The National Institute of Mental Health definition of psychosis speaks of “loss of contact with reality.” That is what is happening. Masses of people, whether unable or unwilling to recognize reality, are substituting nightmarish fantasies generated within their movements, making these into a political force moving millions.
The mangoes were not as good as they usually were. One of my favorite varieties, the Alfons — a cousin of the Indian Alphonso — was bitter and inedible, while the reddish Naoumi carried a muted sweetness that left me craving a phantom taste. The Fas variety — the father of Egypt’s mango — was stained by sunburn. Something was wrong.
Since the Boko Haram insurgency erupted in Nigeria’s northeast in the early 2010s, thousands of people have gone missing. A New Lines/HumAngle investigation has revealed that the Nigerian state — and the military in particular — has helped to drive this crisis, through extrajudicial killings, mass burials and a deliberate cover-up.
A New Lines investigation found evidence of mass graves dug by the Nigerian army in Borno state. Here is how we uncovered the evidence.
As Libya recovers from the initial shock of this catastrophe, the political situation is slowly sliding back to normal. A narrative war is beginning between various sides, and the politicization of and profiteering from relief have begun.