Aljazeera Voters brave sun, insecurity and queues but presidential election extended to Sunday in some areas after tech glitches.
Nigerians turned out en mass on Saturday to vote in what is expected to be one of the tightest presidential races in their history between incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.
Analysts are calling the poll a pivotal historical event for the young democracy. Jonathan’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has ruled Africa’s most populous nation virtually unopposed for 16 years.
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 23 2015 (IPS) – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has been attacked by activists over alleged support of a plan to privatize African agricultural markets.
United Kingdom social justice organization Global Justice Now leveled the claims at the Gates Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Monday, saying the two agencies were holding a “secret meeting” in London to promote a plan to help companies sell seeds in Africa, that will cut out small farmers. Continue reading Gates Foundation Slammed for Plan to Privatize African Seed Markets→
The recent address of the Holy See to the Third United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights is very insightful. It underlines the centrality of human beings with their Dignity and Rights in all business activities. While it is good for the business corporations to pursue their legitimate profit, it should be done with a dual consideration for the common good and the tenets of Universal Human Rights standards. In the same vein, Amnesty International identifies Human Rights as an indispensable foundation for truly trans-formative post 2015 development agenda. These are salient observations in the wake of massive land grabbing ravaging Africa and the gun point trade agreements going on between Europe and the various economic blocks of Africa. Each of them is a violation of African peoples’ Rights to land and to self-determination. Continue reading Economics of Inequalities and Inequalities of Economics→
There is little appetite for military coups and rule by Big Men
Nigeria will hold its rescheduled presidential elections on March 28. The poll was postponed last month amid growing instability in Nigeria’s northeastern region. Tension remains high ahead of the vote. As Nigerian army and African Union forces intensify the offensive against Boko Haram, the drumbeat for war is loud and clear. Vitriolic exchanges between the two major political parties in the Nigerian media suggest that the country is imploding. Continue reading Democracy is taking root in Nigeria→
It remains to be seen how July’s elections will change the political landscape of Haiti, but there is little faith that Martelly will let go of the reins of power in an election that is free or fair.
By Claire Fauset
Haiti’s political system is in turmoil. Years of failure by the Michel Martelly regime to hold elections have left nearly all the seats in the government empty and Martelly essentially ruling by decree. Tens of thousands of people have been taking to the streets in weekly demonstrations since November, facing teargas and rubber bullets from police and UN troops. They are demanding the resignation of the president and the removal of UN forces, which they view as an imperialist occupation. Continue reading A return to dictatorship or a Haitian Spring?→
Women from the Landless Workers Movement (MST) destroyed thousands of genetically modified eucalyptus sprouts due to environmental hazards.
Hundreds of women from the Landless Workers Movement (MST), armed with sticks and knives, entered on Mar. 5 a pulp mill belonging to the company Suzano/FuturaGene in the state of São Paulo and destroyed thousands of sprouts of transgenic eucalyptus trees cultivated in a greenhouse. Continue reading “Transgenic destroy biodiversity”→