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Russia has tightened its hold over the Sahel region – and now it’s looking to Africa’s west coast

    By Olumba E. Ezenwa, Royal Holloway University of London and John Sunday Ojo, University of Portsmouth   Armed troops in Niger overthrew the government in July 2023, seizing power for themselves. The following months were rife with speculation that the military government would align with Moscow and possibly form ties with the Russian military or its associates. This has now become a reality, to the detriment of western […]

todayMay 2, 2024 10


West Africa’s falling fish stocks: illegal Chinese trawlers, climate change and artisanal fishing fleets to blame

    By Robert Paarlberg, Harvard University   Average fish catches by traditional fishing communities along the west African coast have declined significantly over the past three decades. Along the Gulf of Guinea, stretching from Côte d'Ivoire to Nigeria, fishers launch their wooden canoes from the beach to catch small pelagic fish, like sardines and anchovies, which they sell into local informal markets to make a living. They have done […]

todayApril 10, 2024