September 25, 2013 |
For many years now, the publishing house of David R. Godine has been producing some of the most attractive books of our time. Witness this little volume of reminiscences by J.M.G. Le Clézio , the recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature . While nowhere near as grand as some of those earlier Godine publications focusing on art and book history, " The African " reveals a comparable attention to detail, thanks to the care of designer Carl W. Scarbrough. The striking dust...
August 31, 2013 |
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Suspected Islamist sect members ambushed and killed at least 24 members of a youth vigilante group who were on a mission to find and fight the sect in northeastern Nigeria, a security official said Saturday. Those who returned from Friday's attack told officials that 36 other vigilantes were missing, the official said on the condition of anonymity because he is not permitted to speak to the news media. "The vigilante youths numbering over 100 were on a mission to...
July 31, 2013
The July 30 editorial " Polio jumps the fence " reached the reasonable conclusion that recent outbreaks of poliovirus among displaced people and security-threatened populations need to be checked. It should also have explored the basic issue. Polio, like smallpox, can be completely eradicated from the entire world. It could have been eradicated decades ago but for religious objections to vaccination in Pakistan and Nigeria. Displaced people have now carried the infection to other populations.
July 20, 2013 |
DIEBU, Nigeria — The first drops of crude float in the languid muddy currents of Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta, then slowly grow into the splatter of a massive crime scene. Oil thefts, long a problem in the Niger Delta, are increasing at an ever-faster rate despite government officials and international companies offering increasingly dire warnings about the effect on Nigeria's crude production. Some 200,000 barrels a day — representing about 10 percent of the country's production — are siphoned off pipelines...
July 6, 2013 |
POTISKUM, Nigeria — Islamic militants attacked a boarding school in Nigeria's embattled northeast before dawn Saturday, dousing a dormitory in fuel and igniting it as students slept, survivors said. At least 30 people were killed in the deadliest attack yet on schools in the region. Authorities blamed the violence on Boko Haram, a radical group whose name means "Western education is sacrilege. " The militants have been behind a wave of recent attacks on schools in the...
June 22, 2013 |
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Islamist extremists threatening a bloodbath forced thousands of people out of villages in Nigeria's northeast, where refugees said Saturday that the fighters have regrouped after a month-long military crackdown. People who had escaped from the bush near Nigeria's border with Cameroon and fled to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, said that militants from the Boko Haram terrorist network have also written letters warning government workers to resign under threat of...