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Forum: Africa 07-23-2015
Replies: 241
Views: 134,719
Posted By KingJaja
Hi, It's been a long time. Boko Haram...

Hi,

It's been a long time.

Boko Haram has come to stay, so the Nigerian State have to find a way to adjust to that reality.

The Nigerian State with an incompetent police, no biometric ID...
Forum: Africa 12-01-2014
Replies: 241
Views: 134,719
Posted By KingJaja
Nigerian Government Calls Halt to U.S. Training for Army

I knew it would come to this, they'll probably seek the services/advice or Sri Lanka, Russia, North Korea or China - people who use the same brutal methods they are comfortable with.


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Forum: Africa 09-07-2014
Replies: 241
Views: 134,719
Posted By KingJaja
Comparison of Nigerian Army operations in Sierra Leone/Liberia & against Boko Haram

Interesting comparison of the similarity in behaviour of the Nigerian Army in Sierra Leone/Liberia & in its present operations against Boko Haram.


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Forum: Africa 09-06-2014
Replies: 241
Views: 134,719
Posted By KingJaja
Review of interesting book dealing with the...

Review of interesting book dealing with the history of religious tensions in Northern Nigeria:



http://www.farooqkperogi.com/2014/09/brave-new-book-historicizes-northern.html
Forum: Africa 09-05-2014
Replies: 241
Views: 134,719
Posted By KingJaja
It will work VERY WELL with Nigerian Christians....

It will work VERY WELL with Nigerian Christians. Sometimes you forget the dynamics are a bit different in Nigeria.
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 08-31-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 22,061
Posted By KingJaja
ISIS Isn’t the Real Enemy. The “Game of Thrones” Medieval Mindset That Birthed It Is.

Very interesting perspective on ISIS and the shaping of the Muslim mind.


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Forum: Global Issues & Threats 08-27-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 18,824
Posted By KingJaja
US driven policy prescriptions for Africa -...

US driven policy prescriptions for Africa - championed by IMF/World Bank, failed woefully during the 1980s/90s. That is one reason why China is quite popular here. Africa's affinity for China isn't...
Forum: Middle East 08-24-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 31,489
Posted By KingJaja
Let me summarize this is simple words. ...

Let me summarize this is simple words.

There's a lot at play here, not just "terrorism". Quite simply the post-colonial order is dying.

But whose "post-colonial order"? Quite simply the British...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 08-23-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 18,824
Posted By KingJaja
Davidbfpo US relationship with Africa...

Davidbfpo



US relationship with Africa hasn't changed that much since the Cold War, very little innovation, no new thinking - nothing new really. It all boils down to aid, oil & gas and...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 08-23-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 18,824
Posted By KingJaja
Interesting story on growing trade/interpersonal links between Africa & China.

The relationship between China and Africa is rapidly evolving - and demands a much more nuanced treatment than the scare stories that are the staple of Western media.


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Forum: Middle East 08-21-2014
Replies: 1,149
Views: 242,545
Posted By KingJaja
I don't know, but political rhetoric in quite of...

I don't know, but political rhetoric in quite of few key nations could lead to serious trouble. The fault lines already exist.
Forum: Middle East 08-21-2014
Replies: 1,149
Views: 242,545
Posted By KingJaja
The West keeps creating & reacting to situations...

The West keeps creating & reacting to situations in the Islamic World - but the outcome is almost always beyond its control.

Opportunists take advantage of the chaos - we've seen this is Iraq,...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 08-19-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 18,824
Posted By KingJaja
That isn't how business men think $210...

That isn't how business men think

$210 billion could grow to $1 trillion in ten years if trade is aggressively pursued.
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 08-19-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 18,824
Posted By KingJaja
Africa/China trade was $10.6 billion in 2000. It...

Africa/China trade was $10.6 billion in 2000. It is now $210 billion. If the US doesn't have a response to that, then it should consign itself to future irrelevance in Africa. It is that simple.
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Forum: Middle East 08-19-2014
Replies: 1,149
Views: 242,545
Posted By KingJaja
Pope Endorses Use of Force in Iraq to Protect Minorities

How significant is this?

It might not be significant to Christian communities in the West, but I'm wondering about its impact on Christian communities in say, Africa - if the Pope adopts this...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 08-18-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 18,824
Posted By KingJaja
Another automobile collaboration: Chinese & Ghanaian business men

My point is that the trading relationship between Africa and China is infinitely more complex than the "Zambian copper mine" stories Western Media is so fond of.

And every year this relationship...
Forum: Africa 08-18-2014
Replies: 241
Views: 134,719
Posted By KingJaja
Religion and Politics in Nigeria.

Just to add that religion features heavily in the run up to the 2015 elections here. Massive whisper campaign - opposition party (Muslim dominated) is being painted as "Muslim Brotherhood", allusions...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 08-17-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 18,824
Posted By KingJaja
David, The two most important French...

David,



The two most important French colonies in West Africa are Ivory Coast & Senegal. I call them colonies because the relationship between France and Francophone Africa would be unthinkable...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 08-17-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 18,824
Posted By KingJaja
David, What do you think the French...

David,



What do you think the French have been doing for the past 50 years? Or do you think Total (the major French oil company) - is not some form of state-directed investment?

Europe has...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 08-17-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 18,824
Posted By KingJaja
David, How did the US, UK and other...

David,



How did the US, UK and other European nations get African nations to pay up their debts?

I lived through it, it was the formative experience of my youth - 1980s/90s. It was tough,...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 08-17-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 18,824
Posted By KingJaja
Bill, Nuanced view of the Chinese & Africa -...

Bill,

Nuanced view of the Chinese & Africa - nobody believes they are saints. And I'm seeing a lot more "Blackanese" kids in Lagos.

http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/chinas-model-for-africa/
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Forum: Global Issues & Threats 08-17-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 18,824
Posted By KingJaja
I'll respond in time, but let me just add that...

I'll respond in time, but let me just add that the Chinese aren't just building infrastructure or extracting minerals from the ground - they are also doing a lot of very good business with locals.
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Forum: Global Issues & Threats 08-16-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 18,824
Posted By KingJaja
Bill, A problem I have with many...

Bill,



A problem I have with many Westerners is they don't seem to understand how multifaceted or how dynamic the China-Africa relationship is. Most point to Chinese treatment of workers in...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 08-16-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 18,824
Posted By KingJaja
Bill, I live in Africa, I'm really...

Bill,



I live in Africa, I'm really trying to figure out how US is changing the status quo here. You see, there's a world of difference between US rhetoric (which I admit is as intoxicating as...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 08-16-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 18,824
Posted By KingJaja
Davidbfo, US policy is Africa is to...

Davidbfo,



US policy is Africa is to follow the lead of the ex-colonial power (e.g Congo with the Belgians who had Lumumba killed, Francophone Africa presently) or just stay neutral (e.g....
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