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Libya's Descent to a Failed State

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

The failure of last year's election to achieve political unity in Libya was most evident when Fajr Libya, or "Libya Dawn" -- a diverse coalition of armed groups that includes an array of Islamist militias -- rejected the election's outcome and seized control of Tripoli.

Multinational Force Launches Offensive On Boko Haram

AP | By KRISTA LARSON and DALATOU MAMANE | Posted 03.09.2015 | World

N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Forces from Chad and Niger opened a new front in the regional military fight against the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, ...

Big Man Bibi

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics
Paul Stoller

In the face of such powerful opposition, how can we account for Bibi's stubborn determination? Why is he so resolute? Why all the bluster and bombast? Anthropologists have a deceptively simple answer: Bibi is behaving like a Melanesian Big Man.

Official Blames Nigeria For Bombing Dozens Of Civilians Gathered For Funeral

Reuters | Posted 02.18.2015 | World

NIAMEY, Feb 18 (Reuters) - At least 36 civilians were killed when a military plane bombed a funeral party in a Niger border village,...

Boko Haram Attacks Another Of Nigeria's Neighbors

AP | DALATOU MAMANE and KRISTA LARSON | Posted 04.08.2015 | World

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Nigeria's Islamic extremists invaded a second country in the region Friday, attacking two towns in a part of Niger that is alre...

Well-Being in the World

Paul Stoller | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Paul Stoller

On these dark and dreary February days the news has been hard to stomach. The brutality of videotaped ISIS executions has been gut-wrenching. In the...

Pulling Our Punches in Paris and Beyond

John K. Herr | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
John K. Herr

The proper response to the Charlie Hebdo murders is not to jail "blasphemers" of any persuasion, whether they hold a pen or a microphone.

Churches Torched In Anti-Charlie Hebdo Protests

Reuters | Posted 03.19.2015 | World

By Abdoulaye Massalaki NIAMEY, Jan 17 (Reuters) - At least five people were killed on Saturday in protests in Niger against Charlie He...

The Hidden Hand Behind 'Natural' Disasters

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.07.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Floods and droughts in many parts of the world are getting ever more frequent and intense. Scientists have long warned that a changing climate is making such weather events more extreme. What is often neglected in the public debate is that the impacts of climate change on flood and drought disasters are exacerbated by environmental destruction.

Pat Roberts, Congenital Liar

Joseph C. Wilson | Posted 11.28.2014 | Politics
Joseph C. Wilson

As Roberts desperately struggles to cling to office, he is trying to hoodwink the voters one more time. He never expected that the fact he doesn't have a Kansas home would be exposed. But he's been misleading about more than his address for years.

Islamic Extremism in Africa

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.25.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

In spite of all the resources devoted to fighting Somalia-based Al Shabaab in recent years, the group has grown stronger, and continues to cross the region's borders with impunity. The same is true with Boko Haram in Nigeria and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

There Are 400 Million More People In Poverty Than Previously Believed

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact

A new study more accurately reflecting "the actual lives of the poor" has been released, and the numbers are not worth celebrating. According to t...

Kenya, Corruption, and Terrorism

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Kenya is too important to fail. The government knows it, and so donor governments. So its dependence on foreign aid will also continue. Let us hope that Kenya does not become part of the African Confederation of Failed States.

The World's 10 Deadliest Countries for Children and What You Can Do About It

Nick Pearson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Nick Pearson

The vast majority of these deaths are preventable and result from extreme poverty conditions in the world's poorest countries.

Deserts on Three Continents, Part 3: The Sahara: Into the Sandbox on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 04.27.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

At over 3.6 million square miles, the Sahara is the world's largest desert if you exclude the icy wastes of the Arctic and Antarctica. Unfortunately I...

Respecting the Future in the Life and Cinematic Work of Jean Rouch

Paul Stoller | Posted 04.18.2014 | Arts
Paul Stoller

Known in Europe and Africa for his highly creative work in documentary film, Rouch's work helped to spark The New Wave of French filmmaking, inspiring filmmakers like Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.

Journalists Freed In Niger

AP | Posted 04.01.2014 | Media

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger has freed two journalists and an activist who were detained this week as part of a recent spate of arrests condemned by i...

The Craziest Market in the World: The Bamako Death Market

Paula Froelich | Posted 03.31.2014 | Travel
Paula Froelich

When I went to Bamako, Mali, these baskets are what I expected to find. Then I went to the Death Market. Fun fact: People in the Wes...

France's 19th Century Foreign Policy Fails in 2014

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Since Operation Sangaris was launched, however, the French military has proven powerless to stop the sectarian violence, which took more than a thousand lives in Bangui last month.

Africa's Sahel Region To Receive $8.25 Billion

AP | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS -- UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The World Bank and the European Union are pledging $8.25 billion to boost economic growth and fight poverty ...

Official: Bodies Of 92 Migrants Found In Desert

AP | Posted 10.31.2013 | World

DAKAR, Senegal -- DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The governor of Niger's Agadez province confirms that 92 bodies have been recovered in the desert, after tru...

A World Without Contraception Is No Place for People

John Seager | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
John Seager

Let's pretend that the right-wing anti-contraception crusaders get their way and ban all birth control in the United States. From this day forward, sex is solely for procreation. In short: It would be a disaster. How can I be so sure?

Wells Bring Hope: The Clean Water Savior

Clarissa Burt | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Clarissa Burt

"There is no greater need than to have access to safe drinking water," says Barbara Goldberg, Founder and President of Wells Bring Hope, a non-profit charity organization dedicated to saving lives in West Africa.

Body Falls From Air France Jet In Niger

AP | Posted 09.24.2013 | World

NIAMEY, Niger — Niger's interior minister says a body fell from an Air France plane as it approached the West African country's capital, Niamey,...

A Special Birthday Wish for Helen Keller

Kathy Spahn | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Kathy Spahn

Achieving the elimination of blinding trachoma in 2015 in Mali and Niger will reinforce the promise of global elimination for 2020 and can save the sight of thousands of children and adults. It can also serve as one of the greatest tributes to Helen Keller's legacy the world has ever seen.