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…)


The Islamist Push: Gin & Jihad

Posted in African Politics, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia by ruben eberlein on October 20, 2013

Read my article on the islamist push in East and West Africa in the latest issue of Jungle World or download the pdf of the print issue.

Northern Nigeria: Breaking the Silence, But to What End?

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on August 7, 2009

Hundreds of alleged Islamists died during fights and an ensuing massacre of the army in the North of Nigeria last week. For a growing number of young Nigerians in the North, a rigorous dictatorship by the clergy seems more attractive than the current societal situation. Read my report translated to English here or download a pdf of the original article in German. (more…)

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Nigerian Military in a Frenzy up North: Kill ‘Em All – Parole of the Day

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on July 31, 2009

A lot of media are reporting about what they call ‘fightings’ and ‘combats’ in the North of Nigeria that started Sunday last week. But it becomes more and more clear that the military once again staged a massacre in which up to 600 people are reported to have died. The killing of Boko Haram leader Muhammed Yusuf while in police custody is just the tip of the iceberg. Read my article on the violence in North Nigeria late next week here.

‘Western Powers and Somalis Will Not Accept a Taliban-style Regime’

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Somalia by ruben eberlein on June 29, 2009

Interview with Paula Roque, Horn of Africa Researcher at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS, Pretoria), about the current situation in southern Somalia and Mogadishu. She comments on the motivations of young people to join al-Shabaab, the international approach to Somalia and the presence of international Jihadists in the country. (more…)

Derrida in Khartoum – Is the Disintegration of the Sudan Imminent?

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Sudan by ruben eberlein on June 25, 2009

konkret709My latest contribution to Konkret (7/09) deals with the intensification of the many conflicts in Africa’s biggest country. Some analysts even go so far as to predict a Somalia scenario any time soon. The warrant of arrest of the ICC for President Omar al-Bashir was supposed to raise the pressure on the Islamists, but some observers doubt that this strategy in fact succeeded. Read some English excerpts of that article here and find the original German version as pdf here. (more…)

Extremists Dreaming of a Somali Caliphate State on the Offensive

Posted in African Politics, Somalia by ruben eberlein on June 22, 2009

The situation in Mogadishu and Southern Somalia at large worsens day by day. It seems that nothing can stop the religious extremist groups from toppling the weak Transitional Federal Government (TFG) any time soon. The TFG is so desperate to even ask archenemy Ethiopia and other neighbouring countries to intervene. (more…)