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January 18, 2022

Nigeria
Twitter Ban Shows Limits of State Power in Nigeria

Last week’s announcement by Inuwa Kashifu Abdullahi, the director general of Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), that the government had reversed its Twitter ban after seven months has gone virtually unnoticed. If the Buhari government expected Twitter users and small businesses hurt by the original ban to be falling over themselves in gratitude, all it got was something bordering on a collective shrug of the shoulders.

A headline from The Guardian Nigeria reads "FG lifts Twitter ban after 222 days, N546.5b economic losses."

November 21, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp

A road trip among ordinary Saudis revealed high hopes, and hardly any worries, about the country's new political era.

Mohammed bin Salman

September 14, 2012

United States
Egypt: Mohammed, KFC, and US

I have been traveling most of this week, watching events in the Middle East unfold from the American heartland.  The reaction among many of the people there was a mix of shock, anxiety, and fear.  Th…

EgyptMohammedKFCandUS

December 5, 2012

Egypt
The Zionist Plot of Amr Moussa and Mohammed El Baradei

Those who wish to remain optimistic about political developments in Egypt must today contend with a most ridiculous yet still serious development. The new Prosecutor General, Talaat Ibrahim Abdallah…

March 10, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Aliyu Mohammed Gusau Named Nigeria’s Defense Minister

Approximately 1,300 people have been killed since the beginning of the year, and 130 in the first week of March, in violence associated with “Boko Haram” in northern Nigeria. The carnage is accelerat…

Nigerian Troops

June 26, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia's Untested New Crown Prince: Mohammed Bin Salman Has High Hopes, But Rises to Power at a Dangerous Moment

King Salman's son Mohammed is now the desert kingdom's dominant figure—and the challenges before him are huge.

BinSalmanKSA

December 28, 2021

Sudan
Authoritarian Trends in the Horn of Africa Require New Policy Approach

The final days of 2021 in the Horn of Africa are demonstrating just how contagious authoritarianism and contempt for popular will can be—and how dangerous.

Civilians, some with Sudanese flags, climb on top of a military vehicle. Some members of the military wearing camouflage are intermixed with the protesters.

November 19, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: November 19, 2021

FBI website used to send hoax email; Biden restricts Huawei and ZTE sales; CAC tightens restrictions on Hong Kong IPOs; Israel and the U.S. unveil cybersecurity task force; Meta sued by Ohio Attorney…

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

March 11, 2014

Politics and Government
All the King’s Men: Goodluck Jonathan and Aliyu Mohammed Gusau

This is a guest post by Jim Sanders, a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The views expressed below are his personal views and do not reflect those of his former e…

New Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Usman O. Jibrin (centre seated L), and outgoing Vice Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba attend a handing over ceremony in Abuja January 20, 2014.