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The paradoxes of a soft dictatorship

For the second time in seven years, violent unrest has followed the presidential election in the small country of Gabon in West Equatorial Africa. The crisis started on August 28, when the candidate of the united opposition, Jean Ping (age 73), declared himself the winner of the presidential election. In the country’s capital, Libreville, people retreated into an anxious pause.

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Exploding enclosures in Africa and Europe (on Charlie Hebdo and Boko Haram)

This is the first of two essays on the theme of Islam in Europe and Africa. The second will appear after the Nigerian elections of 14 February and assess their possible impact on the war against Boko Haram.

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Charlie Hebdo. Damien Glez: “Ready to take up our pens and get back to drawing”

The internationally renowned Franco-Burkinabe cartoonist Damien Glez knew the Charlie Hebdo’s colleagues killed two days ago well. “They were key figures in the French press, brilliant cartoonists who would not want to see us cry, but instead fight for freedom.”

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‘We don’t believe in Nigeria’: Boko Haram declares an Islamic Caliphate

Nigeria – According to Boko Haram, north-eastern Nigeria no longer belongs to the Nigerian government. Instead, it’s now part of an Islamic Caliphate. We’re not yet sure who exactly this Caliphate answers to, but it’s certainly not President Goodluck Jonathan. What’s Jonathan going to do about it?

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Touaregs seek a secular and democratic multi-ethnic state

Lekorne, France – An interview with Europe’s spokesperson for the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), an armed separatist group in Mali.

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Nigeria: Super Eagles Go in Search of History in Brazil

Nigeria will go in search of history when they take on France in their World Cup second round match in Brasília on Monday. Twice before Nigeria have reached the second round of the World Cup, but on both occasions in 1994 and 1998, they exited in the first knockout stage. continue reading »

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