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Last week, more than a hundred Nigerian students, girls between 15 and 18 years of age, were kidnapped by the al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists of Boko Haram. Most of the girls are st...(full article)

HEY PRESTO: as if by magic, Nigeria has declared itself the biggest economy in Africa. Overnight, with the wave of a statistical wand, it has added 89% to its GDP, now worth $510 b...(full article)

The Arab Spring may become the textbook example of the geopolitics of food prices -- the food riots and subsequent revolutions transfixed the world. But shifts in food price may be...(full article)

This weekend Nigeria rebased its figures for gross domestic product, adding in previously uncounted industries such as telecoms and information technology. On this new basis, th...(full article)

By scolding countries like Uganda and Nigeria for getting gay rights wrong, American liberals reinforce the notion that LGBT equality is Western, and, even worse, the patriarchal, ...(full article)

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Spreadsheets and Global Mayhem - Somini Sengupta, New York Times

Using machine-learning tools to draw inferences about the effects of each piece of information they analyzed, the researchers compiled a list of 15 countries facing the highest ris...

Nigeria Falls into State of War - David Smith & Gillian Parker, The Guardian

More than 1,300 people have died in the past two months as an insurgent Islamist group, Boko Haram, wages a rebellion rooted in poverty, corruption, religion and geography....

The End of the 'Developing World' - Dayo Olopade, New York Times

It’s tough to pick a satisfying replacement. Talk of first, second and third worlds is passé, and it’s hard to bear the Dickensian awkwardness of “industrialized nations.”...

World Moving Forward, and Backward, on Equality - Andre Banks, GPS

In the United States and a few other parts of the world, and in a remarkably short period of time, there has been a seismic shift toward popular support for gays and lesbians. It ...

Nigeria: More Populated than U.S. by 2050? - Joshua Keating, Slate

The most important demographic story over the next few decades could be Nigeria....

Nigeria About to Become Africa's No. 1 Economy - Erin Conway-Smith, GP

South Africa's days as top dog on the continent are numbered. Booming, bustling Nigeria is about to become Africa's biggest economy. So pop open a bottle of Moet & Chandon - after...

The MINT Countries: Next Economic Giants? - Jim O'Neill, BBC Magazine

This is the envy of many developed countries but also two of the Bric countries, China and Russia. So, if Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey get their act together, some of them...

The Wars That Will Rage in Africa in 2014 - Peter Dorrie, War Is Boring

The civil wars, insurgencies and political standoffs that will shape the continent this year....

Genocidal War on Christians in Nigeria - Raymond Ibrahim, Commentator

Many around the world were recently made aware, got a small glimpse, of the Islamic jihad that plagues northern Nigeria, at the hands of Boko Haram, an organization dedicated to er...

Should the U.S. Fear Boko Haram? - John Campbell, CNN

What is Boko Haram? It remains shrouded in mystery. Boko is the Hausa word for "book," and commonly refers to Western education. Haram is the Arabic word for "forbidden." Hostile t...

Nigeria Is at War with Islamist Ghosts - Peter Doerrie, War Is Boring

Government deploys thousands of soldiers to suppress Boko Haram, but knows almost nothing about the armed group....

Nigeria's Reagan? - Marian Tupy, Washington Times

The media’s attention in Nigeria is focused on its attempt to subdue Boko Haram, an Islamic jihadist militant terrorist organization that operates in that country’s Muslim prov...

Can Nigeria's Leader Do the Right Thing? - Orji Uzor Kalu, CNN

A deadly attack on a mosque in Konduga this week is a reminder of how Nigeria’s bright future is under threat from destabilizing conflict. News of the attack, which claimed doz...

Britain Should Embrace Rising Power Nigeria - Ian Birrell, The Guardian

Rather than open our doors to potential superpowers like Nigeria, we bar invited guests and throw money at its kleptocratic elite....

An African Epidemic of Homophobia - Jonathan Zimmerman, LA Times

After World War II, when African countries began to win their independence, many European and Western societies decriminalized gay sex. But the new African nations stepped up their...

Downsides of U.S. Energy Independence - Konrad Yakabuski, Globe & Mail

What is more appropriately defined as North American oil independence -- since the United States will continue to depend on Canadian and Mexican crude for decades to come -- is alm...

10 Contestants for Earth's Next Superpower - Jeff Wilser, Mental Floss

These nations have been dismissed as underdogs and weaklings. But like budding superheroes, they have been sitting on hidden talents. And now they’re about to fly....

Nigeria's Poverty-Powered Insurgency - Ike Okonta, Project Syndicate

In recent years, competition from Asia has weakened the north’s once-prosperous textile industry, leaving thousands unemployed; drought has devastated the region’s agri...

Amnesty for Nigerian Islamists? - John Campbell, Africa in Transition

On April 24, President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated the Committee and established its modalities in a ceremony at the presidential villa. The committee is to open t...

World's Megacities Move East - Joel Kotkin & Wendell Cox, New Geography

The fastest-growing megacities over the past decade have been primarily in the developing world. Karachi, Pakistan, has led the growth charge, with a remarkable 80% expansion in it...

Bold New Islamist Group Terrorizes Nigeria - John Campbell, Atlantic

Through its murder of seven European and Middle Eastern hostages over the weekend in northern Nigeria, Ansaru has trumped Boko Haram through the propaganda of horror, at least for ...

