November 13, 2017 Africa/Global: Counterproductive Counterterrorism
What strategies work to counter terrorism effectively, whether in Africa or anywhere
else in the world? Few would claim to have a convincing answer to that question.
However, there is some real evidence of what strategies do not work and
are even counterproductive. For example, a new UNDP study studying recruitment to
violent extremism, based on interviews with former extremists in Nigeria, Kenya,
and Somalia, found a number of factors underlying the growth of violent extremism.
Particularly striking was the finding that 71 percent of recruits interviewed said
that it was some form of government action that was the 'tipping point' that triggered their final decision to join an
November 13, 2017 USA/Sahel: Questions Asked, Unasked, Half-Answered
The U.S. military presence in Africa, which has been growing steadily since the years
following the 9/11 attack, has been having a spotlight in U.S. media after the death of
four U.S. soldiers in Niger on October 4. But despite numerous questions raised, and
the prominent attention given to the characteristically obtuse and insensitive
response from the White House, the questions raised have been at best half-answered. And
fundamental questions about counterterrorism strategy and U.S. policy were left
unasked in the Washington-focused debate.
October 30, 2017 Africa/Global: Recent Books Read & Recommended
As with other publications largely focused on current events, AfricaFocus Bulletin is
confronted with an exponentially increasing bombardment of daily news. My approach as
the editor is to select a particular topic of interest, sometimes highlighted in the
news and sometimes not, and try to put it into context for readers with excerpts from
the most relevant sources. But I also find it essential to try to step back and
refresh my understanding of the wider context. For that, I find I must turn to books.
October 19, 2017 Somalia: Not Only a Somali Tragedy
"I think it's really quite tragic that a strategy run from Washington, D.C., and from
the European headquarters in Brussels pays so little attention when over 300 people
are killed, massacred, and another 500 people are struggling for their lives, and
that very little support comes from the United States and the European Union to help
the Somali government clean up this, help the people who have been injured or people
who have lost their parents or their children." - Dr. Abdi Samatar
October 9, 2017 Africa/Global: Tobacco Industry Targets Africa Markets
"British American Tobacco (BAT) and other multinational tobacco firms have threatened
governments in at least eight countries in Africa demanding they axe or dilute the
kind of protections that have saved millions of lives in the west, a Guardian
investigation has found. ... The giant tobacco firms hope to boost their markets in
Africa, which has a fast-growing young and increasingly prosperous population." - The
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August 29, 2017
Sierra Leone: Hard Lessons from Disaster
August 23, 2017
USA/Africa: No Policy? Bad Policy? Or Both?
August 8, 2017
Africa: Bridge to Education, or to Nowhere?
July 31, 2017
Africa: Visa Openness on the Agenda?
July 24, 2017
Kenya: Pre-election Commentaries, 2
July 24, 2017
Kenya: Pre-election Commentaries, 1
July 17, 2017
Congo (Kinshasa): Inga Dam Mirage Recedes, Again
July 10, 2017
Africa/Global: Following the Money
June 19, 2017
Africa/Europe: Mediterranean Trajectories
June 6, 2017
South Africa: #Guptaleaks - Will Heads Roll?
May 30, 2017
USA/Africa: "Pro-Death" Health Agendas Advance
May 24, 2017
Nigeria: Corruption Undercuts Boko Haram Fight
May 17, 2017
Africa/Global: Whose Energy?
May 8, 2017
Africa: World Bank Financing Land Grabs
April 25, 2017
Africa/Global: Media Repression 2.0
April 25, 2017
Zambia: From Democracy to Dictatorship?
April 17, 2017
Africa/Global: New Reports Show Massive Tax Losses
April 10, 2017
Africa: African Feminism Past and Present
April 3, 2017
South Africa: Rising Outcry for Zuma to Go
March 28, 2017
Liberia: Mining, Displacement, and the World Bank
March 21, 2017
Africa/Global: Scaling Up Solar