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    Boko Haram Attacks Nigerian Newspaper Offices and University

    The past week has been a bloody one for Nigeria. Attacks in the capital city of Abuja and across the north have strongly implicated the Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram. Yesterday, a suicide bomber targeted the police commissioner of Jalingo’s motorcade. Although the attacker missed the motorcade, 11 people were … More

    A Year after Osama bin Laden's Death: Al-Qaeda Alive and Kicking

    Nearly a year ago, America did the world a favor and killed Osama bin Laden. Now the Obama Administration is taking credit for al-Qaeda’s defeat. Not so fast! Since 9/11, the United States has foiled 50 terrorist plots on U.S. soil, including two so far this year. In January, Sami … More

    A Return to War for Sudan and South Sudan?

    Not even a year after South Sudan’s independence from Sudan, the world’s newest country is already on the brink of war with its longtime foe. Last week, South Sudanese troops (otherwise known as the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army, or SPLA) occupied the oil-rich town of Heglig in Sudan—host to the … More

    Scribecast: How Kony 2012 Went Viral

    Invisible Children brought worldwide attention to Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army with a wildly popular documentary called “Kony 2012.” The 30-minute film depicted Kony’s violent militia in Central Africa. It currently has more than 87 million views on YouTube. The film’s success raised awareness about Kony and also … More

    Our Dangerous Dependence on Foreign Chocolate

    America is addicted to chocolate.  Foreign chocolate. A majority of us consume chocolate each day.  Although the U.S. produces only 6% of the world’s cocoa, we consume more than 20%. The threat is obvious.  It’s time for government to step in and promote alternatives. Any day, President Obama will be … More

    Comprehensive Strategy Needed to Counter Boko Haram

    When Boko Haram, a Nigerian terrorist insurgency, reemerged from its year-long hiatus in 2010, few in Washington took notice. The bombing of the United Nations headquarters last August in Abuja changed this. Last November, the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence of the House Homeland Security Committee released a report and … More

    The Bitter Fruit of Libya’s "Arab Spring"

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Libyan Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib yesterday and expressed optimism about Libya’s future. But Libya faces major problems in making the difficult transition to a stable democracy. Libya’s “Arab Spring,” which appeared to have a bright future after the fall of Muammar Qadhafi’s dictatorship … More

    Congressman Donald Payne: A Strong Voice for African Policy Silenced

    U.S. policy toward sub-Saharan Africa seldom achieves headline status except in times of most acute crisis. Yet the vast continent of one billion, with all its hope, problems, and conflicts, requires sustained, high-level U.S. attention. Given the constraints on time of the President and Secretary of State, it often falls … More

    The Many Faces of Bahrain's Opposition Movement

    A year after the “Arab Spring” struck Bahrain, the opposition movement has changed significantly from its original supporters. Initiated by a youth movement demanding political reform, the campaign, though still including a young population, has evolved into a mass political movement with a broad array of political backgrounds. The following … More

    The 2012 Index of Economic Freedom: Africa Still Rising

    Yesterday, Heritage’s 2012 Index of Economic Freedom was released, and Africa features prominently. With an average score gain of 0.2 points, reflecting a net gain of economic freedom in 22 countries, sub-Saharan Africa is once again the most improved region. While scores of Western nations have seen their ratings plummet … More