americans are aware of the famines in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. Known as the “four famines,” these disasters put more than twenty million people at risk. When Americans are informed about the crises, however, 73 percent say that it must be a major global concern. Read More

Jul 19, 2017

The U.S. Justice Department and Kleptocracy in Nigeria

Muhammadu Buhari’s 2015 presidential victory owed much to the perception among Nigerians that the preceding Jonathan administration and the governing People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presided over a kleptocracy. That perception was correct, and more details continue to emerge. The latest, reported by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), involves former petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke. 

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Jul 18, 2017

South Africa
A Political Opening in South Africa

Since 1994, electoral politics in South Africa has been dominated by the African National Congress (ANC) and its allies, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the South African Communist Party (SACP). (SACP and COSATU candidates for office ran under the ANC label as part of the so-called “Triple Alliance.) Not any more. Driven by the apparent incompetence and corruption of the Zuma administration, and by the ANC party leadership elections to take place in December, South African politics are more open than they have ever been.

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Jul 17, 2017

Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: July 8 – July 14

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from July 8 to July 14, 2017. This update also represents violence related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. These incidents will be included in the Nigeria Security Tracker.  

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