Anti-Charlie Hebdo protests continue in Niger

At least five people in Niger’s capital Niamey have been killed in protests against French newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, AFP news agency reported, quoting the country’s President Mahamadou Issoufou. “In Niamey, the tally is five dead, all civilians,” said Issoufou. He added that the toll from protests in Niger’s second city of Zinder…

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Nigeria and Boko Haram

In a recent Aljazeera news coverage, Boko Haram leader Abubaker Shekau has been reported stating that his group killed hundreds in Nigerian town and  threatens to attack Niger, Chad and Cameroon; furthermore, the threat was  followed up with this statement: “The kings of Africa, you are late. I  challenge you to attack me even now….

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Urbanites Need to Stop Looking Down on Village Life and Go Home

Visitors to African countries usually experience the rural and urban areas through safe, comfortable and often manufactured forms of mediation. Driving through a slum in an air-conditioned Land Cruiser, staying in a five star hotel, buying local crafts in a shopping mall or taking pictures of villages and village people en route to a game…

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Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for the Continent in 2015

Each year, Brookings Africa Growth Initiative experts assemble a number of key issues facing the continent into an online publication, Foresight Africa. The collection features articles profiling critical issues on the horizon for Africa. According to those experts, 2015 promises to be an eventful year for the one billion people living on the continent –…

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How Is Somalia Navigating The Healing Vacuum?

By Idil Abshir As part of my Wisdom Hackers dispatch, I spent 8-weeks navigating the healing vacuum in Somalia through the prism of my own experience. Excerpted below are some of my feelings and ‘findings’ on the intersections between war, healing and identity. Read the full piece here. “Life has come back to Mogadishu,” people say,…

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The Global Scourge of Police Killing Blacks

The issue of Black people being victims of systemic brutality, oppression and murder at the hands of the police is not limited to the United States. It is a global problem. If we are ever going to stop this barbaric use of authority to trample the civil and human rights of Black people we must…

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