May 15, 2014

The Kidnapping of a Country

Lauren Bohn & Chika Oduah, New York Times

The Associated Press

Nigerian citizens exist in this surreal state of great contrasts, in a nation mired in corruption, under attack by an Islamist insurgency and at the same time brimming with potential and acclaimed as an economic engine for the African continent. With 170 million people, Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and largest oil producer. Its economy has surpassed South Africa’s, making it the largest on the continent. But that growth has only widened economic inequality. Economic activity has slowed to a trickle in regions where terrorizing at the hands of Boko Haram has forced farmers to abandon their fields, while young people without job prospects have left for the cities. More Nigerians are poor today than at independence in 1960, with over 60 percent below the poverty...

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TAGGED: Boko Haram, Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria, Africa


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Peter Bergen & Bailey Cahall, CNN
There is no doubt that Boko Haram is a growing threat to Nigerians, but to what extent is it also a threat to Western interests? So far not much, although that could change. In the 12 years since its creation, Boko Haram has... more ››
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The Economist
The incompetence of Nigeria’s president and government is hurting the country’s reputation at home and abroad. more ››
May 9, 2014
How Boko Haram Imperils Nigeria's Future
Melinda Gates, CNN
Boko Haram has sought to justify its actions as consistent with Islamic teachings, and this is an insult. Many influential voices in the Muslim world have rebuked the group's actions. (To cite just one example, Sheik Ahmed... more ››
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When Will the West Wake Up?
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Wall Street Journal
Far from being an aberration among Islamist terror groups, as some observers suggest, Boko Haram in its goals and methods is in fact all too representative. more ››
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