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Zimbabwe Army General Constantino Chiwenga, right, and Valerio Sibanda address a news conference held at the Zimbabwean Army Headquarters. (AFP/Getty Images)

Tanks rolled into Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, on Tuesday, as tensions escalated between the military and President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party. In a statement read on the state broadcaster, ZBC, an army official reported early Wednesday morning that Robert Mugabe and his family are “safe” and that the military are “only targeting criminals around [Mugabe] who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country”.

What kicked this off? Zimbabwe’s vice president, Emerson Mnangagwa, was fired last week, accused of exhibiting traits of “disloyalty, disrespect and deceitfulness”. He went into exile, but continues to denounce the Mugabe regime.…  Seguir leyendo »

Armed Cameroonian men in the rapid intervention battalion patrol in Waza, Cameroon, in May 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)

The United Nations proclaimed Oct. 2 as the International Day of Non-Violence, a reminder that it is irrational to use violence to promote peaceful societies. It’s also a reminder of the importance of accurate data on where and why violence occurs in the world, and where the threats are on the rise.

Since April 2016, the Africa Center for Strategic Studies has tracked the levels of attacks associated with all militant Islamist groups in Africa on a quarterly basis, using data compiled from the widely used Armed Conflict Location & Event Data (ACLED) Project.

In a July 21 Monkey Cage post, Salem Solomon and Casey Frechette challenged the validity of an Africa Center analysis that noted that al-Shabab had surpassed Boko Haram as Africa’s most deadly militant Islamist group.…  Seguir leyendo »