My latest article on recent developments in Zimbabwe appeared today in Jungle World (html here, you can also download the page with the text as pdf). The opposition to Zanu PF rule is in deep trouble notwithstanding the latest demonstrations against President Robert Mugabe in mid-April. Scholars Brian Raftopoulos and Julia Gallagher answered my questions concerning the situation in Zimbabwe.
The Ninja are back. After disputed elections in Congo (Brazzaville), army checkpoints, police stations and a government building were attacked by armed men on Monday this week. The rulers under President Denis Sassou-Nguesso blame the violence on a militia that was involved in the war in Congo during the 1990. I wrote an article on these developments and the elections for Jungle World. You find it here as html, and you can download the pdf here.
The Nigerian army and its international allies succeeded during the past months in repelling the jihadists of Boko Haram. The terror group seems delibitated. In the meantime, the government published a report on corruption in the security sector. It mentions more than 300 firms and individuals accused of embezzlement in relation to finances designated for the fight against Boko Haram. Read my report in the latest issue of Jungle World or download the page as pdf.
Since at least the attack on beach restaurants in Grand Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire, it is obvious that the terror in West Africa is here to stay. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim) took responsibility for the onslaught and the murder of almost two dozen people. Read my analysis in Jungle World here or download the page as pdf.
A new UN report details the brutality and the sexualised violence against women and children by factions in South Sudan’s civil war. In the meantime, the Women body of the United Nations invites the spouses of President Salva Kiir and his rival, Riek Machar, to New York to speak about “the role of women in the peace process”. Here is my report. (more…)
My review of Richard Bourne’s book on the history of Nigeria was published by Welt-Sichten (pdf here). It offers a firm introduction into the politics and society in the West African state from Lugard’s establishment of the colony till the election victory of Muhammadu Buhari in 2015. Bourne’s book is, however, a story of “big men”. Readers looking for an account of everyday life in Nigeria, be it in the Niger Delta or during the Biafra war, will probably be disapppointed.
The Somali terror group al-Shabaab strikes soft targets in Mogadishu and attacks troops of the African Union. Meanwhile, severe allegations are raised against the Kenyan contingent of the African Union Mission to Somalia (Amisom). (more…)
This week, the International Crisis Group alerted to the possibility of a renewed war in South Sudan. Many low-intensity conflicts and the non-implementation of the August peace agreement support this view. Here is my interview with Alex de Waal about the agreement and the situation in the country. (more…)
Here is my latest piece on Boko Haram and its operations in the border region between Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon for Jungle World. The sect is the most deadliest terrorist organisation ahead of the Islamic State. The recent successes of the Nigerian and Cameroon armies in the fight against the jihadists are welcome news, but it takes a decisive shift in development policies vis-à-vis this neglected region in order to defeat Boko Haram.
Read my article about the counter coup in Burkina Faso in September that appeared in the latest issue of Konkret. I was lucky to take part in a symposium on the situation in the country here in Berlin, organised by Afrique Avenir. Smockey and Sams K Le Jah, popular musicians who started the civic movement Le Balai Citoyen, and others discussed the immediate past, present and future of Burkina Faso. They sent a strong message of courageousness that the days of repression and persecution of dissent are over in the “country of upright citizens”.