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February 26, 2014 Africa: Tracking Toxic Pollution
The damages produced by modern economies, termed "externalities" by
economists, most often do not figure in the market signals shaping
corporate profits and therefore corporate decision-making. The
result, both in advanced economies or around the world, includes
not only the massive threat to our common future through global
warming, but also extraordinary levels of toxic pollution
disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable. Of the top ten
toxic threats around the world identified in a new report, three
are in Africa: the Agbogbloshie Dumpsite for e-waste in Ghana, the
entire Niger Delta region in Nigeria, and the now-closed but still
deadly lead mining site in Kabwe, Zambia.
October 27, 2013 Nigeria: Cycle of Violence in Northeast
The cycle of violence in northeastern Nigeria, confirm two new
Amnesty International reports this month, is fueled by
indiscriminate killings both by Boko Haram and by the Nigerian
military's Joint Task Force (JTF). More than 950 people are
reported to have died while in detention by the JTF in the first
six months of 2013, while Boko Haram has continued deadly attacks
on schoolchildren and teachers.
June 5, 2013 Nigeria: Counterproductive Counterterrorism
As Nigerian security forces increase their drive against
extremist Islamist groups in northern Nigeria, a wide range of
Nigerian and international critics, from human rights
groups and scholarly experts to the United States
government, have been speaking out. The critics argue
that the indiscriminate nature of the counterterrorism
efforts not only results in violation of human rights and
deaths of innocent civilians, but also fuels the
violence rather than reducing it.