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More Good Ebola News

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Via the BBC we find that : 1)  Nigeria has been declared Ebola free Nigeria has been declared officially free of Ebola after six weeks with no new cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz, speaking in the capital Abuja, said it was a "spectacular success story". Nigeria won praise […]

Nigerian Government Hopeful That Kidnapped Schoolgirls Will Be Freed Next Week

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The Nigerian Government says it is hopeful that the schoolgirls who were kidnapped earlier this year by Boko Haram will be free early next week: Campaigners calling for the release of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls have said they are “cautiously optimistic” about a reported ceasefire between the government and al-Qaeda-linked militants that would include the […]

Senegal Declared Free Of Ebola

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Following in the footsteps of Nigeria, Senegal is the latest nation in Africa to beat back the spread of Ebola from the “hot zone” countries in the western part of the continent: GENEVA — The World Health Organization declared the West African nation of Senegal to be free of Ebola on Friday, a rare success […]

Sierra Leone Admits ‘Defeat’ In Ebola Fight, Allows Home Care Of The Infected

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Public health officials in Sierra Leone are admitting that the Ebola epidemic in that country is spreading faster than they are able to respond to it: FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Acknowledging a major “defeat” in the fight against Ebola, international health officials battling the epidemic in Sierra Leone approved plans on Friday to help families […]

Liberia Suspends Elections In Wake Of Ebola Epidemic

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With various reports describing the nation in near collapse, Liberia is canceling its national elections as Ebola continues to ravage the nation: Monrovia (AFP) – Ebola-hit Liberia has suspended nationwide elections in the latest measure to combat an epidemic which has shut down society in three west African nations, restricting travel and forcing the cancellation […]

Mind-Blowing Maps

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Trending on Twitter this morning is a collection of infographics compiled by Ezra Klein under the heading “22 maps and charts that will surprise you.”

CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million By January

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The Centers For Disease Control has a particularly grim forecast for Africa’s ongoing Ebola epidemic: Yet another set of ominous projections about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was released Tuesday, in a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that gave worst- and best-case estimates for Liberia and Sierra Leone based on […]

Entire Nation Of Sierra Leone On Lockdown Due To Ebola Epidemic

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The entire nation of Sierra Leone is essentially on lockdown due to the ongoing Ebola epidemic: FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — The most ambitious and aggressive government campaign against the Ebola epidemic gripping parts of West Africa began on Friday when Sierra Leone ordered everyone in the country to remain indoors for three days, suspending commerce, […]

Ebola Death Toll In West Africa Hits 1,200

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The Ebola epidemic in western Africa continues to spread: LONDON — As West African nations grapple with the worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that the death toll had exceeded 1,200 and announced increased efforts to forestall hunger in areas isolated by quarantine measures. The figure offered a […]

Muslim Brotherhood’s Political Party Banned

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Via the BBC:  Egypt court bans Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing Dissolving the Freedom and justice Party (FJP) was expected. The political wing of the banned Muslim Brotherhood movement can no longer compete in the next parliamentary elections, expected to be held before the end of this year. Its members can run either as individual candidates […]

Africa’s Ebola Crisis Hits 1,300 Cases

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With one of the Americans infected with the Ebola virus headed for Emory University’s hospital as we speak, we have reached the first time that a disease that has ravaged Africa in the past is being knowingly brought to North America. By all accounts, the steps that medical professionals are taking to ensure that the […]

Ugandan Anti-Gay Law Struck Down By Court

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A court in Uganda has declared that country’s controversial law against homosexuality, which has drawn widespread international condemnation, is unconstitutional: Uganda’s Constitutional Court has annulled tough anti-gay legislation signed into law in February. It ruled that the bill was passed by MPs in December without the requisite quorum and was therefore illegal. Homosexual acts were already […]

Nigerians Claim To Have Located Missing Schoolgirls, But Can’t (Won’t?) Rescue Them

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Some odd developments in Nigeria

Nigeria Delaying Search For Missing Schoolgirls

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The search for more than 200 missing Nigerian schoolgirls is not going well, and part of the blame lies with the Nigerian government.

