Italy Must Confront Its Past to Stave Off the Far-Right

This year’s seasonal springtime rise in temperatures is expected to deepen Europe’s refugee crisis by bringing about a significant rise in the number of harried migrants approaching its shores. Italy, with its long and porous coastline, remains among the most severely affected countries; 15,000 people have sought refuge in the country in the past three […]

The Road to Garissa

Shailja Patel stresses some historical facts which led to the late killings of Garissa, Kenya. By Shailja Patel 2015 the morning after a massacre   2014 #KasaraniConcentrationCamp: ”Operation Usalama Watch was launched on April 2, 2014, following a major terrorist attack last year and a series of smaller bombings in Nairobi and Mombasa. The name “Kasarani […]

Nigeria: the Imprint of Boko Haram on the Campaign

Olabisi Shoaga The forthcoming elections in Nigeria will be special in at least two ways from the preceding ones. First, they are the first elections since the country’s return to democratic rule in 1999 that will be contested by two similarly matched political parties: the People’s Democratic Party of the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and […]

Paris-France and Baga-Nigeria: Two Crimes, Two Standards

Olabisi Shoaga International reaction to the attacks on the  satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” and the Hebrew shop in Paris, in which seventeen people lost their lives, is not comparable to the attention for the Boko Haram massacre of an estimated two thousand people in Baga, North Eastern, Nigeria, earlier that same week. While international leaders […]