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October 31, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Christianity in the Middle East

A general view of the Church of Holy Sepulchre during the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony in Jerusalem's Old City April 23, 2011. (Courtesy REUTERS/Baz Ratner). The decline of Christianity…

A general view of the Church of Holy Sepulchre during the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony in Jerusalem’s Old City April 23, 2011. (Courtesy REUTERS/Baz Ratner).

May 1, 2019

Nigeria
Conflict in Nigeria Is More Complicated Than “Christians vs. Muslims”

An article from Fox News recently called attention to the killing of Christians in Nigeria by comparing it to the deadly Easter Sunday suicide bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. According to the article, the attacks “highlight the dangers that remain from asymmetric terrorism and violence against Christians in ethnically and religiously divided societies.” However, linking these tragedies to each other and to a perceived global trend of violence against Christians mischaracterizes the nature of the conflict in Nigeria. 

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December 10, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria's Sultan of Sokoto Bans #MeToo Movement

The Sultan of Sokoto, Nigeria’s premier Islamic traditional ruler, has banned the #ArewaMeToo campaign in Sokoto state. The movement is a northern Nigeria spinoff of the international #MeToo movement. Following the ban there have been allegations that the police have assaulted two women’s rights activists.

The Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III and Emir of Kazaure Najib Hussaini Adamu (R) visit the family of late Emir of Kano Ado Bayero in Kano June 7, 2014.

December 5, 2019

Zambia
Standing Up for Human Rights in Zambia

Last week, when U.S. Ambassador to Zambia Daniel Foote expressed his dismay about a Zambian court ruling sentencing two men to fifteen years in prison for the crime of conducting a same-sex relationship, Zambian President Edgar Lungu was quick to take offense.

Zambia's President Edgar Lungu attending a signing ceremony in Paris, France, February 8, 2016

December 5, 2019

Southeast Asia
Looking Ahead to Next Year: Southeast Asia’s Big 2020 Elections

Coming off a year with critical elections in Thailand and Indonesia, in 2020 Southeast Asians will go to the polls in several important countries. Most notably, both Singapore and Myanmar will hold g…

Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at a school in Kawhmu, Yangon, Myanmar, on July 18, 2019.

October 25, 2019

Religion
Kenyan Theologian Who Elevated African Religion Passes Away

The Kenyan John Mbiti, an Anglican priest, theologian, and academic, died on October 5 at the age of eighty-seven. He led the reappraisal of traditional African religions that sees them as equal to other world religions. He argued that traditional African religions were specifically congruent with Christianity, and that Christianity was more than Europe.

The Ecumenical Centre and Church is pictured on November 21, 2008 in Abuja, Nigeria.

March 2, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
President Sisi and the Status of Christians in Egypt

There are a lot of fans of Egypt’s President Sisi nowadays in Washington, who argue that he is fighting terrorism and deserves American support. Those fans ought to be aware of the ongoing persecuti…

September 10, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Christian Martyrs in Nigeria

Citing church representatives, BosNewsLife is carrying the story that Islamists killed five people outside Jos in central Nigeria after they declared their Christian faith. Two other Christians were …

Crowds fill Abubakar Gumi central market after authorities relaxed a 24 hour curfew in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, June 24, 2012.

November 17, 2015

Saving Middle Eastern Christians

In remarks yesterday from Turkey, President Obama called a refugee policy that singled out Middle Eastern Christians for help "shameful." I don’t agree. Middle Eastern Christians (and other minoriti…

October 4, 2019

Nigeria
The Legacy of Nigeria's 1999 Transition to Democracy

Commentators, especially outside Nigeria, saw the elections of 2015 as an important milestone for the country’s democratic development breaking the pattern of rigged elections. However, could it be that it was the elections of 2011 that really broke the pattern, and the elections of 2015 merely restored it? Were in fact the elections of 2015 much better than those before and after? Did the political classes determine that Jonathan had to go, in part because of the deteriorating economy and security situation, but also understanding that the 1998–9 bargain struck between the south and the north be restored? Will the bargain survive in 2023? 

Obasanjo walks past a cheering crowd in a white robe.