News in the Humanosphere: Anti-poverty and corruption protests in Nigeria

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (Wikimedia Commons)

Hundreds of Nigerians marched Monday to protest poverty and corruption as President Muhammadu Buhari’s prolonged absence abroad for medical tests raises political and economic tensions. “Nigerians are frustrated and tired with this absentee government,” activist Omoyele Sowore said as he marched in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. Protesters carried placards saying: “Unemployed people hungry and angry.” Prices of food and other goods have soared as Nigeria confronts low international prices for oil on which the government depends and a devalued naira currency because of massive foreign currency shortages. (AP

Knesset passes controversial “land grab” law…Israel passed a law on Monday retroactively legalizing about 4,000 settler homes built on privately owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, a measure that has drawn international concern.The legislation has been condemned by Palestinians as a blow to their hopes of statehood. But its passage may only be largely symbolic as it contravenes Israeli Supreme Court rulings on property rights. (Reuters

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Civic groups and rights defenders in Burundi face growing repression amid sporadic violence stemming from the president’s disputed third term, a group of United Nations human rights experts said Monday. (AP

Protesters marking the anniversary of the death of an anti-colonial hero clashed with police in northern Morocco, in violence which authorities said left 27 officers injured. (Reuters

Brazil’s president on Monday ordered 200 troops to the southeastern state of Espirito Santo, where a police strike in recent days sparked a wave of violence including what is already believed to be dozens of murders.

Afghan officials were working on Monday to reach remote villages after avalanches and heavy snow killed at least 119 people around the country. (Reuters

Colombia’s second-largest rebel group, the National Liberation Army, released a soldier it held hostage for two weeks. (BBC

The president of South Sudan said on Monday that soldiers who rape civilians should be shot, trying to mollify citizens outraged by abuses by security forces and quell growing international anger over attacks. (Reuters

Scientists tracking a crop-destroying caterpillar known as armyworm say it is now spreading rapidly across mainland Africa and could reach tropical Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years, threatening agricultural trade. (Reuters

Gambia’s former interior minister who applied for asylum in Switzerland is being investigated for possible crimes against humanity committed in his homeland, Swiss federal prosecutors said Monday. (VOA

The Yemeni journalists’ union, rights groups, and family members are demanding an inquiry into the mysterious death of a top investigative journalist after an autopsy showed that he was poisoned. (AP

The Philippines’ Catholic Church assailed President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs for creating a “reign of terror” among the poor, in sermons read out at Saturday services that will be repeated to congregations across the country on Sunday. (Reuters


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Can Education Uphold Human Solidarity? (The Daily Star

Inside Brazil’s gang-run prisons (IRIN

Female Genital Mutilation is a Gruesome Impediment to the Empowerment of Women (IPS

The inconvenient truth about foreign aid (Open Democracy

A US-trained scientist was deported, then became the ‘father of Chinese rocketry’ (PRI


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