Ivory Coast’s Maturing State Power: Court Convicts Soldiers of Civil War-Era Ex-Pat Murders

From Reuters: An Ivory Coast court convicted six ex-soldiers for the kidnapping, torture and murder of four foreigners in 2011 during a civil war that following a disputed election, the prosecution said. Gunmen kidnapped the four victims - two Frenchmen, a Beninese and a Malaysian - from the Novotel hotel in Abidjan in April 2011 … Continue reading Ivory Coast’s Maturing State Power: Court Convicts Soldiers of Civil War-Era Ex-Pat Murders

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The next French intervention in Africa will be in Mauritania before 2020

(This post originally appeared on Young-Diplomats.com and is written by David Allouche). Why is Mauritania next? France has been efficiently defending its interests in those countries through cultural and economic power, coupled with dozens of covert actions to overthrow leaders that refused to preserve France’s interests. France has used mercenaries, the most famous being Bob Denard, … Continue reading The next French intervention in Africa will be in Mauritania before 2020

How Can Boko Haram Sell Girls Into Slavery? The Answer, Dear Friends, Is All About State Power

Think back to your school days (or, if you're still in school, think back to yesterday).  In every social organization with enough people, there must be at least one complete and utter dick.  He or she is the least pleasant person in the world to be around, amasses power through intimidation, violence, or manipulation, and … Continue reading How Can Boko Haram Sell Girls Into Slavery? The Answer, Dear Friends, Is All About State Power