News in the Humanosphere: Trouble for Tanzania…

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”International donors have suspended nearly $500 million in budget support to Tanzania in response to claims that senior government officials siphoned off funds from the country’s central bank under the guise of energy contracts.” (Guardian http://bit.ly/1toUrfU)

Today’s Quote of the Day is cause for concern: “I have never seen a health event threaten the very survival of societies and governments in already very poor countries.” — WHO Director Margaret Chan.  (NYT http://nyti.ms/1v5C1iW)

Africa
Many Liberian health care workers on the frontline of the battle against Ebola ignored calls on Monday to strike over poor pay and working conditions, and most hospitals and clinics were operating normally, officials and charity workers said. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1v41lG0)

As Liberia tries to end a months-long Ebola crisis, local and international media rights groups report an intensifying crackdown on journalists in the country. But some of those journalists say this is only a continuation of Liberia’s bad record on press freedom. (VOA http://bit.ly/1w26Inq)

Women and children in South Sudan have been the victims of horrific sexual violence since the country plunged into conflict 10 months ago, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura, said after a week-long visit. (VOA http://bit.ly/1v430eV)

One of Sudan’s main opposition parties will boycott elections set for April because a lack of democracy will not allow a fair vote, a senior party official said on Monday, diminishing the credibility of the ballot. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1w25Ejy)

Mozambique’s ruling Frelimo party and its presidential candidate look likely to win elections this week despite voters’ dissatisfaction with graft and inequality in one of Africa’s fastest growing economies that boasts abundant energy reserves. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1w25XLm)

Madagascar’s former president has been arrested, just hours after he returned to the country following more than five years in exile. (VOA http://bit.ly/1v43D8b)

Ugandan health officials said Monday that they are continuing to monitor five people feared to have contracted the Ebola-like Marburg virus, even though all suspected cases so far have tested negative. (AP http://yhoo.it/1v49479)

Somalia’s government remains riddled with corruption while Shabab Islamists are as deadly as ever, United Nations investigators warned in a damning report seen by AFP Monday. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1v49BWw)

Thousands of northerners who experienced human rights abuses during the occupation of Mali’s north are struggling to find redress amidst concerns that a climate of impunity is continuing and the government’s control in many areas of the north is at best shaky. (IRIN http://bit.ly/1v4abDO)

MENA

Many Liberian health care workers on the frontline of the battle against Ebola ignored calls on Monday to strike over poor pay and working conditions, and most hospitals and clinics were operating normally, officials and charity workers said. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1v41lG0)

As Liberia tries to end a months-long Ebola crisis, local and international media rights groups report an intensifying crackdown on journalists in the country. But some of those journalists say this is only a continuation of Liberia’s bad record on press freedom. (VOA http://bit.ly/1w26Inq)

Women and children in South Sudan have been the victims of horrific sexual violence since the country plunged into conflict 10 months ago, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura, said after a week-long visit. (VOA http://bit.ly/1v430eV)

One of Sudan’s main opposition parties will boycott elections set for April because a lack of democracy will not allow a fair vote, a senior party official said on Monday, diminishing the credibility of the ballot. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1w25Ejy)

Mozambique’s ruling Frelimo party and its presidential candidate look likely to win elections this week despite voters’ dissatisfaction with graft and inequality in one of Africa’s fastest growing economies that boasts abundant energy reserves. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1w25XLm)

Madagascar’s former president has been arrested, just hours after he returned to the country following more than five years in exile. (VOA http://bit.ly/1v43D8b)

Ugandan health officials said Monday that they are continuing to monitor five people feared to have contracted the Ebola-like Marburg virus, even though all suspected cases so far have tested negative. (AP http://yhoo.it/1v49479)

Somalia’s government remains riddled with corruption while Shabab Islamists are as deadly as ever, United Nations investigators warned in a damning report seen by AFP Monday. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1v49BWw)

Thousands of northerners who experienced human rights abuses during the occupation of Mali’s north are struggling to find redress amidst concerns that a climate of impunity is continuing and the government’s control in many areas of the north is at best shaky. (IRIN http://bit.ly/1v4abDO)

Asia

Activists and supporters of Pakistani political parties October 12 took to streets of the southern port city of Karachi to protest against shelling on Pakistani border villages by neighbor India. (VOA http://bit.ly/1w26xIT)

Three of the Philippines largest child rights organizations, Save the Children, Plan International, and World Vision, unite to push passage of House Bill 5062 or the “Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act,” which calls for a comprehensive plan to be put in place to protect the rights of children in disasters and emergencies.​http://bit.ly/1w27H7f

Hong Kong authorities were accused for the second time of hiring thugs after clashes at democracy protest site. (GlobalPost http://bit.ly/1v45oSZ)

The death toll from a powerful cyclone which battered India’s eastern coastline rose to 24 on Monday, as the storm weakened and moved inland, leaving a swathe of destruction and triggering fears heavy rains would bring flash floods. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1w2b4uN)

The Americas

A Texas health worker has contracted Ebola after treating a Liberian who died of the disease in Dallas last week, raising concern about how U.S. medical guidelines aimed at stopping the spread of the disease were breached. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1v41ZUc)

Severe drought has struck California for a third year. The lack of water is affecting farms, cities and small communities. California’s Central Valley is usually fertile. (VOA http://bit.ly/1v42ihO)

Scientists here are warning Caribbean countries, where the fisheries sector is an important source of livelihoods and sustenance, that they should pay close attention to a new international report on ocean acidification. (IPS http://bit.ly/1v4aBdg)

Opinion/Blogs

The Priest, the Killers, and a Looming Genocide (The New Yorker http://nyr.kr/1Ce9bwZ)

Visualizing how Syria’s war undermines health (Humanosphere http://bit.ly/1toUPv0)

A risky business: Aid workers in danger (Devex http://bit.ly/1Ce8Z0M)

Understanding the World Bank’s Estimate of the Economic Damage of Ebola to West Africa (Center For Global Development http://bit.ly/1toUUii)

The Disturbing Expansion of the Military-Industrial Complex (IPS http://bit.ly/1w27QHX)

Why the IMF’s poor forecasting matters (The Interpreter http://bit.ly/1Ce91FV)

“Should I go into international development?” (Lessons I Learned http://bit.ly/1toUBEi)

What does the Ebola crisis mean for long-term progress in Sierra Leone and Liberia? (The Guardian http://bit.ly/1toUNDm)

Leading global banks hop aboard infrastructure train (Humanosphere http://bit.ly/1Ce9w2T)

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Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]humanosphere.org.