Nigerian Boko Haram Attack Forces 15,000 Villagers to Flee Homes

Bloomberg, By Michael Olukayode, July 21

More than 15,000 people have fled their homes in northeastern Nigeria since an attack last week by suspected Islamist militants that left at least 21 people dead, said an emergency official.

Residents are fleeing from Damboa and areas surrounding the town in fear for their lives, spokesman for the [...]

Nadine Gordimer | 1923-2014

NYT – A Nobelist With 3 Banned Apartheid Novels

Bengt Oberger/Wikimedia Commons

Ms. Gordimer found themes in the injustices and cruelties of South Africa’s policies of racial division, and she left no quarter of the society unexplored. She died Sunday at 90.

Nadine Gordimer in the New Yorker here

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US warns of ‘widespread conflict’ in Libya

State Department calls for draft of new constitution to take place unhindered amid increasing volatility.

Al Jazeera, July 13

The United States has warned that the conflict in Libya could become “widespread,” urging that a new parliament be quickly seated after contested elections.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki also called for work on drafting Libya’s [...]

Ebola: Massive Deployment Needed to Fight Epidemic in West Africa

Medecins Sans Frontieres, June 23, 2014

New York / Brussels — Bringing the spreading Ebola epidemic under control in West Africa will require a massive deployment of resources by regional governments and aid agencies, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today, warning that it has reached the limit of [...]

Meriam Ibrahim: Sudan ‘to free’ death row woman

BBC, May 31

Sudanese authorities are to free a woman who was sentenced to death for having abandoned the Islamic faith, a foreign ministry official has said.

Meriam Ibrahim, who gave birth to a daughter in custody, will be freed in a few days, the official told the BBC.

Abdullahi Alzareg, an under-secretary at the [...]

International Polls open in Egypt’s presidential election

More than 53 million people are eligible to vote, amid opposition calls for nationwide boycott.

Al Jazeera, By Dahlia Kholaif, May 26

Millions of Egyptians have begun voting for the country’s third president in as many years, in a race largely expected to be won by the country’s former army chief.

The two-day vote, which [...]

It’s Not Benghazi, It’s Everything

(Foreign Policy) – While Republicans played politics, Libya was imploding. Now the Pentagon is readying an embassy evacuation, and the country may be beyond salvation.

Jimmy Carter warns Egypt ‘stands on the precipice’

AP, May 17

Cairo – The former US president Jimmy Carter has warned Egypt that its transition to democracy after years of political turmoil is faltering, ahead of presidential elections later this month.

The Carter Center will not be sending observers for Egypt’s 26-27 May election, which many believe retired Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi [...]

Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamic extremists claim massive blast that killed 75

AP, April 19

Lagos, Nigeria — Islamic extremists Saturday claimed responsibility for the massive rush-hour explosion earlier this week that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, killing at least 75 people and wounding 141.

“We are in your city, but you don’t know where we are,” Abubakar Shekau, leader of the [...]

AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly

U.S. Officials Talk Candidly (Just Not to Reporters) about Bases, Winning Hearts and Minds, and the “War” in Africa

TomDispatch, By Nick Turse, April 13

What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things — especially when it comes to the U.S. military [...]

Central African Republic: Soldiers Kill 30 civilians

AP, March 30

Bangui – Officials say Chadian soldiers killed more than 30 civilians in Central African Republic’s strife-torn capital city.

Jean-Pierre Sadou, a gendarmerie official with the regional peacekeeping force, could not confirm the death toll from Saturday’s violence but said the Chadian soldiers’ actions were a “legitimate defense” after their convoy was attacked [...]

Egypt to hold presidential elections May 26-27

CNN, By Mohammed Tawfeeq, March 30

Egypt’s presidential elections will take place on May 26 and 27, Egyptian media reported Sunday, citing an announcement by the country’s Presidential Elections Commission.

Army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced Wednesday that he would resign and declared his candidacy in the national polls. El-Sisi, 59, Egypt’s defense minister, had [...]

Tuesday Tensions bedevil Arab summit

Kuwait is hosting the Heads of Arab states for their annual summit for the first time since joining Arab League.

Qatar is being pressured to stop supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical movements through the region. Along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Mirates, Egypt is trying to isolate Qatar. Yet it [...]

From Mwanga to Museveni – Sex, Politics and Religion in Uganda

A different perspective on matters from the 1880′s that have influenced recent anti-gay legislation in Uganda.

Ebola alert grips Guinea and Sierra Leone

Highly contagious virus kills 59 people in Guinea, with fears the disease may have spread to neighbouring Sierra Leone.

Al Jazeera, March 23

Ebola has killed at least 59 people in Guinea and there are fears the virus may have spread to neighbouring Sierra Leone, world health officials have said.

Cases of the disease, which [...]