[The Conversation Africa] Nigeria’s forests cover about 96,043 square km- that’s about 10% of the country’s landmass. But the presence of authorities in these sanctuaries is either non-existent or, at best, sporadic. This has led to forest areas being poorly managed, which in turn has led to them being exploited by criminals and posing a security threat.
[The Conversation Africa] The past year may have felt politically tumultuous, between Saudi Arabia’s brazen killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, the resurgence of authoritarianism in Eastern Europe and Donald Trump’s unorthodox approach to U.S.
[Premium Times] The 2018 ranking on terrorism is out and Nigeria, for the fourth consecutive year, occupies the third position among the countries worst hit by terrorism, globally, because of the activities of Boko Haram and herdsmen.
[IPS] United Nations -In most military conflicts worldwide, the ultimate winners are not one of the warring parties- but the world’s prolific arms traders, described by peace activists as “merchants of death”.
[Vanguard] Expert has decried the recent statistics released by World Health Organisation, WHO, which shows that Nigeria has the highest burden of unvaccinated children worldwide, saying “with the series of benefits derived from vaccination it’s unacceptable for a country like Nigeria not to embrace vaccination against childhood killer diseases.”
[Al Jazeera] More than 31 million people were internally displaced due to conflict and disasters in 2016, but the issue has been overshadowed by the focus on refugees and migrants, according to a report by a monitoring group.
[VOA] At the height of the current xenophobic violence in South Africa, new research has shown that immigrants make substantial contributions to South Africa’s economy. A report released by the South African Institute of Race Relations, or IRR, shows that instead of attacking immigrants, South Africans could learn entrepreneurial skills from them.
[East African] Pretoria -South Africa’s Pretoria West residents went on a rampage on Saturday and petrol bombed two houses belonging to foreign nationals.
[IRIN] World leaders came together this week to agree on a global response to the escalating problem of Antimicrobial Drug Resistance (AMR), but will new measures actually reach the developing world where they are most needed?
IN 1927 an industrialist named Isidore Schlesinger installed Johannesburg’s first traffic light. It drew crowds of onlookers, but was short-lived: an errant motorist soon knocked it down. Today the city’s “robots” (as they are called in South African English) are still unreliable, especially when it rains