In accordance with the wish of the Igbo people, Odumegwu Ojukwu declared an independent state in 1967. Many lives were lost in one of the bloodiest wars in the region. Fast-forward to 2015 and Nnamdi Kanu is leading the charge for an independent Biafra nation for the Igbos in a much-changed national environment.
- Friday, 22 January 2016 17:21
- Magnus Taylor
In the Horn, where cash-strapped regimes often teeter on the brink of financial survival and alliances are made and broken with bewildering regularity, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has found willing partners as Saudi-Iranian tensions escalate.
- Monday, 18 January 2016 15:50
- Stephen Chan - Professor of international relations, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK
Towards the end of his life, the Palestinian intellectual Edward Said declared that homeland was no longer important to him. He had spent his life as an exile, and he saw the violence and damage that a sense of place could create – especially when that space was contested by peoples who sought its sole ownership.
- Friday, 18 December 2015 13:56
- Konye Obaji Ori
The mostly Muslim Seleka movement declared autonomy for the Republic of Logone on December 14, and plans to pursue independence from the Central African Republic (CAR), calling into question the right to self-determination against the oppositionist principle of territorial integrity.
- Thursday, 17 December 2015 18:05
Seventy years ago, the United Nations was created from the ashes of the Second World War. Seven decades later, in Paris, nations have united in the face of another threat – the threat to life as we know it due to a rapidly warming planet.
- Monday, 14 December 2015 12:18
- Stephen O'Brien, Antonio Guterres, Ertharin Cousin, Anthony Lake
Those who remember Ethiopia in the 1980s may feel a disturbing sense of déjà vu as the strongest El Nino phenomenon on record hits the east African country. But this is not the Ethiopia of the 1980s.