Predatory Culture Hampers Nigeria - Kaplan & Schroeder, Stratfor

Individuals are more concrete than the national or ethnic group of which they form a part. To talk about an individual's personality and tendencies is easy for those who know the p...

3 Small Wars That Could Become Vietnam - David Francis, Fiscal Times

he war in Afghanistan is drawing to a close, marking the end of more than a decade of continuous fighting in big, traditional conflicts. But even as the wars in Iraq and Afghanist...

Keystone XL Protests, But None for Nigeria? - Andrew Revkin, Dot Earth

I’ve got nothing against the passions of those — including friends of mine — pushing hard to persuade President Obama not to let the Keystone XL pipeline move for...

Will the Next Pope Be Nigerian? - Fraser Nelson, Coffee House

The first papal resignation since 1415 will throw the world’s attention on Nigeria’s Cardinal Francis Arinze, who is the bookies’ favourite to succeed Benedict XV...

My Plan to Fix the World's Biggest Problems - Bill Gates, Wall St. Journal

From the fight against polio to fixing education, what's missing is often good measurement and a commitment to follow the data. We can do better. We have the tools at hand....

Nigeria: Land of Unfixable Problems - Gwynne Dyer, New Zealand Herald

The political institutions of Africa's biggest country are incapable of dealing with even the smallest challenge. Indeed, they often make matters worse....

Ten Conflicts to Watch in 2013 - Louise Arbour, Foreign Policy

  Every year, around the world, old conflicts worsen, new ones emerge and, occasionally, some situations improve. There is no shortage of storm clouds looming over 2013: Once ...

Christians Under Islamist Attack in Africa - Benny Avni, New York Post

The Christmas season's become a time to reflect on the fate of Christians around the world, from the besieged ancient communities of the Middle East to the tyrannized worshippers i...

Nigerian Terrorist Threatens U.S. - John Campbell, Africa in Transition

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau delivered a video speech in Arabic posted November 29, on jihadist websites. In it, he associates the United States, Britain, Nigeria, “and ot...

The Dangerous March of Boko Haram - Combating Terrorism Center

During the past year, the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has expanded from its traditional area of operations in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno State and is now capable of ...

Christians Persecuted Worldwide - Rupert Shortt, Daily Telegraph

The latest bombing in Nigeria shows how Christians are increasingly suffering for their faith – and how their plight is being ignored....

Is al-Qaeda Still a Threat to the U.S.? - Robert Worth, New York Times

The idea of attacking the United States, “the far enemy” in jihadist parlance, was always unpopular for many Islamic radicals, whose chief goal was replacing their own ...

African Countries Must Hope They Have No Oil - David Blair, Telegraph

Almost four decades ago, oil was dubbed the “devil’s excrement” by Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonso, a Venezuelan minister who was among the founders of Opec. Anyo...

Boko Haram: Nigeria's Most Sadistic Killers - Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

Nigeria's Boko Haram has been accused of crimes against humanity. In a country where college students are lynched in tough neighborhoods, the most depraved killers are still not co...

Nigeria Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity? - John Campbell, CFR

The second half of the Human Rights Watch report deals with the reported abuses committed by the security services. It provides a greater degree of specificity than I have seen bef...

Boko Haram, Nigerian Security Commit Atrocities - Human Rights Watch

This 98-page report catalogues atrocities for which Boko Haram has claimed responsibility. It also explores the role of Nigeria’s security forces, whose own alleged abuses co...

America at War Without a Leader - Michael Gerson, Washington Post

The unavoidable disorders of the Arab Spring and the power vacuums of Africa have created an atmosphere hospitable to terrorist threats. But the administration finds this narrative...

Barack Obama: Missing in Africa - Todd Moss, Foreign Affairs

Most of Obama’s high-profile efforts have been washouts. Launched in 2009, the Global Health Initiative was supposed to broaden U.S. health investments beyond single diseases to ...

The War That Nobody Wants - Walter Russell Mead, American Interest

We are killing people in acts of war across Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa and expect to kill quite a few more. We are fighting a battle first to contain and then to defe...

Africa's Separatist Problem - Max Fisher, The Atlantic

Europe's arbitrary post-colonial borders left Africans bunched into countries that don't represent their heritage, a contradiction that still troubles them today....

How to Build an African Powerhouse - Adekeye Adebayo, Business Day

With intra-African trade estimated at below 10%, its 800-million citizens must now negotiate federations and regional trade blocs that better reflect the political, socio-economic,...

Boko Haram No African al-Qaeda - Int'l Institute for Strategic Studies

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan described Boko Haram, the Islamist group responsible for a series of terrorist attacks in his country, as having global ambitions. A senior ...

A New Threat from Boko Haram - Melissa Gresham, The Commentator

Recent reports show the Nigerian terrorist organization, Boko Haram, has acquired a helicopter. An arrested member of the Islamic terror group disclosed the helicopter was brough...

Africa's Rising Tide of Islamism - Clifford May, National Review

The name Timbuktu has come to evoke the most remote, mysterious, and inaccessible corner of the earth. Five hundred years ago, Timbuktu was a great center of Islamic scholarship...

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