Nicholas Bishop

In stark contrast to some of the more scandal prone political leaders the world has come to know, Jose Mujica, age 77 and president of Uruguay since 2009 leads a quiet, austere lifestyle on a farm just outside Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital city. He donates as much as 90% of his monthly presidential salary of $12,500 Read More…

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Is the Genie out of the bottle? The Environmental Protection lawsuit that may change the world

In a potentially precedent setting court case, four Nigerian farmers and Friends of the Earth Netherlands [Milieudefensie], an NGO, are suing Royal Dutch Shell, one of the largest multinationals in the world for environmental damage caused by oil spills. Shell, Nigeria’s largest producer of oil has dismissed the claims stating that domestic terrorism in the Read More…

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South Africa’s Time to Shine: Dlamini-Zuma Elected African Union Chair

On July 15, 2012 a major power shift took place on the African continent. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South African Minister for Home Affairs and formerly foreign minister was elected chairperson of the African Union Commission, beating out incumbent Jean Ping of Gabon and becoming the first female to lead the AU.

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International Aid Frozen after Rwanda suspected of backing rebels in eastern DR Congo

After recent allegations that Rwanda has been backing rebels in eastern DRC, the Netherlands (€5million), the United Kingdom (€16million) and now Germany (€21million) have suspended some, or all of, their aid budgets to Rwanda.