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April 7, 2014  Nigeria: Security Forces and Insecurity
    "Boko Haram is both a serious challenge and manifestation of more profound threats to Nigeria's security. Unless the federal and state governments, and the region, develop and implement comprehensive plans to tackle not only insecurity but also the injustices that drive much of the troubles, Boko Haram, or groups like it, will continue to destabilise large parts of the country. Yet, the government's response is largely military, and political will to do more than that appears entirely lacking." - International Crisis Group, April 3, 2014

March 25, 2014  Nigeria: Corruption & Its International Partners
    The Nigerian government has pledged to order a forensic audit of alleged missing oil receipts, which Central Bank Governor Lamido Sanusi reckoned at some $20 billion before his suspension by President Goodluck Jonathan in February. Previous experience with such audits has led Nigerians to be skeptical of the outcome. On a much earlier case, however, this month the U.S. Department of Justice froze some $458 million of assets embezzled by former dictator Sani Abacha and his colleagues during his years in office from 1993-1998.

February 26, 2014  Africa: Tracking Toxic Pollution
    The damages produced by modern economies, termed "externalities" by economists, most often do not figure in the market signals shaping corporate profits and therefore corporate decision-making. The result, both in advanced economies or around the world, includes not only the massive threat to our common future through global warming, but also extraordinary levels of toxic pollution disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable. Of the top ten toxic threats around the world identified in a new report, three are in Africa: the Agbogbloshie Dumpsite for e-waste in Ghana, the entire Niger Delta region in Nigeria, and the now-closed but still deadly lead mining site in Kabwe, Zambia.

October 27, 2013  Nigeria: Cycle of Violence in Northeast
June 5, 2013  Nigeria: Counterproductive Counterterrorism
Apr 11, 2013  Nigeria: #Offshoreleaks
Nov   5, 2012  Nigeria: "Security" Forces Escalate Insecurity
Jun 20, 2012  USA/Africa: Reject "Terrorist" Designation for Boko Haram
Jun   1, 2012  USA/Africa: Rising Pressures for Militarization
Aug 12, 2011  Nigeria: Past Time for Oil Cleanup, 2
Aug 12, 2011  Nigeria: Past Time for Oil Cleanup, 1
Mar 18, 2011  Nigeria: Can Elections be Fair?
Dec 14, 2010  USA/Africa: Wikileaks Highlights, 1
Oct 19, 2010  Nigeria: Enabling Corporate Crime
Oct   3, 2010  South Africa: Media Matters
Jun   5, 2010  USA/Nigeria: By Way of Comparison
Mar   5, 2010  Nigeria: New Human Development Report
Mar   5, 2010  Nigeria: Reforming Shell?
Oct 29, 2009  Africa: Climate Change and Natural Resources
Jun 12, 2009  Nigeria: Delta Violence Past & Present
Jun 12, 2009  Nigeria: Midterm Results Disappoint
Apr 14, 2009  USA/Nigeria: Halliburton Fallout
Oct 31, 2008  USA/Nigeria: Chevron on Trial
Jul 16, 2008  Nigeria: Curse of the Black Gold
Feb 26, 2008  Nigeria: Prison System Report
Aug 14, 2007  Nigeria: AIDS Advice Available
Aug   1, 2007  USA/Africa: Questioning AFRICOM, 2
May 14, 2007  Nigeria: Fair and Square?
May 14, 2007  Nigeria: Election Aftermath
Aug 13, 2006  Nigeria: Swamps of Insurgency
Nov 13, 2005  Nigeria: Delta Oil & Human Rights
Oct 27, 2005  Nigeria: Debt Deal Views
Oct   3, 2005  Africa: Whose Energy Future?
Jan 26, 2005  Nigeria: Human Rights Report Released
Sep 22, 2004  Nigeria: Shari'a Manipulation
Dec 18, 2003  Nigeria: Oil and Violence

Recent Bulletins on Continent-Wide Issues

March 31, 2014  Africa: Accountability for User Fee Damage?
February 26, 2014  Africa: Tracking Toxic Pollution
February 8, 2014  Africa: New Development Goals
January 27, 2014  Africa: Challenging Homophobia
November 18, 2013  Africa: Time to Pay for Climate "Loss and Damage"
November 12, 2013  Africa: Digital Divide to Power Divide

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Africa Policy E-Journal (1995-2003)

