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South Sudan’s leaders took the first tangible step toward peace in two and a half years on Tuesday, raising hopes the young country’s nightmarish civil war could finally end. Opposition leader Riek Machar landed in the capital Juba on Tuesday and was sworn in as vice president, a major boost for the peace deal signed by Machar and President Salva Kiir last year. “It’s the best hope that South Sudan has had in a very long time,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said of

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Nigeria Kidnappings — Who Are the ‘Boko Haram?’

By Andrew Lam Editor’s Note: Professor Michael Watts teaches geography at UC Berkeley and is the author of many books, including “Silent Violence: Food, Famine, and Peasantry in Northern Nigeria” and “Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta.” He spoke to NAM editor Andrew Lam about the recent kidnappings of more than 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria by the radical group known as Boko Haram, and the apparent inability of the Nigerian government to either prevent or respond to
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