Car bomb goes off in Nigeria’s Gombe after Jonathan campaign rally

Deutsche Welle

Anschlag in Gombe, NIgeria 02.02.2015
Anschlag in Gombe, NIgeria 02.02.2015

A car bomb has gone off shortly after Nigerian President Good luck Jonathan left an election campaign rally. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

Witnesses told news agencies that the car bomb had detonated just minutes after President Jonathan had departed from the stadium in the northeastern Nigerian city of Gombe. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

Witnesses told news agencies that the cab bomb had detonated just minutes after the president had departed from the stadium in the northeastern Nigerian city of Gombe, where he had addressed supporters of his People’s Democratic Party on Monday. Continue reading Car bomb goes off in Nigeria’s Gombe after Jonathan campaign rally

What if Pope Francis gave the State of the Union address?

National Catholic Reporter

John Gehring

Pope Francis is arguably the most compelling leader in the world today. Unless you’re one of those hyperventilating Fox News pundits or a certain American cardinal pining for the good old days of pray-pay-and-obey Catholicism, chances are you stand in awe of how quickly Francis has resuscitated an ancient institution nearly on life support after decades of clergy abuse scandals and the first resignation of a pope in six centuries.

The pope isn’t a traditional politician, but he is a savvy global leader who understands optics and the art of diplomacy. Simply put, this is a man with political and moral capital to burn. His decisive role in helping President Barack Obama strike a historic rapprochement with Cuba was the latest signal that the Vatican is back as a formidable geopolitical player. The Catholic church, of course, began navigating political currents, both secular and ecclesiastical, centuries before our American republic was a glimmer in the eye of Thomas Jefferson and Co. In traditional Catholic teaching, “responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation,” the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops explains. Or, as Pope Francis phrased it a bit more colorfully in one morning homily: “A good Catholic meddles in politics.” Continue reading What if Pope Francis gave the State of the Union address?

The EU Emissions Trading System: Will mitigation touch our pockets?

Eco-Jesuit

José Ignacio García, SJ

Photo credit: EUobserver.com
Photo credit: EUobserver.com

Last week at the European Parliament, we lived through the latest skirmish of what is still, and will be, a long dispute over the  European Union Emissions Trading System or the EU ETS. The EU ETS is the mechanism established to regulate the emissions of CO2 – one of the fruits of Kyoto Protocol – and is a constant source of frustration since its beginnings.
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Dominion Farm’s land grab in Nigeria

Grain

Local farmers with members of the visiting team of ERA/FoEN/CEED during a meeting on June 10, 2014 at the premises of the UBRBDA in Gassol. (Photo: CEED)
Local farmers with members of the visiting team of ERA/FoEN/CEED during a meeting on June 10, 2014 at the premises of the UBRBDA in Gassol. (Photo: CEED)

Farmers in Nigeria’s Taraba State are being forced off lands that they have farmed for generations to make way for US company Dominion Farms to establish a 30,000 ha rice plantation. The project is backed by the Nigerian government and the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa. Continue reading Dominion Farm’s land grab in Nigeria