Burkina Faso’s Parliament Stormed, Set Ablaze by Protesters

NBC, October 30

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso — Thousands of protesters stormed Burkina Faso’s parliament on Thursday and set fire to the building, witnesses told Reuters. The crowd then headed towards the prime minister’s office as a government helicopter flew overhead, shooting tear gas canisters at protesters, a Reuters witness said.

Lawmakers had been due to [...]

The Real Ebola Epidemic

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Ebola crisis: Mali confirms first infection case

BBC, October 24

The Mali government has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the country.

It said a two-year-old girl had tested positive for the haemorrhagic virus. She recently returned from neighbouring Guinea.

More than 4,800 people have died of Ebola – mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone – since March.

Meanwhile, an [...]

Nigeria declared Ebola-free after containing virus

Reuters, October 20

Abuja – The World Health Organisation declared Nigeria Ebola free on Monday after a 42 day period with no new cases, in a success story with lessons for countries still struggling to contain the deadly virus.

“Nigeria is now free of Ebola,” WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz told a news conference in [...]

WHO: 700 Ebola cases emerge in one week

Sierra Leone shuts down as number of West Africans believed to have died from the virus tops 2,600

Al Jazeera, September 18

In a sign that West Africa’s Ebola crisis is worsening, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that more than 700 new cases of the deadly virus were confirmed in the last [...]

Rights group accuses Nigeria of rampant torture

Al Jazeera, By Wilson Dizard, September 18

Nigeria’s security authorities regularly engage in acts of torture to extract criminal confessions from innocent civilians and further the government’s campaign against the armed group Boko Haram, rights group Amnesty International said in a report published on Thursday.

The report, “Welcome to Hell Fire: Torture and Other Ill [...]

Don’t Look Now But Libya Is Falling Apart

Foreign Policy, By Siddhartha Mahanta, August 21

Amid renewed fighting in Gaza, a militant land grab in Iraq, a pseudo-war between Russia and Ukraine, an Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Libya is coming apart at the seams too. Not that many seem to notice.

The militias who deposed Muammar al-Qaddafi [...]

African leaders agree steps to fight runaway Ebola outbreak

Reuters, By Saliou Samb, August 1

Conakry, Guinea – West African leaders agreed on Friday to take stronger measures to try to bring the worst outbreak of Ebola under control and prevent it spreading outside the region, including steps to isolate rural communities ravaged by the disease.

The World Health Organization and medical charity Medicins [...]

Ebola : alert level increasing.

The popular version inducing fear

A MAN collapses at an international airport: It’s a hackneyed scene from almost every plague film ever made. But now it has happened — airports around the world are on high alert as fears mount that the deadly Ebola virus is on the move.

Nigerian health authorities are racing [...]

Cameroon deputy prime minister’s wife kidnapped by Boko Haram

(Reuters) – The wife of Cameroon’s vice-prime minister was kidnapped and at least three people were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants in the northern town of Kolofata on Sunday, Cameroon officials said.

A local religious leader, or lamido, named Seini Boukar Lamine, who is also the town’s mayor, was kidnapped in a [...]

‘Freewheeling Militia Violence’ Forced US to Evacuate Embassy in Libya, Kerry Says

ABC News, By Ali Weinberg, July 26

The U.S. State Department was forced to suspend operations at its embassy in Libya because of “freewheeling militia violence” there, Secretary of State John Kerry said today.

Kerry, who spoke to reporters before a meeting with the Turkish and Qatari foreign ministers about Gaza, made the comments after [...]

Nigerian Boko Haram Attack Forces 15,000 Villagers to Flee Homes

Bloomberg, By Michael Olukayode, July 21

More than 15,000 people have fled their homes in northeastern Nigeria since an attack last week by suspected Islamist militants that left at least 21 people dead, said an emergency official.

Residents are fleeing from Damboa and areas surrounding the town in fear for their lives, spokesman for the [...]

Nadine Gordimer | 1923-2014

NYT – A Nobelist With 3 Banned Apartheid Novels

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Ms. Gordimer found themes in the injustices and cruelties of South Africa’s policies of racial division, and she left no quarter of the society unexplored. She died Sunday at 90.

Nadine Gordimer in the New Yorker here

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US warns of ‘widespread conflict’ in Libya

State Department calls for draft of new constitution to take place unhindered amid increasing volatility.

Al Jazeera, July 13

The United States has warned that the conflict in Libya could become “widespread,” urging that a new parliament be quickly seated after contested elections.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki also called for work on drafting Libya’s [...]

Ebola: Massive Deployment Needed to Fight Epidemic in West Africa

Medecins Sans Frontieres, June 23, 2014

New York / Brussels — Bringing the spreading Ebola epidemic under control in West Africa will require a massive deployment of resources by regional governments and aid agencies, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today, warning that it has reached the limit of [...]

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