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June 29, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Falmata-Abubakar-Shekau-Boko-Haram-Mother Mother of Boko Haram Leader Abubakar Shekau Speaks About Her Son

The interview—Falmata’s first—took place in the village of Shekau in Yobe state. VOA notes the village’s isolation and how villagers avoid mentioning it is the birthplace of Abubakar Shekau.

June 28, 2018

South Africa
Swaziland-Reed-Dance-Tradition-Africa Modernity and Tradition Clash in South African Reed Dance

The clash between the modern and the traditional is illustrated by the “reed dance.” Performed by “maidens” in the semi-nude, it is widespread among the Ndebele people, including Xhosas and Zulus, in southern Africa. It is perhaps best known in Swaziland, where the king chooses a new wife every year following the annual reed dance.

June 25, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Terrorism-Security-Tracker Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 16–June 22

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between June 16 and June 22.

June 27, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Cape-Town-Drought-Rain-Water-Climate-Change Even as Winter Rains Come to Cape Town, Water Scarcity Is Here to Stay

In 2017, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille declared the Western Cape a disaster area because of the drought. In March, the ruling African National Congress’ minister for cooperative governance, Zweli Mkhize, declared a national state of emergency. However, with the arrival of winter rains, Mkhize did not renew the state of emergency when it expired on June 13.

June 21, 2018

Nigeria
Loot-Repatriated-to-Nigeria Loot From the Time of Sani Abacha Repatriated to Nigeria

Nigeria’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General Abubakar Malami said that Abuja has reached an agreement with a number of countries, including the United States, France, and the United Kingdom, for the repatriation of $500 million in looted public funds.

June 20, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-LGBT-Hate-Speech-Discrimination-Civil-Rights South African Court Delivers Blow to Religious Defense of Hate Speech

Section nine of South Africa’s constitution guarantees equal rights to all South Africans and outlaws discrimination, including that based on ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual preference. Pursuant to that provision, in 2000 Parliament passed the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (PEPUDA) in 2000. In turn, PEPUDA led to the creation of Equality Courts to adjudicate infringements of equality such as unfair discrimination and hate speech.

June 20, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
DRC-Kabila-Elections-Protest-Opposition Podcast: Scene Setter for Planned December Election in Congo

Though Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala of Democratic Republic of Congo officially announced on June 12 that President Joseph Kabila would not stand for a controversial third term, this has not ended speculation that Kabila, whose term of office expired in 2016, will find a way to continue to stay in power. Shortly thereafter, in what will surely complicate the election, the International Criminal Court acquitted Jean-Pierre Bemba, the former Congolese vice president, an ex-warlord, and a fierce rival of Kabila.

June 19, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Suicide-Attack-Damboa As Army Calls on Displaced Nigerians to Return Home, Terrorist Attacks Rock Damboa

The attack occurred on the same day that the Nigerian chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, publicly said that Boko Haram is no longer a threat and urged internally displaced persons to return home.

June 18, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Terrorism-Security-Tracker Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 9–June 15

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between June 9 and June 15.

July 17, 2018

Nuclear Weapons
Kevin Lamarque/Reuters ‘No First Use’ and Nuclear Weapons

Nearly all nuclear weapon states, as a matter of policy, remain ready to use their weapons without having first suffered a nuclear attack.