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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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October 11, 2018

China
Christianity in China

Tens of millions of Chinese now identify as Christians, and the number has grown rapidly, posing challenges for a government that is officially atheist and wary of threats to its power.

Chinese Catholics attend an Ash Wednesday mass at a state-sanctioned church in Beijing.

May 17, 2019

Burkina Faso
Islamist Violence in Burkina Faso Following Familiar Pattern

Islamist terrorist groups in northeast Burkina Faso are following a strategy of violence reminiscent in some ways of Boko Haram’s early days in Nigeria. The groups are attacking Protestant and Catholic churches, killing pastors, priests, and congregants, and also teachers in secular schools.

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May 10, 2019

Hungary
Viktor Orban’s U.S. Visit Could Bolster Europe’s Populists

President Trump’s hosting of Prime Minister Viktor Orban will be viewed as a boost to populists and another blow to Europe’s strained political center.

Viktor Orban attends a news conference.

May 9, 2019

Sudan
The Roots of Sudan's Upheaval

While the Sudanese military expelled President Omar al-Bashir from office, the people of Sudan are ultimately responsible for toppling his regime, and the leaders of the protest movement have promised not to let up until civilian rule is secured. They well know that any persistence of military control represents a continuation of the Bashir regime, and in particular, the Arabic-speaking population’s monopoly of power.

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April 25, 2019

Nigeria
Preaching, Power, and Private Jets in Nigeria

Bishop Oyedepo, head of the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry (Winner’s Chapel) is commonly regarded as the wealthiest preacher in Nigeria, with an estimated personal net worth of $150 million. His fleet of four jets includes a Gulfstream V, which cost $30 million.

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April 23, 2019

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Bombings: What We Know

A high level of coordination suggests the perpetrators had substantial expertise, possibly drawn from a foreign-based terrorist group.

Mourners carry the coffins of victims of the Sri Lanka bombings during a mass funeral in April.

April 17, 2019

Genocide and Mass Atrocities
By Any Other Name: Thoughts on U.S. Genocide Determinations

The history of the Genocide Convention stretches back more than seventy years, yet much work remains to be done to prevent and respond to atrocities. 

A person holds a candle during a night vigil and prayer at the Amahoro Stadium as part of the 25th commemoration of the 1994 genocide, in Kigali, Rwanda, on April 7, 2019.

March 7, 2019

Nigeria
Democracy in Nigeria Has Stalled

On February 23, President Muhammadu Buhari was elected to a second term, defeating the chief opposition candidate and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. As always, there was more violence associated with the elections than received attention in the Western media, but fortunately there was no spike when the Independent National Elections Commission (INEC) announced the results. Despite the elections’ significant shortcomings, most Nigerians appear to accept the results. 

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February 27, 2019

Nigeria
Questions About the Nigerian Presidential Elections

The Independent National Elections Commission (INEC) has announced that Nigeria’s incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari has been re-elected, defeating former vice-president Atiku Abubakar by a substan…

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