Midwest to West Africa: Migrant deportation patterns in the U.S. heartland

Midwest to West Africa: Migrant deportation patterns in the U.S. heartland

Most of the conversation about African migration focuses on sub-Saharan Africa, human trafficking to and across the Mediterranean Sea, and Europeans who are unwilling to receive migrants. In the United States, where President Donald Trump’s administration takes an increasingly alarming stance on immigration, it’s also the Global South that’s seen…

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Mauritania: Candidates from 100 parties filed for September elections

Mauritania: Candidates from 100 parties filed for September elections

Mauritania’s electoral commission says candidates from an unprecedented 100 political parties have submitted their files to participate in the country’s legislative and municipal elections on September 1. The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) confirmed the lists ahead of campaigning that officially begins on August 17. Mauritania also confirms 1.4 million…

Rights groups speak out on Mauritanian blogger, blasphemy law

The African Union’s human rights organization, wrapping up its meeting in Nouakchott this week, called on President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to review Mauritania’s controversial “blasphemy” law. “The African commission uses the occasion of its current session in Mauritania to urge the highest authorities to review this legislation,” said Soyata…

MINUSCA: ‘Nothing could justify’ deaths in Tagbara

A United Nations (UN) peacekeeper from Mauritania was killed and 11 others were injured Tuesday when anti-Balaka fighters attacked a temporary base in Tagbara established by MINUSCA, the UN mission in the Central African Republic. At least 22 of the anti-Balaka fighters also were killed in the hours-long attack in…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Turkey’s Erdogan begins four-nation Africa tour in Algeria

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey began a tour of four African nations on Monday in Algeria, where he met with Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia to discuss cooperation on counterterrorism, energy, and economic development and trade. It is Erdoğan’s second visit to Algeria since becoming president in 2014 and he…

Brussels conference boosts G5 Sahel force funding to $509 million

The international community has pledged more than USD$500 million to support the regional G5 Sahel security force, the European Union said following a high-level conference hosted in Brussels Friday. The funding for the joint military force of the five nations – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger – includes…

EU reiterates G5 Sahel support ahead of Brussels conference

The European Commission, speaking ahead of a Friday conference on the Sahel, reiterated its support for the G5 nations and the regional security initiative launched this year. “The EU has fully supported this African led initiative from the very beginning and provided an initial contribution of €50 million to help set it…

Mauritania lifts death sentence, releases anti-slavery blogger

Mauritanian blogger Mohammed Ould Mkhaitir is now free, after an appeals court reviewed and overturned a death sentence imposed for publishing a 2014 article that challenged the use of religion to support social injustice. Mkhaitir was arrested almost four years ago after sharing his critical views on the way Islam…

The Sahel’s Stubborn Tradition of Slavery

Many Europeans were disturbed to discover last week that a 2015 EU fund established to pay for border security, including measures aimed at keeping African citizens from leaving their own borders, is fast running out. Despite pledges from Germany and Sweden to stem shortfalls, the President of the European Commission…

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.