Reuters blog archive

from Africa News blog:

Nigeria. Return of the “Evil Genius”

GUINEA-STRIKE/Nigeria's former military leader Ibrahim Babangida has made clear his plans to run for president in next year’s election and for “IBB”, a self-proclaimed “Evil Genius”, to take such a decision can only be a sign that he thinks it is in the bag.

If elected, a generation would have passed since he plunged Nigeria into one of its darkest spells by annulling a 1993 election which was widely regarded as fairer than some of the few before and at least some of those since.

That, and accusations that official corruption worsened under his eight year rule, certainly helped to create Babangida many more enemies, but he undoubtedly has many supporters in Nigeria and some fondly recall his time in office compared to the turmoil that followed. (Though it should be said that some in Nigeria are ready to speak in favour of late General Sani Abacha’s dictatorship.)

It could be argued that by returning to office, Babangida would have the chance to correct mistakes of which he himself has spoken.

from The Great Debate UK:

Political motives behind the trial of Suu Kyi

Soe Paing- Soe Paing is Director of the Office of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, based in the U.S. The opinions expressed are his own. -

The arrest and the filing of criminal charges against Aung San Suu Kyi for alleged violation of house arrest rules under Section 22 of the 1975 State Protection Law or "Law to Safeguard the State Against the Dangers of Those Desiring to Cause Subversive Acts" indicate that the incumbent military regime in Burma is not interested in the offer of Aung San Suu Kyi's party -- National League for Democracy (NLD) -- to join the elections scheduled for 2010 if certain conditions are met.