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Empowering Local Women for Peace and sustainability in Northeast Nigeria

Posted by Jacob Jacob on June 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)



Few heartwarming stories come from Nigeria’s northeast region. In the last two years, the Boko Haram insurgency, poverty, Islamist fundamentalism and youth disenfranchisement have dominated news from the three states that make up the region. I was therefore overwhelmed last week when I ran into an inspiring story of women empowerment at the sidelines of the

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Boko Haram and the Clash of Narratives

Posted by Jacob Jacob on January 13, 2014 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau


The Englishman, Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888-1935) later renowned as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ in David Lean’s classic was one of the most bizarre guerrilla entrepreneurs during the First World War. Lawrence joined Arab Sheiks rebelling against Turkey, then an ally of Germany. With support from the British, Lawrence organised Sheiks and their followe...

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Tweet-Mapping the Libyan Crises

Posted by Jacob Jacob on March 12, 2011 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This is a dynamic mapping of the crises in Libya compiled from tweets from trusted accounts on Twitter. Due to the difficulty faced by international journalists in their coverage of the Libyan crises, regular tweets from trusted sources on ground are invaluable. The open source protests in North Africa has been markedly leveraged by the open source r...

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Libya on My Mind

Posted by Jacob Jacob on March 11, 2011 at 12:23 PM Comments comments (0)

While the EU, the UN and the US are wondering what to do with Libya, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is digging in. He's taken back the key town of Zawiyah and pushing relentlessly to take back the oil town Ras Lanuf. The EU in its meeting on Friday in Brussels seemed to be unable to reach a common position on the imposition of no-fly zone in Libya. If Gaddafi is determined to use violence against Libyans, there is nothing much a no-fly zone can do to stop him. A no-fly zone as a stand-al...

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Rape as an Instrument of Total War in Congo

Posted by Jacob Jacob on September 10, 2010 at 12:56 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Rape is not uncommon in times of war. During the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia for instance, tens of thousands of women were raped in an organised and systematic manner. In the Rwandan genocide of 1994 several thousands of women were also raped. There are cases also in Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Vietnam, Biafra and in several other conflicts where rape was used for the purpose of humiliating, shaming, degrading and even terrifying the enemy society. Indeed rape in warf...

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Another Rwandan Genocide?

Posted by Jacob Jacob on August 29, 2010 at 1:03 PM Comments comments (0)

 

When I conducted field studies in South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo at different periods between 2008 and early 2010, I met and discussed with several Rwandan Hutus. They repeatedly told me (across four towns in Uvira, Mwenga, Fizi and Walungu) that a genocide has been and was still being committed against Hutus by the Rwandan army and the Tutsi-led CNDP, generally believed to be backed by the Rwandan Government. A number of Congolese autochthons in those towns...

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Aid Aint Free: Britain's New Securitization of Aid

Posted by Jacob Jacob on August 29, 2010 at 12:59 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Talking about leaked documents, I came across this interesting article in today's Guardian Newspaper. A leaked document from the Department for International Development (DfID) lays out plans by the British Government to create a more intimate link between aid and security. The opposition Labour party has protested against what it sees as a new securitization of aid. Basically, the National Security Council will now control how parts of the Oversees Development Assistance budg...

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The Killing of Indian Peacekeepers

Posted by Jacob Jacob on August 18, 2010 at 1:13 PM Comments comments (0)

 

It was another sad day for the UN last Wednesday when three Peacekeepers were killed in North Kivu, eastern DRC. Seven others were seriously wounded in a pre-dawn attack by militias suspected to be members of the Mai Mai armed group in Kirumba. The attack took place in one of MONUSCO's Company Operating Bases (COB) - the 19 Kumaon Regiment in Kirumba. The base which has about 130 peacekeepers was attacked by about 60 militias with matchetes, spears and locally built guns....

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The Trial of Thomas Lubanga

Posted by Jacob Jacob on August 17, 2010 at 9:39 PM Comments comments (0)

 

On August 17, 2010, judges at the International Criminal Court sitting in the Hague granted victims participating in the trial of Thoms Lubanga the right to be part of the prosecution's appeal against the release of the former warlord.

 

Thomas Lubanga is standing trial at the ICC for crimes against humanity, relating particularly to his alleged enlisting, conscription and use of underaged children in war between 2002 and 2003 in Ituri - north eastern part of the...

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Between MONUC and MONUSCO: What's in a name?

Posted by Jacob Jacob on July 30, 2010 at 9:44 PM Comments comments (0)

 

The UN Mission in the DRC has entered the stabilisation phase. MONUC's mandate came to an end on June 30th. But so far, the only visible element of the transition is the change of name to MONUSCO (UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Congo) and the withdrawal of 2000 troops.

 

DRC President Joseph Kabila has been keen to get the UN out of his country, not necessarily because he's convinced the job's done, but because he thinks he can do with less int...

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