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October 17, 2019

Nigeria
Buhari Orders Land Borders Closed in Long-Running Effort to Boost Rice Production

In August, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered closed Nigeria’s land border with Benin, preventing the import of goods. The move significantly affected trade in foodstuffs. It is part of an effort to tackle smuggling and associated corruption, but also, apparently, to spur the domestic agricultural industry. On October 14, Nigeria ordered closed all of Nigeria’s borders with Benin, as well as those with all other countries, for the same reasons.

A farmer works with rice sprouts on a farm

July 17, 2019

Space
The Moon Landing Anniversary Confronts America With a Fateful Choice

Fifty years after the Apollo 11 moon landing, U.S. policymakers face the choice of whether to put humanity on a trajectory of peaceful cooperation or dangerous militarization in space. 

 Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission, poses for a photograph beside the deployed U.S. flag on the lunar surface.

January 10, 2019

Ethiopia
David Pilling's African Year in Review

He recalls the popular challenge now underway against Omar al-Bashir’s rule in Sudan; the deaths of Kofi Annan, the first African secretary General of UN, and Winnie Mandela, a flawed leader of the South African liberation movement; the highly positive emergence of the reform-minded Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian prime minister; and the international attention to Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege, who won a Nobel Peace prize for his work with rape victims.

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June 26, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa’s Ramaphosa Highlights Land Reform in State of the Nation Address

In his June 20 state of the nation address to parliament, President Cyril Ramaphosa laid out a short-term approach to land reform, including a call for the expropriation of privately owned land without compensation for distribution.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the Nation Address at parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, June 20, 2019

August 17, 2011

Israel
The Eagle Has Landed…In Sinai?

Flames rise from an Egyptian pipeline distribution station after an attack in the Sinai peninsula (STR New/Courtesy Reuters) Let’s review what’s happening in the Middle East:  Syrian forces are atta…

The Eagle Has Landed…In Sinai?

April 25, 2016

Egypt
This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is Saudi Land

On April 9, the Egyptian government announced that it was returning the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia. The disposition of these two islands has the potential to sow trouble for…

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April 10, 2019

Nigeria
Ensuring Women’s Land Rights in Nigeria Can Mitigate Effects of Climate Change

Women are responsible for 70 to 80 percent of all agricultural labor in Nigeria, and according to federal and state law, they have the right to hold and inherit land. But, only 10 percent of land owners in Nigeria are women. This discrepancy is also present elsewhere in Africa and around the world. African communities will be some of the hardest hit by climate change, but protecting women’s land rights can help mitigate the effects.

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August 29, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Crime in Outer Space: Houston, Do We Have a Problem?

Recent allegations of criminal wrongdoing by an astronaut on a computer network from space suggests that how U.S. law applies to citizens engaged in government, commercial, or non-governmental space …

NASA astronaut Anne McClain is seen during a spacewalk at the International Space Station in this social media photo on March 22, 2019.

November 13, 2019

Bolivia
Bolivia’s Power Vacuum: What to Know

Election fraud allegations have prompted President Evo Morales to resign with no clear successor, plunging Bolivia into political uncertainty.

August 20, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Disinformation and Disease: Social Media and the Ebola Epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The proliferation of disinformation online amidst the DRC’s outbreak of the Ebola virus is a serious threat to global health. Efforts to curb bad information and conspiracy theories on social media a…

Children look at a billboard providing information about Ebola outside the newly constructed MSF (Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment centre in Goma in Democratic Republic of Congo, August 3, 2019.