2003-06-22 Nigeria: AIDS, Media, and Prof. Ransome-Kuti
2003-05-13 Nigeria: Civil Society on Elections
2003-05-02 Nigeria: Local Leadership on Women's Rights
2003-04-11 Nigeria: Elections Briefing Paper
2003-04-03 Nigeria: Elections, Oil, and Violence
2003-02-03 Nigeria: Political Violence & Elections
2003-02-03 Nigeria: Great Decisions 2003
2002-12-07 Nigeria: Defending Democracy
2002-10-29 Nigeria: Niger Delta Updates
2002-07-09 Nigeria: Oil, Poverty, and Rights, 1
2002-07-09 Nigeria: Oil, Poverty, and Rights, 2
2002-04-02 Nigeria: Sharia Update / Background
2002-01-07 Nigeria: Updates and Background, 2
2002-01-07 Nigeria: Updates and Background, 1
2001-11-21 Nigeria: Call for New Debt Deal
2001-10-26 Nigeria: Massacre in Benue State
2001-07-29 Nigeria: Shell Oil Spill
2000-08-21 Nigeria: This House has Fallen
2000-06-10 Nigeria: Debt, Loot and the Economy
2000-03-08 Nigeria: Obasanjo on Sharia Crisis
1999-12-23 Nigeria: Odi Massacre Statements
1999-06-13 Nigeria: Human Rights Letter
1999-06-13 Nigeria: Delta Crisis Reports
1999-04-19 Nigeria: Eizenstat Speech
1999-04-19 Nigeria: Letter to Obasanjo
1999-02-26 Nigeria: The Price of Oil
1999-02-18 Nigeria: Election Monitoring, 1
1999-02-18 Nigeria: Election Monitoring, 2
1998-12-30 Nigeria: Election Monitoring Report
1998-12-30 Nigeria: Delta Update
1998-12-07 Nigeria: Constitution-Making
1998-10-25 Nigeria: Media Monitor (excerpts)
1998-10-25 Nigeria: Links to Recent Documents
1998-08-10 Nigeria: Ogoni Press Release
1998-08-10 Nigeria: Amnesty Issue Brief
1998-06-28 Nigeria: After Abacha, 1
1998-06-28 Nigeria: After Abacha, 2
1998-05-29 Nigeria: Recent Documents
1998-05-02 Nigeria: Recent Developments
1998-04-07 Nigeria: Maryland Sanctions
1998-04-07 Nigeria: Union Statements
1998-03-05 Nigeria: Africa Fund on Sanctions
1998-03-05 Nigeria: APIC Update Alert
1998-01-19 Nigeria: Ogoni Repression Alert
1998-01-07 Nigeria: Civil Liberties Organization, 2
1998-01-07 Nigeria: Civil Liberties Organization, 1
1997-11-03 Nigeria: Labor Actions
1997-11-03 Nigeria: Recent Documents
1997-10-13 Nigeria: Recent US Actions
1997-08-18 Nigeria: Action Alerts
1997-06-26 Nigeria: U.S. Mayors Resolution
1997-06-12 Nigeria: US Policy
1997-06-12 Nigeria: St. Louis Actions
1997-05-28 Nigeria: Recent Documents
1997-05-15 Nigeria: Shell Protests, 1
1997-05-15 Nigeria: Shell Protests, 2
1997-04-26 Nigeria: Africa Fund Update
1997-04-08 Nigeria: Recent Documents
1997-04-08 Nigeria: WCC Ogoni Report
1997-01-02 Nigeria: Church Meeting, 2
1997-01-02 Nigeria: Church Meeting, 1
1996-11-30 Nigeria: APIC Background Paper
1996-11-08 Nigeria: Amnesty Int. Statement
1996-11-08 Nigeria: Sierra Club on Saro-Wiwa
1996-10-05 Nigeria: Recent Documents
1996-08-15 Nigeria: Free Beko Kuti Campaign
1996-07-15 Nigeria: ACAS Alert; R&W Video
1996-06-05 Nigeria: Statements on Assassination
1996-05-23 Nigeria: HRW Letter (Excerpts)
1996-04-18 Nigeria: United Democratic Front
1996-03-24 Nigeria: Sanctions Need New Push
1996-03-13 Nigeria: InterPress on US Policy
1996-02-08 Nigeria: Recent Documents
1995-12-30 Nigeria: Legislative Action Alert
1995-12-30 Nigeria: 30 Years is Enough!
1995-12-12 Nigeria: AI on New York Times Ad
1995-11-18 Nigeria: Selected Action Alerts
1995-11-18 Nigeria: US Senate Bill Introduced
1995-11-01 Nigeria: Death Sentence for Activists
1995-07-13 Nigeria: New Reports on Ogoni Crisis
1995-06-22 Nigeria: Government Opponents Feared in Danger
1995-06-11 Nigeria: Recent Documents, Part 2
1995-06-11 Nigeria: Recent Documents, Part 1
1995-05-10 Nigeria: Trade Unionists Targeted
1995-03-17 Nigeria: Obasanjo Arrested

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