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November 10, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The Marine Corps turns 243 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have been …

USMC birthday

October 12, 2018

Nigeria
Making Sense of Nigeria's Upcoming Presidential Election

Nigerian society and political behavior at all levels usually is shaped by patronage and clientage networks. Politically, there are few genuinely independent voters, in the sense that voters in, say, Vermont or Switzerland are completely free to vote for whomever they like. Clients usually vote as their patrons wish, and nearly everybody is both a patron and a client, from the top of society to rag pickers at the Lagos dump. 

Nigeria-President-Buhari

October 2, 2018

Nigeria
Nigerian and U.S. Flooding Similar, Linked to Climate Change

Nigerians fear that flooding in October 2018 could be as bad as or worse than it was in 2012, when two million Nigerians were displaced and 363 died. In 2015, floods displaced 100,000 and led to 53 deaths. In 2016, 92,000 were displaced 38 died. In 2017, floods affected 250,000. 

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February 10, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Buhari Supporters Stone Jonathan Convoy

A poster showing the picture of Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan is seen at the launch of his campaign in the central city of Lafia, Nassarawa state February 7, 2011. (Afolabi Sotunde/Courtesy …

Buhari Supporters Stone Jonathan Convoy

January 7, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Campaign Posters for Nigeria’s President Jonathan

Nigeria’s presidential elections are over two years away. Elite politics are already focusing in on them, however.  Opposition parties are negotiating a possible united front against President Goodlu…

 An armed police officer in riot gear stands guard in front of a poster of Nigerian incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke 16/04/2011.

October 19, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria’s Floods and the Jonathan Administration

Floods resulting from the autumn rainy season have devastated central and southeastern Nigeria. According to Nigerian media, the flooding is the worst in fifty years, and has already killed more than…

Houses are submerged in floodwaters in Idah Local Government Area, in Nigeria's central state of Kogi. 29/09/2012

May 31, 2011

Nigeria
Goodluck Jonathan Inaugurated as Nigeria’s President

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (L) takes the oath of office during his inauguration ceremony at Eagle Square in Abuja May 29, 2011. (Akintunde Akinleye/Courtesy Reuters) On May 29, Goodluck Jo…

Goodluck Jonathan Inaugurated as Nigeria’s President

April 29, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Christian Association of Nigeria Warns Against Arrest of Goodluck Jonathan

According to Nigerian media, the northern branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) warned President Muhammadu Buhari that “Nigeria would boil” if former President Goodluck Jonathan, the “…

Jonathan CAN

May 31, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria Sees More High Level Corruption Convictions Under Buhari

Fighting corruption was one of two planks in Muhammadu Buhari’s successful campaign for the presidency in 2015. He has made recovery of stolen Nigerian assets parked abroad a theme of his dialogue with other leaders, including President Donald Trump.

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March 31, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan Concedes to Muhammadu Buhari

International and Nigerian media is reporting that Aviation Minister Osita Chidoka and opposition All Progressives Congress Party spokesman Lai Mohammed state that President Goodluck Jonathan has cal…

Jonathan and Buhari