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July 4, 2019

Military Operations
Our Military Deserves Thanks on July 4—But Politicians, Press, and Civilians? Not So Much

Honoring the commitment, sacrifice and courage of our all-volunteer military, especially on the Fourth of July, should never be considered controversial or divisive. The U.S. military pledges its loy…

American flags

June 14, 2019

Iraq
Where Will Islamic State Detainees End Up?

With the Islamic State’s retreat, thousands of people who left their countries to join the terrorist group are being detained in camps and prisons. Many governments are not willing to take them back…

A woman is pictured at al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria.

July 22, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: July 13–19

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from July 13 to 19, 2019.

Map of Nigeria shaded to reflect NST-documented deaths per state.

July 18, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Ebola Reaches DRC Border City of Two Million, WHO Responds

The recent designation of Ebola as a “public health emergency of international concern” by the World Health Organization (WHO) is a positive development in efforts to contain the disease. The decision highlights the importance of containing the disease to an international audience; the WHO’s designation is being widely carried by the international media. 

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sits in front of a World Health Organization sign.

July 17, 2019

Nigeria
Obasanjo Writes Letter to Buhari on Nigerian Insecurity

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on the deteriorating security situation in Nigeria. His focus in the letter is on Boko Haram and the “herdsmen/farmers crises."

Former President Obasanjo speaks into a microphone while seated on stage at the Africa CEO forum.

July 11, 2019

West Africa
West African Governments Lack Commitment to Reduce Soaring Inequality

Oxfam and Development Finance International (DFI) have developed the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index (CRI). The index ranks 157 countries by their commitment to reducing inequality through increased spending on health and education, taxing the rich more than the poor, and paying a living wage.

A slum with a bridge, electric transmission lines, and a high-rises in the background.

July 15, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: July 6–12

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from July 6 to 12, 2019.

Map of Nigeria shaded to reflect NST-documented deaths per state.

July 10, 2019

Nigeria
More Trouble Between Nigeria’s Shia Minority and the Police

The principal Shiite movement in Nigeria, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), “stormed” the National Assembly in Abuja on July 7. In the resulting melee, two people may have been killed and eight injured. As is so often the case, there are few details, with claims and counter-claims.

A woman walks by police at a barricade in Abuja, Nigeria.

July 8, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 29–July 5

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from June 29 to July 5, 2019.

Map of Nigeria shaded to reflect NST-documented deaths per state.

July 9, 2019

Zimbabwe
Wildlife Conservation in Africa, Outrage in the West, and Cecil the Lion

Four years ago, on July 2, 2015, a Minneapolis Dentists killed a well-known Lion, Cecil, in a Zimbabwe trophy hunt with a bow and arrow. Cecil was something of a star in the developed world.

A man dressed as Cecil the Lion on a subway platform in New York.