Stories: Corruption

  • How Christians in Kenya Are Trying to Hack Government Corruption

    In a small side hall inside a ministry building, a group of young developers and artists huddled over their laptops. Half-filled Fanta and Coke bottles sat forgotten in the center of the table as the group worked in studied concentration while gospel music played in the background. With crumpled candy wrappers lying nearby, the scene was reminiscent of a college...

  • Top Russian Officials Are Starting to Realize That the Country’s Economy Is in Big Trouble

    You wouldn’t know it from the Chanel boutiques and Maserati dealerships lining the boulevards inside Moscow’s Garden Ring, but economic conditions in Russia are becoming dire. The ruble has weakened to record lows not seen since the 1990s, capital is bleeding out of the country for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, and the economy...

  • Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and Al Qaeda 2.0 – Islamic Extremism in Africa

    The kidnapping of more than 300 Nigerian school girls weeks ago – and now word of a new massacre – by Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group that operates in northern Nigeria, has drawn the attention and outrage of the international community. The Obama Administration said Tuesday it plans to send military officials and hostage experts to help...

  • With Brazil’s Petrobras Under Fire for Corruption, Have Brazilians Had Enough?

    Brazil's leading Worker's Party is under intense scrutiny this week amid Senate hearings and mounting allegations of corruption at Petrobras, the state-run oil company. This is the second high-profile corruption scandal to plague the ruling party in the past decade. The landmark 2005 Mensalão case, where 38 national politicians were accused of crimes ranging from money laundering to...

  • No Woman Should Lose Her Life, Giving Life

    Mrs. Bello has been bleeding since giving birth.  Let’s go back to the beginning. A true-life story is told about a pregnant woman (whom I’ll refer to as Mrs. Bello) who did not realize her pregnancy had gone past nine months. It was not until her neighbour offered to introduce her to a local...

  • Mombasa Rising? Secessionist Movement Grows on Kenya’s Coast

    Kenya's Coast Province boasts of wealth of opportunity -- pristine beaches, deluxe hotels, a major port and an oil refinery -- but for locals in the picturesque city of Mombasa, it's hardly a paradise. Years of land grabbing and cronyism have made them squatters on their own ancestral lands. Increasing numbers of residents feel they can only gain...