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Thinking Aloud: Learning the Right Lessons from Gambia

Feb. 1, 2017 by Darius  Two weeks ago, Yahya Jammeh, the man who had ruled the small West African nation of Gambia with an iron fist for the last 22 years, boarded a plane and flew into exile.  Jammeh’s departure … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Nigeria: 347 Shiites Buried in Mass Grave, Inquiry Told”

“Nigeria: 347 Shiites Buried in Mass Grave, Inquiry Told” Newsweek, April 12, 2016 http://www.newsweek.com/nigeria-347-shiites-buried-mass-grave-inquiry-told-446703 “Hundreds of Nigerian Shiites were buried in a single mass grave following clashes with the military, an inquiry heard on Monday, as lawyers for the detained … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Thieves of State”

July 8, 2015 by Darius  I recently read Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security by Sarah Chayes, who was formerly affiliated with the US military and spent 10 years in Afghanistan.  Simple yet extraordinarily powerful, Thieves of State … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Weak Power Grids in Africa Stunt Economies and Fire Up Tempers”

“Weak Power Grids in Africa Stunt Economies and Fire Up Tempers” The New York Times, July 4, 2015, p.A1 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/03/world/africa/weak-power-grids-in-africa-stunt-economies-and-fire-up-tempers.html?_r=0 “With winter here in South Africa, the worst blackouts in years are plunging residents into darkness in poor townships and … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “In Nigeria, The Hustle that Makes Lagos Bustle”

“In Nigeria, The Hustle that Makes Lagos Bustle” The Christian Science Monitor, June 28, 2015 http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2015/0628/In-Nigeria-the-hustle-that-makes-Lagos-bustle “All of Lagos is a mobile supermarket.  Informal stalls selling soccer jerseys, mangoes, and iPhone cables sprout between its buildings like plants growing in … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Looting Machine,” The Book

May 31, 2015 by Darius  Africa’s mineral resources are arguably unmatched anywhere in the world: it holds 15% of the world’s crude oil reserves, 40% of its gold, 80% of its platinum, the world’s richest diamond mines, and massive deposits … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State”

“The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State” Der Spiegel, April 18, 2015 http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/islamic-state-files-show-structure-of-islamist-terror-group-a-1029274.html “Aloof.  Polite.  Cajoling.  Extremely attentive.  Restrained.  Dishonest.  Inscrutable. Malicious.  The rebels from northern Syria, remembering encounters with him months later, recall completely different facets … Continue reading

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