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October 26, 2020

Nigeria
Will the Lekki Toll Gate Atrocity Change Nigeria?

Nigeria’s governance system is oppressive, though it lacks an evocative name like apartheid. The tragic episodes of brutality by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), while dismaying, are not new occurrences.

A picture of the Lekki toll gate, with concrete road barriers in the foreground. Graffiti is sprayed on the barriers, with protest slogans such as #EndSARS and #EndSWAT.

October 21, 2020

Election 2020
TWE Remembers: Seven Memorable Presidential Debate Moments

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are set to debate tomorrow night in Nashville. Belmont University is hosting the event, and NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker wil…

Clinton Trump debate

October 7, 2020

Coronavirus
Taking Pandemic Preparedness Seriously: Lessons from COVID-19

The United States must finally translate its longstanding rhetoric about pandemic preparedness into concrete action.

A medical worker wearing protective mask is seen at a medical checkpoint at the entrance of the Spedali Civili hospital in Brescia, Italy on March 3, 2020.

September 30, 2020

Nigeria
Sharia Punishments Embarrass Nigeria

Inhumane sharia punishments have long embarrassed the federal government of Nigeria. That is happening now, with the arrests of 13-year-old Omar Farouq, Yahaya Sharif, and Mubarak Bala.

Nigerian man, wearing dark clothing and bright red hat, looks into the camera. A man sits behind, and a bookshelf lines the nearest wall.

August 4, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
TWE Book and Film Recommendations

Over the decade since I began blogging at The Water’s Edge I have periodically recommended books to read and films to watch. I have also occasionally asked colleagues to recommend books and movies. G…

https://www.cfr.org/blog/twe-book-and-film-recommendations

July 30, 2020

Nigeria
Islamic State Boko Haram Faction Murders Aid Workers in Video

The Islamic State in West African (ISWA) released a video of its execution-style murder of five aid workers in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, who were kidnapped in June on their way to Maiduguri.

The city gate of Maiduguri along Bulumkutu road, in Borno state, Nigeria, on July 26, 2019. The aid workers were reportedly kidnapped while traveling on a road to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

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.

June 24, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian Media’s Unsubstantiated Claims that U.S. Agencies Investigating Corruption by Buhari's Inner Circle

Pointblank News is reporting that the U.S. Departments of State and Justice are investigating Sabiu 'Tunde' Yusuf, Sarki Abba, Mamman Daura, Ismaila Isa Funtua, and his son Abubakar Funtua for money …

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the nation over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Abuja, Nigeria, on April 27, 2020.

June 5, 2020

Nigeria
In Bayelsa, Nigerian Government Response to COVID-19 Falls Short of Promises

In a recent editorial, Ereku argued that the COVID-19 pandemic showed how "grossly inadequate" all levels of government were at addressing the needs of rural people. He is writing from Yenagoa in Bayelsa state.

A picture of a road running through Swali market, likely taken from an overlook. The road is lined with solid-colored, large umbrellas. People are on the road. The market appears to be made of small shacks mostly creating one large, single-story, structure. In the distance to the right is the river. The sky is gray.

May 13, 2020

Nigeria
Amid Oil Price Collapse, Nigeria Is Running out of Foreign Exchange

The fall in international oil prices amid coronavirus is having a devastating impact on Nigeria’s formal economy. Oil, the property of the Nigerian government, provides more than 60 percent of government revenue and 90 percent of foreign exchange.

A money changer counts Nigerian currency notes for a customer in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, Nigeria, on March 16, 2020.