Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

Nigeria: Out of Control

Posted in African Politics, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on March 3, 2015

titel03_start-27aa41c0This text deals with the background of Boko Haram’s terror in Nigeria and neighbouring countries. It appeared in the current issue of Konkret magazine. I had a short interview with Murray Last who researches societies in Northern Nigeria for five decades now. “To be truthful, no one knows exactly what’s up either within Boko Haram or within the army. So there’s a mountain of speculation out there. If, as a journalist you wanted to visit Boko Haram, you’d not get far – they don’t want, nor need, such visitors, neither Nigerian ones nor foreigners”, he comments. You can download the article as pdf.

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US Policy Towards Somalia: More of the Same, Once Again

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Somalia by ruben eberlein on September 15, 2009

gunmansomaliaThe killing of a suspected al Qaeda militant cell leader in Southern Somalia by US special forces is big in the news. French soldiers are also suspected to have taken part in the raid which left several people dead. Taken together with the arms shipment and the finance of weapons acquirements by the US (see Foreign Policy’s report here), nothing points to a new approach of the Obama administration vis-à-vis the war-torn country.

The Dark Sahara: Interview with Keenan on US Strategy in the Sahel

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa by ruben eberlein on August 15, 2009

Watch the interview on the book by Jeremy Keenan ‘The Dark Sahara: America’s War on Terror in Africa’ on Democracynow. The Professor of Anthropology from SOAS says that the US military and their friends in the Algerian secret service ‘fabricated’ a terrorist threat in the Sahara by staging the hostage-taking of European tourists in 2003.