Colonialism, Coups and Conflict: Understanding Today’s Violence in the Central African Republic

By Devon Douglas-Bowers PART I The Central African Republic is now awash in media coverage over the ongoing sectarian violence and general upheaval in the country. But while many outlets discuss the volatile situation in the CAR, few analyses have put the violence in a historical context to discuss the way that countries like France,…

Nigeria: Unraveling the Mystery of Boko Haram

By Eric Draitser PART I: Regional Conflict, Resource War The most entertaining mysteries are the ones with compelling protagonists, enigmatic and often surreptitious antagonists, and surprising or shocking conclusions. Indeed, without these essential elements, one is unlikely to read the story at all. However, when it comes to politics and geopolitics, somehow our mass media…

Our Girls are Still not Home: Boko Haram and the Politics of Death

By Ajamu Baraka The ongoing humanitarian and human rights crisis in Northeastern Nigeria has deteriorated over the last week with the cross-border military clashes between Boko Haram and the military forces of Cameroon and Chad, and Boko Haram’s attacks on the northeastern Nigerian cities of Monguno and Maiduguri. On Sunday, initial reports from the strategically…

Africa 2014 in Review Part III : Counterrevolution, Neocolonialism and the Mass Struggle

Lessons from false starts and imperialist interventions By Abayomi Azikiwe Libya 360° Africa 2014 in Review Part I : Challenges for Genuine Independence and Development Africa 2014 in Review Part II : The Quest for Unity and the Role of Imperialism Mrs. Simone Gbagbo, the former first lady of Ivory Coast, made an appearance in…