May 18, 2014

Does U.S. Have a Responsibility to Act in Nigeria?

Jonah Goldberg, National Review

The Associated Press

Here’s a question. If — and this is a big if — the United States could dispatch a swarm of heretofore secret super-drones to find and kill every member of the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, would you be in favor of doing it?

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TAGGED: Africa, Boko Haram, Nigeria, United States


May 7, 2014
Is #BringBackOurGirls Helping?
Adam Taylor, Washington Post
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... more ››
May 15, 2014
The Kidnapping of a Country
Lauren Bohn & Chika Oduah, New York Times
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... more ››
May 6, 2014
Why the War on Boko Haram Matters
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 ››
May 14, 2014
Boko Haram Is No 'Global Terror' Threat
Mike Smith, The Guardian
The Islamists' aims remain mainly local. Saving the abducted girls won't change the conditions in which they flourish. more ››
Right now, the world is scrambling, finally, to help the Nigerian girls. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on May 3 that the United States "will do everything possible to support the Nigerian government to return these... more ››