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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.