The Nigerian government’s silence and distraction tactics over recent Boko Haram attacks contributes to its perception of ineptness.
When the Nigerian government declared a state of emergency in three north-east states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno in May 2013, many hoped that it would swiftly bring the Islamist militants Boko Haram under control. An estimated 3,000 troops were deployed to join the already 5,000 troops under the Joint Task Force (JTF) operating in the region, deadlines were set, and initial statements − particularly that the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau may have been killed − suggested the government was making progress. Continue reading Boko Haram: Government Silence Does Little to Inspire Confidence→
IQUITOS, Peru — At a small table in a noisy, bustling market, Ana Ríos Ruiz ladles thick, yellow juice into a mug and hands it to a customer. Pocketing a few coins, she turns back to a plastic bowl filled with a yellow paste speckled with brown. “We eat a lot of aguaje here,” she said, using the local name for the fruit, which is eaten raw or turned into products ranging from juice to ice cream. “Thanks to the aguaje, I’ve been able to provide for my children.”
Aguaje is the fruit of the Mauritia flexuosa palm, which grows throughout the Peruvian Amazon in swamps known as aguajales. But the swamps are threatened by encroaching development, which can lead to the release of large amounts of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, according to scientist Kristell Hergoualc’h of the Forests and Environment Program at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
Wall Street Charges Ahead. (OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib)Purveyors of Ferraris and high-end Swiss watches keep their fingers crossed toward the end of each calendar year, hoping that the big Wall Street banks will be generous with their annual cash bonuses. Continue reading Wall Street Bonuses vs. the Minimum Wage→
We’ve gotten another piece of ammunition in our fight against the trafficking of minors: A U.S. Federal Circuit Court has ruled that customers who arrange for or have sex with children under age 18 are to be considered human traffickers, and should be punished accordingly — with sentences ranging up to life in prison.
Wow. That’s a big and heavy stick we can use to protect kids who are forced into having sex for someone else profit. It hasn’t been used widely yet, but I am encouraged that, with the help of the court ruling and new proposed legislation, we may finally be able to reduce the demand for sex with children, and reduce the number of children raped and traumatized to meet that demand. Continue reading More Ammunition in the Fight Against Child Trafficking→
CAPE TOWN, Mar 11 2014 (IPS) – Margaret Feke* got off a taxi in Khayelitsha, a township in Cape Town, South Africa, carrying a package of new clothes for her son who was due to leave for his traditional initiation into manhood in the Transkei the following day.