Monthly Archives: March 2019

What makes young African Muslims join jihadi groups?

According to some United Nations studies, young African Muslims are not motivated by religion when joining jihadi groups. Nigeria is just one of many African countries having to deal with radical Islamic terrorist groups: Besides Boko Haram, which operates in northeastern Nigeria as well as adjacent territories, the militant group al-Shabab has been fighting for years to gain control of Somalia.

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What happened in Ukraine?

According to Kimberly Amadeo, the president of, Putin’s attack responded to the February 23 overthrow of his ally Viktor Yanukovych. The pro-West faction of Ukraine’s Parliament took over the government. The crisis occurred because Yanukovych mismanaged the budget. He forced Ukraine to ask for financial help. It appealed to the EU, then Russia. The political unrest occurred at this point. Those who wanted to be closer to the EU objected when that solution was abandoned. Russia’s military strike supported Yanukovych’s return to Kiev and closer ties to Russia.

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