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March 22, 2021 Sahel: Questioning Counterterrorism?
“In the context of complex and protracted conflicts, it is time to
rethink the role of the international community and acknowledge its
limits. Today, success depends first and foremost on the willingness
(much more than on the capacity) of corrupt leaders to reform and
renew their social contract with citizens, especially in rural areas.
International efforts will fail as long as impunity prevails and
local armies can kill civilians and topple governments without
consequence.” - Chatham House Research Paper
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.
December 1, 2015 Africa/Global: Changing "the Media"
"I've thought a lot about the outrage over unequal media coverage
when it comes to attacks in the Western world vs death in 'other'
black and brown countries. I cringed when Barack Obama called the
Paris attacks an attack on 'all humanity'--as if brutal attacks in
Pakistan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Kenya and Somalia and Mexico are not
quite up to that benchmark. I agree that we in the media need to do
a better job ... [but] I can't help but think that the 'Why didn't
the media care about _____' stories will come, generate outrage
clicks and shares, and pass, without people really taking the time
to examine their own media consumption habits. ... the stories were
written, you just didn't click." - Karen Attiah, Nov. 17, 2015
April 17, 2014 Mali: Polls Show Turn to Optimism
Mar 26, 2013 Mali: Listening without Drones
Jan 15, 2013 Mali: No End to Conflict in Sight
Oct 15, 2012 Mali: No Shortcuts to Security
Jul 31, 2012 Mali: Warnings against Escalation
Aug 6, 2010 Africa: Migrant Rights Updates
Sep 3, 2007 Sahel: Beyond Any Drought
Recent Bulletins on Continent-Wide Issues
June 9, 2022 Africa/Global: Ukraine, Africa, and Our Planet
May 11, 2022 Africa/Global: Debt, IFFs, and Inequality in Africa
April 21, 2022 Africa/Global: Climate Put on Back Burner by War
March 25, 2022 Africa/Global: Updates from AfricaFocus
November 23, 2021 Africa/Global: From Climate Denial to Deceit and Delay
November 2, 2021 Africa/Global: The Heat is On! Time to Act!
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