Tag Archive for Nigeria

Africa Notes: Famous Africans, Kony 2012, and a Cocoa Map






Famous Africans Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is on Time Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the World. Other Africans who made the list include: South African Paralympic medalist Oscar Pistorius, Egyptian Samira Ibrahim, Tunisian scholar-politician Rached Ghannouchi, and Gambian Fatou Bensouda, the new head of the International Criminal Court. Kony 2012 Opinio Juris…

Africa Notes: Boko Haram and a failed special forces rescue attempt






Boko Haram is increasingly capturing the media’s attention. Its members have engaged in an unfortunately consistent set of attacks on the Nigerian population over the last two years. As Richard Dowden says in a blog post today (“Boko Haram – More Complicated Than You Think”), this group began as a somewhat peaceful group. For Dowden,…

Course Notes – IL: ATS and Corporate Persons






As I mentioned in class on Monday, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments this week on two cases Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority. These cases concern the Alien Tort Statute, an almost-forgotten law that allows foreigners who violate serious international legal rules and norms to be held accountable in the…

Democracy in West Africa






A couple stories to watch: In Nigeria, elections in the southeastern Anambra state, were marred by allegations of fraud and claims of disenfranchisement.  The concern is what this might signal for next year’s Presidential election. Fortunately, the election itself was largely peaceful… this time. Meanwhile, in Cote d’Ivoire, many are claiming they are being disenfranchised…

Nigeria, Airport Security, and US Africa Policy






I’ve been away from this blog for the holidays, but now that I’m back I’m ready to start commenting on the recent news about the terrorism scare in Nigeria. Consider the clip of the BBC news report posted below. The US has singled out Nigeria for tougher airport security rules.  Now this MIGHT be a…

News that interested me






Sarkozy seeks peace role in Africa from Financial Times IMF dampens hopes of aid to Zimbabwe from Financial Times Nigeria: Opposition gang up against gov’t from Africa News Are Coups d’Etat Making a Comeback by Deo Lukyamuzi at African Arguments