the global media were transfixed by the Islamist killings in Paris, Boko Haram was
engaging in further massacres in north-east Nigeria and even over the border in
Cameroon. How has its campaign escalated?
Are universities necessarily
transformative spaces for women students? Research at the University of Ibadan,
Nigeria, raises critical questions around how conservative gender norms are
replicated by young students, in particular in the burgeoning culture of
religious student organisations.
concerned about the fact that we download a lot about ourselves yet upload very
little into mainstream media, no matter which media we are talking about”,
Sandra Mbanefo Obiago, Nigerian filmmaker and writer, speaks to Nana
Darkoa Sekyiamah about her passion for all forms of creativity.
worldwide are calling for action to bring back the kidnapped
schoolgirls in Nigeria. But concern for the girls demands that we think
carefully about the harmful consequences of proposed solutions – especially
those calling for US military intervention.
world's attention focuses on northern Nigeria with the abduction of
schoolgirls from Chibok, Fatimah Kelleher explores the importance of
understanding the voices and agency of northern Nigerian women's own activism
Clarion calls on social media for action in Africa have once again become an excuse to flex military muscle, as the rhetoric of 'humanitarian' interventions is increasingly outfitted with the tactics of the war on terror.
Military responses to Boko Haram have proved ineffective, as the latest atrocities in
Nigeria highlight. 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. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Emerging Powers and Human Rights. 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.