Rethinking ‘Victory’ in Counterinsurgency Operations in Nigeria

RETHINKING ‘VICTORY’ IN COUNTERINSURGENCY OPERATIONS IN NIGERIA by Okechukwu C. Iheduru, Ph.D.   Read here:  iheduru, RETHINKING VICTORY IN COUNTERINSURGENCY IN NIGERIA 2017   Abstract The popular notion of “victory” has continued to elude the Nigerian military in its counterinsurgency operations against the Boko Haram Islamist group for the past nine years. Nigeria’s military has so…

What’s China’s ‘Responsible Cobalt Initiative’ and Why’s Daimler Joining?

  Daimler joins China’s Responsible Cobalt initiative German car-maker Daimler has joined the Responsible Cobalt Initiative, a program established under a Chinese industry body to tackle risks in the cobalt supply chain arising from artisanal mining. Cobalt consumers are under pressure to ensure the material they use is not tainted by child labor in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the source of about 60%…

Angola Renews Reforms, to Privatize More Than 70 State-Owned Companies 

  Angola Renews Reforms, to Privatize More Than 70 State-Owned Companies Angola plans to privatize 74 state companies over the next few years, predominantly those in the industrial sector, according to the prospectus sent to investors as part of the country’s Eurobond issuance. Africa’s second-largest crude producer has been battered by a fall in the price…

Kinros Gold Miner Reels From ‘Resource Nationalism’ in Ghana and Mauritania

    Kinros Gold Miner Reels From ‘Resource Nationalism’ in Ghana and Mauritania  Kinross Gold is the latest miner to be hit by changing policies in Africa as governments seem increasingly willing to upend historic deals with foreign companies in their quest for more mining revenue. Mauritania’s rejection of a key permit to expand a Kinross project, and a proposed mining code review…

‘More Major Attacks’ by Niger Delta Avengers Coming–Verisk Maplecroft

  ‘Realistic Threat’ NDA Will Carry Out More Major Attacks by  Andreas Exarheas   There is a ‘realistic threat’ that the Niger Delta Avengers will carry out more major attacks on infrastructure, says Verisk Maplecroft’s Ben Payton. There is a “realistic threat” that the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) will carry out more major attacks on…

Glencore’s Penchant for Murky Business Could Unravel in DR-Congo

  Glencore’s Congo Mining Conundrum Miner and commodities trader Glencore is embroiled in a legal tangle over its copper and cobalt operations in Democratic Republic of Congo, where conflict and changes to regulations have deterred many mining firms. US sanctions on Glencore‘s former Israeli partner in Congo have been a trigger for litigation. At the same time, relations with the Congolese authorities are under strain from a dispute…

Make References to Taiwan, Face Crack-Down–China Warns Global Firms

  China Threatens U.S. Airlines Over Taiwan References Beijing is pressuring companies around the world to follow the party line on Taiwan sovereignty — or else. BY JAMES PALMER, BETHANY ALLEN-EBRAHIMIAN United Airlines flight 897 lifts off from Dulles International Airport on its maiden flight from Washington, DC to Beijing, the first-ever nonstop flight between the two…