Nigeria

Let's Remember #BringBackOurGirls on International Day of the Girl Child

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 10.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

October 11th marks the International Day of the Girl Child, a day to promote the rights of girls and address the unique challenges they face. It will also mark the 179th day since more than 270 Nigerian girls were awakened by gunfire and kidnapped from their Chibok boarding school by Boko Haram.

Nigeria's Optimism Amid Ebola's Threat

Neil Seeman | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Neil Seeman

Optimism resides in Nigeria, despite the potential horrors of Ebola's global spread. Why so? As of September 23, the Centers for Disease Control has 21 confirmed cases with eight deaths in Nigeria from Ebola. That number is low. This is, in part, because childhood education is essential to the rising Nigerian economy.

The Complicated History Behind The Formation Of Boko Haram's Caliphate

Udoka Okafor | Posted 10.25.2014 | Canada
Udoka Okafor

The news of The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant declaring a caliphate infuriated the international community. But now, how do we understand Boko Haram and deal with their increasingly brutal domination? We must understand them through the ideologies that define them and their history.

The Nigerian Government Is a Greater Threat to its People Than Boko Haram

Udoka Okafor | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada
Udoka Okafor

Corruption is a disease that has infiltrated the fabric of my country, Nigeria. It has become a way of life. Corruption exists, not simply at the human level, but at an institutional level as well. Our political climate and sociocultural narrative is fundamentally shaped by corruption.

How the Ebola Crisis Is Uniting the World

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.10.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern over Ebola is one of the world's most important actions although people may choose to see it differently; the situation requiring its call may lead to fear and panic. But, the only reaction should be resilience.

NATIONAL EMERGENCY

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada

ABUJA, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan declared a national state of emergency on Friday over the Ebola outbreak in Africa's ...

Economic Development And Human Rights Shouldn't Be Mutually Exclusive

Udoka Okafor | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Udoka Okafor

What does it matter how many cars we eventually learn to start manufacturing, the roads we pave and buildings we erect, if those cars are used to transport homosexuals on our freshly built roads to the freshly built prisons.

The Purpose of Feminism

Lauren Messervey | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

The remedy for all ignorance is simple; compassion and education. If you come across a 21st century "alpha" male basking in North American blindness, be kind. They are less-educated in the ways of human behavior, and perhaps it is best to leave them to it. Pick up the torch, speak up, and educate those who are willing to listen. Your voice has power. Never let go of the truth in equal rights.

Don't Forget About the Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 08.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

The clock began ticking April 14, when the 276 girls were abducted from their dormitories. Two months have now passed, and 219 girls remain missing. The more time passes the greater the risk, including the girls being sold into marriage or engaged in the worst forms of child labor, sexual exploitation and violence and recruitment into armed groups.

Nigeria Must Remain Neutral When It Comes To Religion

Udoka Okafor | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada
Udoka Okafor

Freedom of religion and freedom of conscience are rights that are so fundamental to the maintenance of democratic principles of state that it calls for a fervent protection of the rights of atheists and religious persons, alike. The rights of atheists and the rights of religious persons ought not to entail persecution of said persons.

Blame Human Nature For Boko Haram, Not Islam

Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan

In the United States gruesome murders are common and merit only passing attention. In a shooting spree, also in April, three people were killed at a Jewish community centre near Kansas City. The media did not mention the religion of the accused. Had they been Muslim their religion, and perhaps Muslims in general, would have been maligned.

Pray for the Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada
Debbie Wolfe

With every day that passes, the Nigerian schoolgirls could be moving further into dangerous territory of all kinds. Exploitation like the kinds they may be facing can have intensely disturbing effects on a child's social, emotional cognitive and spiritual well-being -- as well as their long-term development.

This Economic Cycle's Oxymoron: More Growth, Less Cash

Peter Hall | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Cash has been plentiful in emerging markets. Between 2009-2012 as quantitative easing ramped up, there was a massive expansion in borrowing on global bond markets by emerging market (EM) sovereigns, banks and companies. As a result, EM economies are now closely integrated into global debt markets, and thus more affected by actions taken in Developed Markets (DMs), particularly the withdrawal of quantitative easing (QE).

