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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
A different perspective on matters from the 1880′s that have influenced recent anti-gay legislation in Uganda.
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 [...]
Tom Dispatch, By Nick Turse, March 13
Our major post-9/11 wars are goners and the imagery of American war-making is heading downhill. The Iraq War was long ago left in the trash heap of history, while in Afghanistan the talk is now about “the zero option” — that is, about an irritated Obama administration making [...]
The government of Egypt’s Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi submitted its resignation to interim president Adly Mansour on Monday, the cabinet said, in a move just weeks before a presidential poll.
Cairo – The military-installed government of Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi said on Monday it has resigned, ahead of a presidential poll which will likely [...]
AP/The Guardian, February 24
Entebbe – Uganda’s president has signed a controversial anti-gay bill that has harsh penalties for homosexual sex, saying the bill is necessary because “arrogant and careless western groups” had tried to “recruit” Ugandan children into homosexuality.
President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill at his official residence in an event witnessed by [...]
At least nine killed as mobs target Bangui’s Muslims and properties owned by them despite presence of foreign troops.
Al Jazeera, February 10
New violence and looting in the Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, has left at least nine people dead, including two more lynchings of minority Muslims.
The latest assaults in the former French [...]
New York Times, By David D. Kirkpatrick, January 24
Cairo — Three years after the start of its revolt for democracy, the capital was shaken Friday by four deadly bombings, in the clearest sign yet that Egypt is entering a prolonged and violent struggle between the military-backed government and a growing Islamist insurgency.
The bombs, [...]
Cairo – Six people have been killed and some 100 others wounded in a series of explosions in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
Ukraine – A Ukrainian Journalist Explains 10 Things The West Needs To Know About The Situation In Kiev
Poland – The hidden history of the CIA’s prison in Poland
The U.P. [...]
U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and other U.S. personnel murdered in Benghazi, Libya
“To this day, some militia leaders offer alibis for Mr. Abu Khattala [the perpetrator of the attacks and deaths of U.S. personnel]. All resist quiet American pressure to turn him over to face prosecution. Last spring, one of Libya’s [...]
BBC, December 24
New evidence is emerging of alleged ethnic killings committed during more than a week of fighting in South Sudan.
The violence follows a power struggle between President Salva Kiir, a Dinka, and his Nuer ex-deputy Riek Machar.
A reporter in the capital, Juba, quoted witnesses as saying more than 200 people, mostly [...]