Tag Archives: BBC

Bankers are the dictators of the West

Robert Frisk writes in The Independent: The banks and the rating agencies have become the dictators of the West. Like the Mubaraks and Ben Alis, the banks believed – and still believe – they are owners of their countries. The elections which give them power have – through the gutlessness and collusion of governments – become… Read More »

A review of Teju Cole’s Open City

In The New Yorker: The narrator of “Open City,” Julius, is in his final year of a psychiatry fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian, and the book covers roughly a year, between the fall of 2006 and the late summer of 2007. He is around thirty, and tells us that he came to America as a university… Read More »

Nigerian police killing at will

From the BBC: Nigerian police killing at will, says Amnesty Nigerian police are carrying out a shocking level of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, Amnesty International says. The rights group’s three-year inquiry details cases of prisoners tortured to death and shootings at roadblocks. Amnesty says the police complain they are poorly trained and that criminals… Read More »

Nigeria to give 10% of oil cash to Niger Delta people

reports the BBC: Nigerian officials are reportedly planning to give 10% of the country’s oil revenues to people in the Niger Delta, an area plagued by insurgencies. Presidential adviser Emmanuel Egbogah told the UK’s Financial Times that the money would go directly to communities, bypassing powerful state governors. Analysts say the government fears local officials… Read More »

The (unintended) effect of the bank takeover in Nigeria

Remember this story about the Nigerian central bank taking over five Nigerian banks? Well, it seems that a result of that has been a sort of credit crunch in the country. From the BBC: Lagos-based manufacturing firm, supplying cables to Nigeria’s fledgling national grid. With more than 500 skilled staff, it is exactly the kind… Read More »