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July 1, 2020

Senegal
How Remittances From Petit Senegal, a Diaspora Community in New York City, Build Wealth Abroad

The African diaspora sends more money to Africa than U.S. foreign aid and foreign direct investment. Petit Senegal is filled with thriving, tax-paying businesses owned and operated Africans, whose remittances fund investments in communities back home.

A black restaurant awning is pictured that says "Pikine" and "African Restauran" and "Fine African & Fresh Food." The restaurant is on the first floor of a light brick apartment building. A tree with thin foliage is to the left of the restaurant.

June 30, 2020

China
As Africa Faces COVID-19, Chinese Debt Relief is a Welcome Development

Stephen Paduano is the executive director of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission and a doctoral researcher at the London School of Economics, where he studies African political economy with an emph…

President Xi Jinping of China claps and smiles in a dark gray suit with a maroon tie and white shirt. Behind him are national flags on vertical flag polls. The Chinese flag is front and center. It is flanked by the flags of South Africa and Botswana to the left, and of Algeria, Benin, and Burkina Faso to the right.

June 19, 2020

Nigeria
ISWA’s Recent Attacks Could Signal a New, Deadlier Approach in Nigeria

On June 9, ISWA killed eighty-one people, abducted seven, and stole hundreds of cattle before setting the village ablaze.These recent incidents could be the beginning of a new chapter in ISWA violence, with Muslim civilians as legitimate targets.

People push carts and bicycles near a flag pole with the Nigerian flag as they begin to cross a road bridge. The ground is dry and dusty, the cloudless sky is dull grey-blue, and small wooden structure is in the background. The canopies of green trees can be seen in the distance.

June 17, 2020

Cameroon
After the Death of Another Journalist, Cameroon Needs Outside Political Mediation

On August 2, 2019, journalist Samuel Ajiekah Abuwe—better known as Wazizi—was arrested and detained by government forces in Buea, Cameroon. This month, it was reported that he had died in government custody. International, AU, UN mediation is needed.

The silhouette of President Paul Biya, with some features visible, like the white color of his shirt, is in front of a gold, light colored wall with a streak of light running diagonal from right to left.

July 8, 2020

Demonstrations and Protests
Black Lives Matter Protests in Africa Shine a Light on Local Police Brutality

There has been reporting on police brutality in enforcing COVID-19 restrictions, especially in Kenya and South Africa, where Western media is based. The popular African perception is that police brutality is the norm.

I young black man with a light blue medical mask on which is written in red "I can't breathe," looks in the direction of the camera, with his right hand holding a black sign that says "Stop Killer Cops" and his left hand raised in a fist. He is flanked by other protestors in masks and with signs.

July 7, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
How to Think About Africa’s “Rising Middle Class” Amid COVID-19

Conventional wisdom is that Africa's rising middle class is the engine for economic and social development. However, on a continent of 1.3 billion people resident in more than fifty countries, this trope may obscure more than it illuminates.

Customers shop for essential commodities inside the Naivas supermarket as residents stock their homes amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nairobi, Kenya March 23, 2020.

July 6, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 27–July 3

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from June 27 to July 3, 2020.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink.

July 2, 2020

Belgium
Belgium Begins to Confront Its Brutal Colonial Past in Congo

Following anti-racism protests in Belgium, King Philippe, in a letter to Felix Tshisekedi, president of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), expressed his "regret" over his country’s exploitation of DRC.

Belgian King Philippe sits at a dark wooden table in a black suit, black tie, and white shirt. His hands are folded and his face is somber, with his silver-white hair combed down. To the left is a Belgian flag on a vertical flag pole; to the right are two family framed pictures sitting on a low bookcase.

June 29, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 20–26

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from June 20 to 26, 2020.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink.

July 3, 2020

Politics and Government
Five Movie Biographies Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about people who changed the course of world history.

Five Movie Biographies Worth Watching