September 30, 2019Nigeria
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from September 21 to 27, 2019.
September 27, 2019Nigeria
In August, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) indicted eighty people for what it described as “the largest case of online fraud in U.S. history.” Seventy-seven of them were Nigerian. Separately, also indicted for computer and wire fraud was Obinwanne Okeke. He is accused of defrauding a subsidiary of Caterpillar of $11 million.
September 26, 2019Benin
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani has written a sensitive essay, published in the Wall Street Journal, on the African role in the trans-Atlantic and trans-Saharan slave trade. She observes that the four-hundredth anniversary of the arrival of slaves in Virginia coincides with questions about guilt and responsibility and a debate in the United States about reparations to the descendants of slaves.
September 25, 2019Politics and Government
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced late yesterday that the House had opened an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. It’s a news story that will be with us for weeks to come. Here a…
September 25, 2019Nigeria
The current wave of kidnapping is different from the politically-motivated and usually geographically-banded kidnapping of the past. It is now occurring all over the country. According to Voice of America, this wave of kidnapping is driven by economic hardship.
September 24, 2019South Africa
Barbara Creecy, South Africa’s Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries announced on World Rhino Day a substantial decline in the poaching of South Africa’s rhinos. In June 2019, 318 were poached, compared to 386 during the same period last year. South Africa has up to 80 percent of the global population of twenty thousand rhinoceroses.
September 24, 2019United Nations General Assembly
As the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit concludes, world leaders need some outside the box thinking about steps to strengthen their national commitments to shrink their greenhouse gas emissions ahead of…
September 23, 2019Nigeria
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from September 14 to 20, 2019.
September 20, 2019Trade
Transatlantic imbalances reflect Europe's demand deficit, which should be easy to solve (but isn't). Transpacific imbalances haven't disappeared. And are likely harder to solve, as they stem from an …