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How Indian parties corrupt voters

Queuing to vote in India: parties offer money, whiskey to induce them

NEW DELHI(AFP) – Rickshaw puller Rampal Singh remembers vividly the “feast” of democracy he enjoyed last time India went to the polls in 2009: it included a free hot meal, a bottle of whisky and a banknote. “They treated us to really good biryani (rice cooked with meat) and a quarter of whisky,” Singh says […]

Hanging out with Nigerian scammers

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.On a recent trip to Nigeria, Erika Eichelberger, of learnt from some two fraudsters secrets of their trade I just returned from a reporting trip to Nigeria, where I was traveling around the country talking to terrorism experts, nomadic cattle herders, and government officials about how global warming affects conflict in the country. I […]

Niger fears Boko Haram menace will spread

Boko haram gunmen: operate with impunity

“We will not provoke them, but if they attack, they will regret it,” says Niger’s Defence Minister Karidjo Mahamadou (Reuters) – A proverb in the Hausa language, spoken on both sides of the border between Niger and Nigeria, warns: “When your neighbor’s beard is on fire, fetch water and soak your own.” With conflict in […]

Unlike Nigeria, gays get refuge in Abidjan

Ivory Coast's gay club

ABIDJAN (AFP) – No kissing, no petting. As gay bars go, this one is pretty well-behaved. But the crowd packing the Abidjan venue is relaxed and happy to be part of this haven of tolerance on a hostile continent. “In a gay club, we are much freer than in straight places,” 22-year-old student Jacques tells […]

Lagos airport remodelling an exercise in glorified mediocrity

Leaking parts of the airport

Tope Balogun I am not exactly a technophobe but my recent experience at the MMIA, in November 2013, has spurred me to write my first blog. A great deal has been said about the eyesore that MMIA has become and still is.Several writers have succinctly detailed the embarrassment the busiest first port of entry to […]

News Analysis: Concerns over ‘Boko Haram’ arrests in Nigeria

Driver of alleged Boko Haram members arrested in Port Harcourt

Nigeria’s Muslims have voiced concern about an apparent increase in religious “profiling” after hundreds of terror-related arrests in the country’s Christian-majority south. Last month some 300 traders from the Muslim majority north of the country were detained in Port Harcourt, Rivers State for allegedly belonging to the banned Islamist group Boko Haram. Most were later […]

Akute’s Makeshift Roadside School

Right beside Akute Bus Stop, the border town that links Ogun State and Ojodu in Lagos State, an unusual spectacle meets the eye. Students of Akute Community High School are seen clustered under a makeshift corrugated iron sheet-roofed space that serves as classrooms, attached to the compound of a primary school (Z. I Primary School […]

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