Yes, You Can Sell 300 Girls in a Market -- Are We Outraged Yet?

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Josh D. Scheinert

Slavery is real. According to Boko Haram, the terrorist group wreaking havoc in Nigeria, the nearly 300 girls that it abducted from school are to be sold in a market. This is an outrage, an affront to every notion of our individual and shared humanity. But it's only a drop in the bucket.

Canada To Help Find Abducted Nigerian Girls

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - In the messy world of competing international interests, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird decided Wednesday that the fate of hundreds of a...

Can the World Do Anything For the Kidnapped Girls of Nigeria?

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Wayne K. Spear

As I write this, the swell of a Western grassroots outcry against the Nigerian outfit, Boko Haram, appears to be forming across social media. There's a specific aspect of war crimes which it is necessary to emphasize, and that's the use of sexualized violence against women as a tool of war. Can we all agree to stop using the phrase "the forcible sale of women into marriage"? Church bells and nuptials this is not. It's profiteering from rape in a triple currency which is simultaneously economic, military and psychological in nature.

Nigeria Outlaws Everything Gay

CP | Michelle Faul, The Associated Press | Posted 03.15.2014 | Canada Politics

LAGOS, Nigeria - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada is "deeply concerned" by a new law in Nigeria, signed by the president without announ...

Nigeria's a Mess -- But Don't Blame the Oil

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

The tragedy in Nigeria is less about the oil itself than it is about failed governance. Without radical improvements in public policy, Nigeria will continue to be a poor destination for investment. That's bad for everyone. But don't blame the petroleum for the problems there -- blame the public policy.

Emergency Action Plan For Polio: Effort To Eradicate Disease Moves Forward

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.24.2012 | Canada Living

Partners in the effort to finally rid the world of polio are taking another step today, launching an emergency action plan strategists hope will prope...

Nigeria Fashion Week Turns Spotlight On African Designers

CP | Yinka Ibukun, The Associated Press | Posted 05.13.2012 | Canada Style

LAGOS, Nigeria - Africa-influenced fashion, from Yves St. Laurent's 1960s collections to Proenza Schouler and Derek Lam's Spring 2012 shows, have been...

To Learn to Flush, You Need a Toilet

Michael Bociurkiw | Posted 05.11.2012 | Canada
Michael Bociurkiw

The world has reached the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of cutting by half the number of people without access to safe drinking water, five years ahead of the 2015 deadline. While that is good news, millions of people, for instance, still live without a toilet. Not a very sexy topic -- but one which is of great concern if the world is to meet goals on reducing under-five mortality.

The Wrath of Spam Mail

Peter Worthington | Posted 02.17.2012 | Canada Living
Peter Worthington

I received an email saying the Singlaubs were in London and had been robbed, lost their passports, and their hotel wouldn't help. I was surprised and concerned, until my son-in-law persuaded me this was likely a scam. On checking, his email identification had a letter reversed, so it was slightly different. A phony.

Not Too Late for Europe to Back Ethical Oil

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 12.23.2011 | Canada Politics
Kathryn Marshall

If there's any oil that Europeans should be worried about, it's all the bloody conflict oil entering its borders and that it will continue to depend on as long as they insist on closing their doors to ethical, Canadian oil.

Canada's Dirty and Dangerous Oil Sands

Ben Amunwa | Posted 12.19.2011 | Canada
Ben Amunwa

EthicalOil.org has a reputation for using just about anything to promote Canada's tar sands. This Monday it was my turn to get 'tarred' as the website's spokesperson Kathryn Marshall declared herself to be on "the very same page" as me. The assertion could not be further from the truth.

Save the World, Support Ethical Oil

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 12.16.2011 | Canada Business
Kathryn Marshall

What makes Canadian oil so ethical isn't because all the oil producers here are naturally inclined to uphold the highest standards of worker rights and environmental stewardship. It's because Canada expects that of them and, in many cases, demands it of them through publicly backed regulation.