Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

Nigeria: Boko Haram Exacerbates Its Terror Against Civilians

Posted in African Politics, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on February 22, 2014

BokoHaramThe Islamist sect Boko Haram intensifies its attacks in the North of Nigeria. Not much is known about the structure of the organisation. Read an English version of my text for Jungle World here.

The assailants arrived late afternoon in the small town Konduga near Maiduguri in the Northeast of Nigeria. Mallam Baba Abubakar, an inhabitant of Konduga told the Nigerian daily Vanguard of two armoured personnel carriers, five pick-ups painted in the camouflage colors of the army and five motorcyles. (more…)

Youth in Africa: Caught in a “Social Moratorium”

Posted in African Politics by ruben eberlein on February 5, 2014

Africa’s youth is on the move, it is often said. But where is this journey leading to? In my fourth article for a series on theory and everyday life on the continent for Konkret, I tackle this question with the help of selected literature which focuses on the navigation of young people in the shifting and stormy weather that coins the life in many African countries. You can download the article (German) here.

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Nigeria: Homophobia Rules

Posted in African Politics, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on February 2, 2014

The Nigerian government tightens the laws against homosexuality. Most of Nigerians welcome this step. Read an English translation of my comment that appeared in the recent issue of Jungle World (pdf in German here).

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