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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
    "In an Afrobarometer survey in December 2012, three quarters of adult Malians were worried that the country was moving in 'the wrong direction.' At that time, at the depths of a profound national crisis, most Malians thought the future looked bleak. A year later, however, a follow-up survey reveals newfound hope in the future. By December 2013, two thirds of all Malians now consider that that the country is headed in the 'right direction.'"

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

November 13, 2017  Africa/Global: Counterproductive Counterterrorism
October 30, 2017  Africa/Global: Recent Books Read & Recommended
October 9, 2017  Africa/Global: Tobacco Industry Targets Africa Markets
September 25, 2017  Africa/Global: How Women Lose from Tax Injustice
August 8, 2017  Africa: Bridge to Education, or to Nowhere?
July 31, 2017  Africa: Visa Openness on the Agenda?

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