Monthly Archives: April 2014


Afghan Presidential Election 2014 – not done yet

I have done two previous posts about this significant moment in the history of Afghanistan. The first one goes over the political history of Afghanistan, current issues and voter registration. The second post covers the period after the ballot (earlier this month). This is a significant moment because the final result of the whole electoral […]





Algeria 2014 – Bouteflika wins again

The title of this post says it all. Despite all the reported health problems and lack of public appearances or campaigning, Abdelaziz Bouteflika won the 2014 Presidential election in a convincing fashion. Unsurprisingly, the legitimacy of the result was disputed. Ali Benflis (the runner up and former Prime Minister) said the following: “I do not […]


The Nigerian schoolgirls – from rescue to misinformation

On April 16, I blogged about the news that over 100 schoolgirls had been abducted. On the 17th (yesterday), I blogged about the rescuing of the schoolgirls (well, all but eight) and noted that this was great news for everyone – the parents, the kids, the new military chiefs and the President (as it’s near […]



The rescuing of the Nigerian schoolgirls (well, most) 2

On this blog yesterday, I looked at news about the abduction of over 100 Nigerian schoolgirls. This happened the day after the bombing of a bus station near the nation’s capital, Abuja. Both events were suspected to be the fault of the Islamic extremist group, Boko Haram (names translates to ‘Western education is sinful’). I […]


Nigeria – from explosions to child abductions 5

Articles from multiple sources (such as BBC and Al Jazeera) yesterday reported that over 100 schoolgirls have been abducted by armed men in Nigeria (CNN and other sources reported a higher figure, but many more have stated it’s closer to 100). This happened relatively soon after the bombing near the capital – Abuja. Many suspect […]