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Africa’s Population Growth’s Impact on Europe

“The wave of migrants coming into Europe at the moment has a proximate cause - sectarian war and chaos in the Middle East - but it isn't a transient phenomenon. The current migration is just the beginning of a long-term trend that will almost certainly last for at least a hundred years,” according to Nils Zimmerman, a freelance business journalist for  Deutsche Welle English.

Mr. Zimmerman said the reason is that, “Over that time-period, Africa's population is set to go from 1.16 billion today - exactly twice that of the European Union - to 2.4 billion by 2050. That's five times the EU's current population of 508 million,” he opined. “By 2100, according to the UN, Africa's population could be 4.2 billion - eight times that of today's EU.”

Mr. Zimmerman also said, “The arc of Muslim countries from North Africa and the Middle East through South and Central Asia is also in the midst of a demographic explosion. According to Pew Research Center, the world's Muslim population will grow from 1.6 billion today to 2.8 billion by 2050,” he added. To read more, see “Opinion: Europe's grand challenge - Africa's future.”

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Will 2015 Be a Better Year for Nigeria?

Deutsche Welle’s  West and Central Africa correspondents Adrian Kreisch and Jan-Philipp Scholz, who have provided some of the  most illuminating dispatches on Boko Haram  from Lagos, Nigeria, since September 1, 2014, writes that “… we should not give up hope that 2015 will be a better year for Nigeria, for we can see the first signs of a change in attitude in the Nigerian government (about Boko Haram).

These are above all signs of a waning arrogance in the face of their own people and critical investigative journalists. This recently became evident to us in what would initially seem like a paradoxical situation: when we went to have our foreign correspondents' accreditation renewed, much more attention was paid to details and follow-up questions than was previously the case. An employee at the Ministry of Information confided in us that those in charge were "pretty scared by the massive amount of critical international reporting after the Chibok kidnapping."
The journalist said, “For the first time they felt the concentrated power of a critical public. We certainly won't stop letting them feel this power in the coming year.”

For more, see “Nigeria: Reporting made dangerous by Boko Haram.”

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Recommended: Vanity Fair’s ‘Hell in the Hot Zone’

The October 2014 edition of Vanity Fair has a chilling but informative article by Jeffrey E. Stern on how the Ebola virus originated in “Meliandou, nestled in the Forest Region of southern Guinea” and the global mobilization of doctors to treat victims and epidemiologist to contain it. I highly recommend “Hell in the Hot Zone.”

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Barack Obama’s U.S.-Africa Summit

U.S. President Barack Obama has invited “All but a few of the heads of state of the 54 nations of Africa” to join him on August 6, 2014, in Washington, D.C., the U.S. capital, for a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

According to Stephen Hayes at U.S. News and World Report, “The purpose of the program is ostensibly to bring Africa and the United States closer together economically and politically. While it is a program also designed to strengthen the legacy of the Obama presidency, it is not without significant risks and challenges, for this summit will be like none the African leaders have ever experienced,” he writes in “Obama's High-Risk Africa Summit.

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Is South Sudan Really a State?

Editorial, the Guardian: “South Sudan: not yet a state.” Publication says “Control of the bureaucracy and armed forces is a matter of constant contention for different tribal groups and their leaders.”

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The Political Conflict in South Sudan

allAfrica has aggregated many informative articles on the escalating conflict in the newly formed African nation of South Sudan, between political and ethnic rivals. There is a lot of oil in South Sudan, and when there’s oil there is conflict. Highly recommended.

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