The dispersal of the al-Qaida idea across many national territories takes some pressure off the "far enemy", the United States. But developments in Nigeria could represent a new danger for Washington and its allies.
the increasing popularity of Nigerian pop music, and the astoundingly
productive Nigerian film industry, Nollywood, Nigeria's creative industries are
attracting worldwide attention. Saratu Abiola looks at the problematic representations of women in the Nigerian media
The French-led military intervention in Mali both accelerates the war in the west African country and transforms its character. The prospect is of a long-term engagement that Islamist forces far beyond the region will see as an historic opportunity
Given such levels of violence against girls and women, it is a wonder
that so many Indians can feel superior while talking about the Taliban assault
in neighbouring Pakistan. It will take more to defeat the Taliban, be they of the Islamic, Hindu or any
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If the under or mis-reported
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the past few years have told us anything, it is that politics on the continent
does not always, or mostly, take place at the point of a gun.
Many powerful states tend to view current global conflicts through the lens of Islamism, and to put military action at the heart of the response. But the deeper roots and character of these conflicts are to be found in poverty and marginalisation, not ideology.
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