Nigeria president visits site of Boko Haram massacre

Feb 27, 2015

Nigeria president visits site of Boko Haram massacre

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday visited the town of Baga where Boko Haram Islamists are accused of slaughtering hundreds of people last month in the group’s worst-ever massacre. “I wen t… to visit communities devastated by the excesses of Boko Haram,” Jonathan told ...

Nigerian leader escapes blast at campaign rally

Feb 3, 2015

Nigerian leader escapes blast at campaign rally

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday escaped a suspected suicide bomb blast after he left a campaign rally in northeast Nigeria, as the country braced for fresh Boko Haram attacks before polling day. The head of state had been addressing supporters of his ruling Peoples ...

Feb 1, 2015

Boko Haram launches new assault on key Nigerian city of Maiduguri

Boko Haram fighters on Sunday launched a fresh attempt to take over the strategically crucial northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, a brazen attack on a state capital just two weeks before national elections. Four residents said the fighting began at roughly 3 a.m. with ...

Concern for Japan's democratic process

| Dec 27, 2014

Concern for Japan's democratic process

by Michael Hoffman

Elections are the lifeblood of democracy. They represent an awesome empowerment — the right of citizens to peacefully overthrow their government and choose another. The prime minister called an election. He submitted his government to the judgment of the people. The election was held. ...