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As Kerry Visits, Boko Haram Kills

Siobhan O'Grady, Foreign Policy

Boko Haram Is the New ISIS

Tom Rogan, National Review

The Boko Haram Menace

Togu Ogunlesi, New York Times

Today’s terrorism is far from what it looked like just 14 years ago in the wake of 9/11. It’s dangerous and powerful in new ways, and will prove seductive for much of the world...(full article)

Just as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was preaching the importance of a peaceful Nigerian election in the coastal megacity of Lagos on Sunday, Boko Haram militants were engage...(full article)

IS BOKO HARAM becoming Africa’s Islamic State? In its bloodlust and ambition to hold territory, it certainly resembles the jihadists in Iraq and Syria. Boko Haram has carved ...(full article)

The brutal jihadists now control 20,000 square kilometers, and they’re intent on building a caliphate....(full article)

Here in Nigeria’s commercial hub, it is tempting to regard Boko Haram, the Islamist terrorist group that for more than five years has waged war in the country’s far northeas...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Nigeria's Miserable Options - New York Times

The Nigerian government was supposed to hold presidential elections this past weekend, which presented voters with the dispiriting choice of keeping a lousy incumbent or returning ...

Can Nigeria Find Stability? - Independent

Riven by regional, ethnic and religious divisions since it attained independence in 1960, Nigeria has a long tradition of overcoming difficulties that might destroy other nations. ...

Boko Haram and the Deadly New Normal - Joe Randazzo, Daily Beast

In the first few days after Boko Haram’s recent attack in the remote village of Baga, most of the news coverage I saw about it concerned the lack of news. Why, the media wondered...

Nigeria's Election Is Fraught with Risk - The Observer

Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s president, finally made it to Borno state last week, almost two weeks after the Islamist terrorist group known as Boko Haram seized the town of B...

The President Who Doesn't Care About His Country - C Page, Chicago Trib

When terror hits Paris, we care. When terror hits Nigeria, not so much....

Boko Haram Is Back With a Vengeance - Chicago Tribune

Boko Haram, Nigeria's Islamist militants, got the world's attention last year after kidnapping 276 schoolgirls. The despicable group still holds most of the girls, is still untamed...

Boko Haram Gets Deadlier by the Day - Sophie Kleeman, Mic

As the world watched in horror while two gunmen slaughtered 12 people at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris last week, a massacre of a different kind was happ...

Boko Haram Reaches New Low - Irish Times

Army attempt to take back land held by rebels likely to end in failure with lack of international support....

Nigeria Not Doing Enough to Stop Boko Haram - Barbie Latza Nadeau, DB

No one knows for sure how many people Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram killed in a string of violent attacks last week because there are few people left to count the ...

Nigeria President: See No Evil, Speak No Evil - Siobhan O'Grady, FP

ith the world’s gaze focused on Paris last week, militants from Boko Haram destroyed the town of Baga and several neighboring villages in northern Nigeria, killing up to 2,...

Boko Haram Must Be Defeated - Okello Kelo Sam, Los Angeles Times

Eight months is a long time. Long enough for international outrage to rise, fall and fade away. That's how long it's been since Boko Haram militants stormed a secondary school in t...

Boko Haram Just Killed Hundreds of People - The American Interest

Boko Haram razed the Nigerian town and military base of Baga in an overwhelming attack that toppled the last Nigerian-held area in the district of Borno North. Estimates range from...

Africa in 2015: What to Expect - Simon Allison, Daily Maverick

Thank god that’s over. Despite the Daily Maverick’s valiant attempts to look on the bright side, 2014 was not a great year for Africa. For this, special thanks must go ...

7 Awful, Underreported Conflicts - Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post

2014 has been a brutal year....

Oil Price Fall Has Harsh Consequences for Africa - Amadou Sy, Brookings

Oil exports account for 40-50 percent of GDP for Gabon, Angola and the Republic of the Congo, and 80 percent for Equatorial Guinea. Similarly, Angola, Republic of Congo and Equator...

Fantasy and Gritty Reality in Africa's Party City - Laura Secorun Palet, Ozy

With its pastel-colored mansions, verdant lawns and sculpted gardens, Banana Island is among the world’s most luxurious neighborhoods. It could even be one of those fantastic...

Will Political Change Come from Cheap Oil? - Jeffrey Simpson, Globe & Mail

That Russia loses badly from sagging world oil prices is obvious, but so do a bunch of other countries run by thugs, autocrats, kleptocrats, theocrats, religious fundamentalists, l...

Finally, a Positive Crisis for U.S. Leadership - Edward Goldberg, RCWorld

Globally, the United States is now in a unique competitive position. It spends significantly less money abroad to import oil, giving its balance of payments a huge boost, and the o...

What Is the U.S. Military Building in Chad? - Nick Turse, TomDispatch

Following 9/11, the U.S. launched a counterterrorism program, known as the Pan-Sahel Initiative, to bolster the militaries of Mali, Niger, Mauritania, and Chad. Three years later, ...

Nigerian Jihadists' War on Children - Matt Schiavenza, The Atlantic

Boko Haram reserves its deadly violence for society's most vulnerable. On Monday, a suicide bomber killed at least 50....

