Imperialists Host Conference on Nigerian Security in Paris

INTERNATIONALIST 360°

Reports of mutinies within the army mount while tensions escalate

French President Francois Hollande (C) poses for a familly photo with (LtoR) Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague, Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou, Chad's President Idriss Deby, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Cameroon's President Paul Biya, Benin's President Thomas Yayi Boni, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman during a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, May 17, 2014.  West African leaders meet in Paris on Saturday to try to improve cooperation in their fight against the Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls and threatens to destabilise the wider region.     French President Francois Hollande (C) with (LtoR) Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague, Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou, Chad’s President Idriss Deby, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Cameroon’s President Paul Biya, Benin’s President Thomas Yayi Boni, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman during a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, May 17, 2014. West African leaders meet in Paris on Saturday to try to improve cooperation in their fight against the Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls and threatens to destabilise the wider region.

By Abayomi Azikiwe
Libya 360°

A conference on the security concerns of the most populous state in Africa was not held on the continent but in France, a former colonial power in the region.

Nigeria, which has recently been designated as…

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Inspired by Lupita Nyong’o, young women talk about prejudice and of the appreciation of black beauty

Black Women of Brazil

Inspiradas em Lupita, jovens negras falam de preconceito e da valorização da própria beleza (2)

Note from BW of Brazil: The recent double victories of actress Lupita Nyong’o were celebrated throughout the African Diaspora and in black Brazilian social media the Oscar winning, 2014 People magazine “Most Beautiful Woman’s” image and significance is still a hot topic and a source of great pride. For decades, women of visible African descent have been consistently invisible as Brazil’s media continues to insist in presenting Brazilian women as if the country were located in the heart of Western Europe. Nyong’o’s victories are even more important considering her phenotype. In Brazil, as in many of countries with African descendant populations, when black women are highlighted in the media they often have lighter skin with other physical characteristics that are not drastically different from the standard European phenotype. Nyong’o’s victories in an American media that is still considered very exclusionary once again begs the question: with so many beautiful black women in…

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