Military responses to Boko Haram have proved ineffective, as the latest atrocity in
Nigeria highlights. An alternative focused on good governance, policing and socio-economic
development, supported by the international community, would be much more
likely to succeed.
No, Shell are merely hoping that the
government will succeed in “pacifying” the Ogoni and then they will move in
proudly and calmly to continue to steal. They are in for a fight they will
For Boko Haram, 'western civilisation is forbidden'. In a context of poor school attendance among Muslims, especially poor Muslims, is the almajiri system of schooling it favours compatible with a peacebuilding project for the country?
que las nuevas potencias globales promuevan los derechos humanos fuera de sus
países a través de las Naciones Unidas supone que jugarán con las reglas viejas
y, para que esa presión sea efectiva, que los factores de derechos humanos
condicionarán sus relaciones bilaterales; ninguno de esos supuestos es
Expecting new global powers to promote
human rights abroad via the United Nations assumes that they will play by the
old rules and - if such pressure is to be effective - that human rights factors
will condition their bilateral relationships; neither is likely.Español.
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
How does al-Qaida see the tumult in the Arab world, the persistent conflict in other regions - and its own prospects? The movement commissions its longstanding management consultants to write a report, which is exclusively published on openDemocracy.
If the under or mis-reported
uprisings, protests, revolts and changes of regime in many parts of Africa over
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.
The creation of a Ministry for Homeland Security further entrenches a militarized vision of security centred on the state. This is an internal version of 'peacekeeping', not the 'peacebuilding' the country needs.