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  1. I don't think any African policy maker believes...

    I don't think any African policy maker believes Trump is a friend of the continent, or takes the continent seriously or has anything apart from barely concealed disdain about the continent.

    But...
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    Cameroon is Burning

    Please read the link below and watch the video.

    https://theintercept.com/2018/07/26/cameroon-executions-us-ally/

    Togo has also been in turmoil, its dictator doesn't want to leave.

    Troubling...
  3. Sorry for the long hiatus. My response to this...

    Sorry for the long hiatus. My response to this thread will be a bit off tangent, but let me make a few points with respect to Africa's evolution.

    1. In Nigeria, youth under/unemployment is in the...
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    Hi, It's been a long time. Boko Haram has...

    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...
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    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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    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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    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
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    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.
  9. 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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  10. 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...
  11. Let me summarize this is simple words. There's...

    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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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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    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.
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    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,...
  16. That isn't how business men think $210 billion...

    That isn't how business men think

    $210 billion could grow to $1 trillion in ten years if trade is aggressively pursued.
  17. 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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    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...
  19. 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...
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    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...
  21. 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...
  22. David, What do you think the French have...

    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...
  23. David, How did the US, UK and other...

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    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,...
  24. 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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  25. 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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