April 4, 2015   Africa’s most populous nation has just achieved something very important.  This week Nigeria’s voters handed a landslide victory to former president, Muhammadu Buhari.  Equally impressive, the incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan, became the first Nigerian leader in 55 years to democratically  cede power to his rival.  President-elect […]


May 10, 2014 The kidnapping of some 200 girls in northern Nigeria has sparked world outrage. It’s a perfect media sensation: exotic locale and remarkably nasty kidnappers from a northern rebel movement, Boko Haram. I’ve long been a connoisseur of Third World nasties, starting way back in the 60’s with […]