Oil Over Troubled Waters?

Oil Over Troubled Waters?

In 2007, Tullow Oil and partner Kosmos Energy discovered substantial petroleum reserves in the Jubilee field 37 miles off the coast of Ghana. Oil production began in December 2010, attended by rather inflated expectations of sudden wealth for this rapidly developing...
From the Frontlines: June 21, 2010

From the Frontlines: June 21, 2010

“Conservatives have declared a new class war, but it’s not on bankers earning seven-figure bonuses,” even though “[a] recent study [finds] that when such factors as education and work experience are accounted for, state and local employees earn...

Loose Oil Is a Way of Life in West Africa

I believe it was Amiri Baraka who once said, “one man’s fast is another man’s slow.” The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has destroyed a way of life for many American fishermen. This should be accepted as fact not fiction. The landscape of...
Africa: C

Africa: C

Africans greeted Barack Obama’s presidential election with excitement and hope. Few ever imagined that a son of Africa would come to inhabit the most powerful office in the world. One year on, however, Obama’s legacy in Africa remains unclear. The new...

Africa Needs Strong Institutions, Not Strongmen

President Barack Obama’s election brought jubilation to the streets of Nigeria. However, hopes for a new U.S. engagement with Africa under the Obama administration are dimming. Nigerians are rankled by two high-profile events that illustrate how U.S. foreign...
Postcard From…the Niger Delta

Postcard From…the Niger Delta

On June 15, during a visit to the Niger Delta, I visited a hospital just outside of Warri in Delta State. The hospital was serving as a gathering point for internally displaced persons (IDPs) who fled as the result of the recent military offensive of the Nigeria...

60-Second Expert: A Tipping Point in the Niger Delta

For the past two months, the Nigerian military has been engaged in a standoff with armed resistance groups in the Niger Delta. The full-scale offensive, launched by Nigerian forces on May 13 with fighter-planes and gunboats, has destroyed villages and displaced...

Niger Delta Standoff

Behind fighter-planes and gunboats, Nigerian forces launched a full-scale offensive in the Niger Delta on May 13, displacing 30,000 people and sparking a humanitarian crisis. Thousands of civilians fleeing destroyed villages are now trapped between armed resistance...

Liberia: Ending the Horror

As a Liberian living in Zimbabwe, I, like many of my expatriates, have been tying up Africa’s phone lines trying to reach my relatives in Monrovia. The reports of violence in the mainstream press have deep meaning for me, as I worry about the fate of my family,...

White House Hobbles International Criminal Court, World Security

The current U.S. administration has a near-religious aversion to the new, permanent International Criminal Court (ICC). The court, now with 90 member countries, was established to ensure that the rule of law prevails in places where the only alternative is impunity...

Road Map: Sharon & The Record

One thing to keep in mind about the current push for peace between Israelis and Palestinians is that Ariel Sharon is one of the most consistent political figures in the Middle East, and he keeps his word. It is a deeply chilling observation. Back in the early 1970s,...