U.S. Sends Marines To Chad To Aid In Search For Nigerian Schoolgirls

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Late yesterday, we learned that a contingent of about 80 marines is headed to Chad to aid in the ongoing search for more than 230 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram nearly six weeks ago: WASHINGTON — The United States has sent 80 troops to Chad in Central Africa to support a growing […]

Nigerian Islamist Terror Group Boko Haram Claims Responsibility For Kidnapping Of Schoolgirls

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Last week, I noted that we had reached the two week point since the kidnapping of 234 Nigerian schoolgirls and there had been little or no reporting on the story in the American media. Since that point, I have been happy to see the story receiving coverage on CNN and other networks, as well as […]

Nigeria’s GDP Largest in Africa

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Via the BBC:  Nigeria becomes Africa’s biggest economy Nigeria has "rebased" its gross domestic product (GDP) data, which has pushed it above South Africa as the continent’s biggest economy. Nigerian GDP now includes previously uncounted industries like telecoms, information technology, music, online sales, airlines, and film production. GDP for 2013 totalled 80.3 trillion naira (£307.6bn: […]

Ugandan President Signs Anti-Gay Bill That U.S. Evangelicals Helped Write Into Law

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The President of Uganda has signed into law a bill that places severe criminal penalties on homosexuals: LONDON — Brushing aside Western threats and outrage, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda significantly strengthened Africa’s antigay movement on Monday, signing into law a bill imposing harsh sentences for homosexual acts, including life imprisonment in some cases, according […]

Egyptian Referendum Results

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Via the BBC:  Egypt referendum: ‘98% back new constitution’ Egypt’s referendum on a new constitution has been backed by 98.1% of people who voted, officials say. Turnout was 38.6% of the more than 50-million eligible voters, the election committee said. I must confess, I am a tad skeptical about any result that takes days to […]

Egyptian Vote on New Constitution

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Via the BBC:  Egypt referendum: Vote under way amid tight security. The post-Mubarak era continues to muddle through to establish a new consolidated set of rules under which to govern, with the military continuing to be the central player in Egyptian politics. I have not reviewed the proposed new charter, although press accounts indicate that […]

Return to the Events in Benghazi

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And The Winner Of The African Good Governance Award For 2013 Is……. Nobody

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Once again, an award meant to highlight good governance on the continent of Africa goes to nobody: LONDON — For the fourth time in five years, a prestigious multimillion-dollar prize offered to African leaders for good governance went unawarded on Monday, renewing questions about the stringency of its rules, the paucity of contenders and the […]

Africa’s Size

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This map and comparison (via io9) is pretty awesome, because it really provides a better view of the size of the African continent than go most maps, which due to the nature of standard projections makes the northern hemisphere look larger than it is (and conversely makes the southern hemisphere look too small).  I seen […]

Nelson Mandela Released from Hospital

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Reports of Nelson Mandela’s death were premature.

US and UK Concerned about Zimbabwe’s Elections

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Via the BBC:  US and UK concern over Zimbabwe election results The US and UK have expressed concern after official results from Zimbabwe’s elections gave President Robert Mugabe a seventh term in office amid claims of electoral fraud. US Secretary of State John Kerry said the results did not "represent a credible expression of the […]

Least Surprising Headline of the Day

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Via the BBC:  Zimbabwe election was ‘huge farce’ – Morgan Tsvangirai. Mr Tsvangirai spoke shortly after the monitors from the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) said the poll was "seriously compromised". In a statement, the ZESN said that potential voters were turned away from 82% of polling stations in urban areas, where support for Mr […]

More Protests in Egypt

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Via the BBC:  Egypt prepares for rival Ramadan protests Supporters and opponents of the ousted Egyptian Islamist President Mohammed Morsi are preparing to stage large rallies in Cairo on the first Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan. Mr Morsi’s supporters are gathering in their thousands in the east of the city to call for […]

More on Defining Coups

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Jonathan M. Powell of Nazarbayev University has some thoughts on Egypt’s Coup which includes a quick survey of political science literature on the subject of coups.  He includes this rather straightforward definition that is pretty much in alignment with the one I offered earlier today: Different scholars might be interested in different research questions, and […]

Some Basic Political Science Regarding Egypt

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Some thoughts on the ongoing situation in Egypt.

U. S. Aid to Egypt Is Complicated

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The complicated issues surrounding U.S. aid to Egypt.

Egypt’s Grim Economics

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Whatever the news media may be reporting I believe that the anger at Mohamed Morsi that lead to Egypt’s military ousting him was primarily due to economic factors. Egypt has a trade deficit of about $30 billion per year, about 14% of Egypt’s economy. Egypt’s primary sources of foreign exchange are, in descending order, remittances […]

The Tiger or the Tiger: What’s Ahead for Egypt?

