May 7, 2014

Is #BringBackOurGirls Helping?

Adam Taylor, Washington Post

The Associated Press

Domestically, the #BringBackOurChildren campaign isn't aimed at the perpetrators of the attack: Boko Haram seem unlikely to be swayed by tweets (remember, their name literally means "Western education is sinful"). It's aimed at the government who have appeared inept the Boko Haram problem for too long. Critics of Goodluck Johnathan's government are quick to point out that Nigeria's army has left hundreds dead in its fight against the militant group, many of whom were civilians. Economic factors are at play too: while Nigeria's economy may have been declared to be the biggest in Africa recently, living standards are still low, glaringly so when compared to those of the Nigerian political elite.

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OMG We Are All So #UnitedForUkraine
Elias Groll, Foreign Policy
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May 6, 2014
Why the War on Boko Haram Matters
Peter Bergen & Bailey Cahall, CNN
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May 5, 2014
Boko Haram: Backward but Brutal
Daily Telegraph
Boko Haram, the name of the Islamist group that has terrorised Nigeria, roughly translates as “Western education is forbidden”. The title nicely sums up its philosophy: aggressively anti-Western, backward-looking and fuelled... more ››