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December 7, 2018

Financial Markets
Let the Sun Shine In on the Art Business

Subjective pricing and a tradition of anonymity make it attractive to money launderers.

The Cobbler by Jean Discart at Sotheby's auction house in London on April 20.

November 29, 2018

Cybersecurity
The U.S. Leans on Private Firms to Expose Foreign Hackers

When the Democratic National Committee realized they had been hacked in April 2016, they turned to experts from a private company: the cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike. Within a day, the company had id…

The U.S. White House

October 25, 2018

Iran
Iran Is a Threat to the Banking System

At many banks, Nov. 5 will be a scary day. That’s when broad U.S. sanctions are set to be re-imposed on Iran, thereby placing new pressure on its struggling economy and increasing the regime’s desper…

Keep it clean

January 16, 2019

Religion
Giant of Religion in Africa, Dr. Lamin Sanneh, Passes Away

Recent obituaries published in both the New York Times and the Washington Post celebrated Dr. Lamin Sanneh'a enormous scholarly contributions to religion in Africa. He emphasized the role of African missionaries as well as European ones in the spread of Christianity throughout the continent.

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January 15, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: January 5–11

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between January 5 to 11, 2019.

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June 12, 2018

Palestinian Territories
Prince William (and the Foreign Office) in Jerusalem

I’ve written many times about the British royal family’s remarkable record of refusing to make an official visit to Israel while making scores of visits to Arab capitals. That will change in a matter…

January 11, 2019

South Africa
Reconciling the South African Military’s Mission With Its Budget

There is mismatch between what the government asks and expects South African National Defense Forces (SANDF) to do and the money allocated to carry out its missions. The SANDF budget declined again for this fiscal year and stands at only around 1 percent of GDP. (By contrast, the budget for education is just under 5 percent of GDP.) 

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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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January 9, 2019

Nigeria
Amid Setbacks, Nigerian Security Services Raid Influential Newspaper

On January 6, the Nigerian security services raided the offices of the Daily Trust, one of Nigeria’s largest circulation newspapers, apparently angry at its published reports about the upcoming army move against a Boko Haram faction, the Islamic State West Africa (ISWA), and recent military defeats.

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January 8, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: December 29–January 4

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between December 29, 2018 to January 4, 2019.

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