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There is either a military government or an Islamist one in Egypt’s future.

Military Asserts itself in Egypt

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Via the BBC:  Egypt’s army gives parties 48 hours to resolve crisis Egypt’s army has given the country’s rival parties 48 hours to resolve a deadly political crisis. It would offer its own "road map" for peace if Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and his opponents failed to heed "the will of the people", it said. […]

Remember Libya?

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Libya continues to teeter on the brink of chaos.

UK Sends Troops to Mali and West Africa

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Via the BBC:  Mali crisis: 350 UK military personnel sent to West Africa The UK is to deploy about 350 military personnel to Mali and West Africa to support French forces, No 10 has said. This includes as many as 40 military advisers who will train soldiers in Mali and 200 British soldiers to be […]

Egyptian Military Chief Warns of “collapse of the state”

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Via the BBC:  Egypt’s army chief warns of ‘state collapse’ amid crisis "The continuing conflict between political forces and their differences concerning the management of the country could lead to a collapse of the state and threaten future generations," Gen Sisi, who is also Egypt’s defence minister, said. He said the economic, political and social […]

Malik Obama Running for Kenya Governorship

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Amusing in light of the birther nonsense:Obama half brother Malik seeks Kenya governor’s office.

The Proposed Egyptian Constitution

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Matthew Shugart reads the draft Egyptian constitution, so you don’t have to. He looks, as is his wont, at the basic institutional configuration of executive and legislative power, as well as a few other tidbits.

Institutional Clash in Egypt

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They are playing the game without rules in Egypt.

More Changes to the Egyptian Military

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Via the BBC:  Egypt retires 70 army generals. On the one hand, this looks like further assertion of control by President Mursi, as this appears to be the government deciding that the retirements will take place.  On the other hand, it does not appear that all the retirements mean removal from the centers of power: […]

Opposition Leader In Togo Calls On Women To Go On ‘Sex Strike’ To Protest Government

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The leader of an opposition party in the African nation of Togo is calling for a rather unique protest: A Togolese opposition leader is calling on women to go on a weeklong sex strike to demand the freedom of protesters detained ahead of elections in the West African nation. Police arrested about 120 opposition supporters […]

Egyptian President Fires Senior Military Leaders

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The new President Egypt has taken the boldest step yet in the power struggle that has raged between civilian and military authorities since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak: CAIRO — President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt forced the retirement on Sunday of his powerful defense minister, the army chief of staff and several senior generals, in a stunning purge that […]

Cameroon’s “Missing” Olympians

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Eight of Cameroon’s 37 Olympians are “missing.”

Setting the Stage for Confrontation in Egypt?

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Via the BBC:  Egypt’s parliament convenes despite dissolution Egypt’s parliament has briefly convened, despite the ruling military council ordering it to be dissolved. The country’s new President, Mohammed Mursi, had ordered the assembly to meet in defiance of the ruling. Earlier, the council said the decision to dissolve parliament must be upheld. The military closed […]

Mursi Sworn in as Egyptian President

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However, he and his party have hardly taken over.

Africa, Asia Dominate 2012 “Failed States” Index

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Foreign Policy is out today with its 8th annual Failed States index and, as you can see from the map above, the vast majority of these states are in Africa and Asia. In fact, of the twenty nations labeled “failed states,” only four — Colombia, Bolivia, The Philippines, and Papua New Guinea — are not located on […]

Mohammed Morsi Declared Winner Of Egyptian Presidential Election

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The candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood is the next President of Egypt, but the political future of Egypt itself remains quite murky.

Egyptian Election Results Due Tomorrow

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The slow motion election continues at least one more day.

Back to the Square One

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Via the BBC: Egypt anti-military protesters fill Tahrir Square. The military has certainly given Egyptians plenty to be concerned about (dissolution of parliament, the granting of powers to itself, and now taking its own sweet time counting votes in the presidential election). The degree to which the protests can match the intensity and significance of […]

Mubarak May (or May not be) Dead

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CNN’s e-mail alert states that he is dead. However, CNN proper reports:  Mixed reports about whether Mubarak has died. Also, the BBC:  Egypt’s Mubarak ‘close to death’ There are conflicting reports about the health of ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. Some media reports say he is clinically dead, but Nile TV said attempts were continuing […]

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