Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

Nigeria: The Big Clean-Up

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on April 3, 2016

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.

Terror in the Sahel

Posted in African Politics, Cote d'Ivoire, Global Africa by ruben eberlein on March 29, 2016

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.

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Somalia: A Profitable War

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Kenya, Somalia by ruben eberlein on February 1, 2016

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…)

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Terror Without Borders

Posted in African Politics, Cameroon, Chad, Global Africa, Niger, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on December 15, 2015

boko-600x338Here 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.

Nigeria: Committed to the Caliph

Posted in African Politics, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on April 17, 2015

1505TitelJungleYet another text about Boko Haram, its declaration of loyalty to the Islamic State and the fight against the Jihadists for Jungle World. This issue of the weekly deals with African Islamists from Nigeria to Somalia. Not only the terror of the Islamists is internationalising, so does the counter-insurgency. You can download the page of my report here.

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.

Nigeria: The Invisible Enemy

Posted in Nigeria by ruben eberlein on January 3, 2013

A text about the 2011 massacres by Boko Haram in Nigeria, published by Jungle World in January 2012 (in German). Read it here.

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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.