By Emmanuel Oladesu, Deputy Political Editor
Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka yesterday berated some elements from the Southeast and Southsouth for giving the anti-fuel subsidy removal protests an ethnic colouration. that such perception was dishonourable, dishonest and unfair to the patriots who protested against maladministration on the streets. The acclaimed writer decried the recurrent bomb explosions that have killed many Nigerians in the North, saying the Boko Haram sect harbours an intent to fuel ethnicity at the detriment of Nigerians. The retired university don described the presidential system as a disaster, noting that it has shown Nigerian legislature as the personification of corruption. Continue reading Soyinka: don’t reduce anti-fuel subsidy removal protests to ethnicity
KINSHASA, Congo (CNS) — Months after Congo’s general elections, the nation’s bishops continue to speak out about the legitimacy of the results. “We believe that the electoral process is stained by serious irregularities which raise questions about the published results,” the bishops’ conference said in mid-January. “We call on the organizers to have the courage and honesty to draw the necessary conclusions.” The bishops called on members of the National Electoral Council to “have the courage to question their own practices, or if not, step down.” Continue reading Congo’s bishops: Elections ‘stained,’ council must acknowledge errors
By Peter Kahare
RIFT VALLEY, Kenya, Jan 24, 2012 (IPS) – Six-year-old Victor Muruga points to a hole in the bush that he calls his “bedroom”. “I sleep there, under that tree and my mother sleeps under that blanket,” says Muruga. Muruga is in a jovial mood as he prepares lunch for the family. The bubbly boy, his three-year old brother Ian Kimani and their mother had to initially spend five days in the bush after being transported here to Mumoi farm, enduring the scathing sun and biting cold as they waited for the government and Kenya Red Cross Society to provide them with tents. Continue reading Four Years On IDPs Remain in Camps
As we begin to mark our 50th anniversary year at CAFOD, it is a time to give thanks to all those staff, volunteers and supporters whose hard work and generous donations have made the last 50 years possible. It is also a time to reflect on what we have achieved, and how we have fulfilled our mission, both as an organisation and as individuals. Continue reading 50 years of CAFOD: What lit your flame?
An unwieldy and spontaneous opposition has won its first battle against the government; now it needs a strategy
Nobody in government, least of all President Goodluck_Jonathan ]Goodluck Jonathan, seemed prepared for the torrent of opposition excited by the decision to end fuel subsidies. This doubled the retail price of petrol on New Year’s Day. The inflationary effect of the new fuel prices on goods and services was devastating for poor people and lost the government any goodwill it had picked up since April’s elections. Many know that the main beneficiaries of the subsidy are a cabal of crooked oil traders, so they ask why the government can’t pursue them and keep the fuel cheap for the public. Continue reading How the fuel row caught fire
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has ruled that four senior Kenyan officials are to stand trial over violence after the 2007 election. Those who will stand stand trial are Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and cabinet secretary Francis Mutaura. They are accused of crimes against humanity, including murder and persecution. Continue reading Kenyatta and Ruto to face ICC trial over Kenya violence
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More than 40 national Catholic leaders and prominent theologians at universities across the country released a strongly worded open letter today urging “our fellow Catholics Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes on the campaign trail.” Continue reading Catholic Leaders Challenge Gingrich and Santorum on Divisive Rhetoric Around Race and Poverty
About 24,000 people will be displaced from towns in the Amazon to make way for the world’s third biggest dam.
Gabriel Elizondo Last Modified: 20 Jan 2012 18:26
Altamira, Brazil – Drive about 90 minutes outside this sultry Brazilian Amazon town, and into the thicket of the jungle, and a surreal, other-worldly scene appears. It’s a place where dozens of steel arms with giant claws from land excavators cut into the red earth, carving out deep holes. There are earth movers, growling bulldozers and dump trucks crossing switch back roads that lead into colossal man-made craters, while clusters of hard hat-wearing engineers, glare down inspecting it all. Continue reading Dam it: Brazil’s Belo Monte stirs controversy
Co-ordinated attacks by Islamist militants in the northern Nigerian city of Kano on Friday killed at least 120 people, witnesses and reports say. Aid workers said dozens of bodies had been recovered from the streets, and hospital records seen by reporters said 120 corpses had been admitted. Continue reading Nigeria violence: Scores dead after Kano blasts
Voracious crustacean will eat everything from plankton to amphibians.
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Ochieng’ Ogodo in Nairobi, Kenya
It’s a far cry from Cajun country, but a U.S. crayfish used in Southern cooking is now eating its way across Africa, scientists say. Without any native predators to keep it in check, the Louisiana crayfish, also known as the red swamp crayfish, is gobbling up small freshwaterfish, fish eggs, mollusks, crustaceans, and aquatic plants. Continue reading Cajun Crayfish Invading Africa, Eating Native Species