No Hope for Release of Schoolgirls in Nigeria - Adam Nossiter, NYT

The news from Nigeria sounded almost too good to be true — and so it appears to have been. Two weeks ago, Nigeria’s chief of defense staff, the country’s top mili...

The West Needs to Help Tackle Ebola - M. Goerg, German Marshall Fund

With citizens going to the polls in Nigeria, Togo, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Côte d’Ivoire in 2015, a lot is at stake for West Africa as a whole in how regional and int...

How Nigeria Stopped Ebola - Edward Wright, The Conversation

If you can break the transmission you can control the outbreak....

When the Bell Tolls for the Petrostate - Daniel Altman, Foreign Policy

It's fair to assume that revenue from selling oil and gas will decline within a few decades in countries that are unlikely to find much in the way of new reserves....

Defeating Boko Haram - The Independent

While attention has been focused on the rise of Isis and the horrors of the war in Syria, we have half-forgotten another part of the world where Islamic extremism has been running ...

A Generation Held Hostage - Gordon Brown, Project Syndicate

Bring Back Our Girls is the highest-profile campaign highlighting discrimination against girls. But it is only part of a growing global movement by young people for civil rights....

U.S. Deploys Troops Against Ebola - Kate Brannen & Justine Drennan, FP

The U.S. military is quickly ramping up its response to the Ebola crisis, sending 3,200 U.S. soldiers to help affected countries in West Africa, where the disease has already kille...

The Ancestors of ISIS - David Motadel, New York Times

In the last few years, there has been a dramatic rise of a seemingly new type of polity: the Islamic rebel state. Boko Haram in West Africa, the Shabab in East Africa, the Islamic ...

Boko Haram's Child Beggar Army - Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times

They scurry between vehicles in the traffic-choked cities of northern Nigeria, small boys in tattered clothing armed with begging tins. Known as the almajiri, the youngsters, some...

Not Scared of Ebola? You Should Be - Laurie Garrett, Foreign Policy

Experimental drugs and airport screenings will do nothing to stop this plague. If Ebola hits Lagos, we're in real trouble....

Gaza and a Summer of Strife - David Remnick, The New Yorker

The supposed tranquillity of earlier seasons is almost always an artifact of distance. And yet Samore’s “everywhere” is forgivable hyperbole. In eastern Ukraine, ...

World Has Forgotten the Nigerian Girls - Mohammed Adam, Ottawa Citizen

How easily the world forgets. It has been only three months, but it feels like a lifetime since more than 200 Nigerian girls were snatched from their school in the dead of night by...

100 Days Later, Nigeria Is Only Worse - Andrew Walker, Foreign Policy

In the more than 100 days since the girls of Chibok were kidnapped, the world's attention has moved on to other stories -- but Nigeria's situation has deteriorated at a dizzying pa...

Social Media Can't Defeat Islamist Terror - Daily Telegraph

Robust military and political methods -- not social media activism -- will be needed to defeat the global menace of Islamist terror....

Bombs Won't Stop Nigeria from Watching World Cup - K. Ogunbunmi, QZ

Nigerians love their soccer, especially if it served with a foreign flavor. In a poll conducted in 2012 by a local polling agency, NOI polls, all the respondents—both male and fe...

The West Must Intervene in Nigeria - Olivier Guitta, National Post

The West cannot afford for any more of Nigeria to be run by jihadists. For example, when Islamists took over major amounts of territory in Mali in late 2012, the French did not hes...

Why Are Africa's Militaries So Disappointingly Bad? - Michela Wrong, FP

How history, greed, and nepotism are preventing the continent from securing itself against al-Shabab, Boko Haram, and other threats....

Nigeria Under Attack - The Japan Times

The United Nations Security Council finally put the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram on its terrorism list. As a result, its leaders’ foreign assets will be frozen, they will n...

In the Land of Nigeria's Kidnapped Girls - Chika Oduah, The Atlantic

On Monday morning, May 12, I sat in the backseat of a Toyota Corolla, headed to Chibok. With a satin abaya draping my body in a sheath of black, and my hair curled underneath a b...

6 Reasons the U.S. Should Rescue Those Girls - Jay Hallen, Forbes

While the sentiment is sincere, there is something perverse about an American First Lady – perhaps the second most powerful person in the world – resorting to social me...

The Deadly Mission of Boko Haram - Janine di Giovanni, Newsweek

Boko Haram’s trademark killing method used to be gunmen on motorbikes who killed police or anyone else who stood up against the group. But the capture of the schoolgirls on A...

Africa's Best Response to Boko Haram - Christian Science Monitor

Five weeks after Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 girls in Nigeria, the response has been mainly a military one. Yet history shows such radical groups thrive in the poorest place...

Does U.S. Have a Responsibility to Act in Nigeria? - Jonah Goldberg, NRO

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 terror...

Now Trending: The War on Terror - Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post

The American post-9/11 response to murderous jihadism has often been characterized, not least by our own president, as both excessive and morally suspect. There is a palpable weari...

Bring Back the Girls -- Quietly - Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal

There is nothing wrong with taking action—when possible—that is contained, discrete, swift, targeted, humanitarian and, not least, can be carried through successfully. ...

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