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March 4, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
What We’re Watching This Week in Africa

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January 3, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
New Year’s Eve Abuja Bombings Tweeted

A woman surrounded by relatives, mourns the death of her husband at Asokoro Hospital, after a bomb explosion near a military barracks in Nigeria's capital Abuja December 31, 2010. (Afolabi Sotu…

New Year’s Eve Abuja Bombings Tweeted

December 7, 2010

Sub-Saharan Africa
On the Brink

I attended a two day colloquium on Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria at Brown University that among other things celebrated Chinua Achebe’s 80th birthday. This was the second…

On the Brink

May 24, 2012

United States
Egypt’s Historic Elections, Violent Eruptions in Lebanon and Yemen

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. Egyptians went to the polls for a second consecutive day today for the first free presidential elections in Egypt’s history. The turnout was particularly …

A man holds his ballot sheet as he prepares to vote during Egypt's presidential elections in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on May 23, 2012 (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Courtesy Reuters).

March 28, 2011

Nigeria
Obasanjo Discusses Zoning

Nigeria's former president Olusegun Obasanjo speaks during official opening of peace talks in Nairobi. (Antony Njuguna/Courtesy Reuters) During a March 26 speech in Abuja, former Nigerian presid…

Obasanjo Discusses Zoning

December 27, 2010

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria: Religious Bloodshed in the News

While it captures only episodic media attention, NGO personnel and others report ongoing ethnic and religious violence in the Middle Belt state of Plateau in the center of Nigeria, especially around …

Nigeria: Religious Bloodshed in the News

August 11, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Guest Post:What the London Riots Have To Do with Africa

Rioters stand in front of a burning barricade in Liverpool August 9, 2011. (Phil Noble/Courtesy Reuters) A reader of this blog, Jim Sanders, recently sent me an interesting comment, which I have …

Guest Post:What the London Riots Have To Do with Africa

November 1, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Insights into Politics and Development in Nigeria

Children paddle a canoe near an oil well head in Odidi near Okerenkoko in the creeks of the volatile oil rich Niger delta in Nigeria February 2, 2006. (George Esiri/Courtesy Reuters) Over the last w…

Insights into Politics and Development in Nigeria

February 3, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
HRW Report on Nigeria’s Sectoral Violence

People walk past the wreckage of a burnt truck along a road in Nigeria's central city of Jos on December 25, 2010. (Afolabi Sotunde/Courtesy Reuters) Human Rights Watch released an important a…

HRW Report on Nigeria’s Sectoral Violence

January 9, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Congo-Kinshasa: The Other Shoe Hasn’t Dropped – Yet

For Africa watchers, this morning’s attention is focused on Nigeria. Over the weekend, murder of Christians continued, ostensibly by an Islamic radical group, Boko Haram. Various ‘Christian’ spokesme…

Supporters of incumbent President Joseph Kabila are seen celebrating through a banner with his image after provisional election results are announced in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa, December 9, 2011.