At Latitude News we keep an eye out for the stories that connect the U.S. with the rest of the world. Here are our top picks for today.
Travel ban for Nigeria “not in good faith”
An editorial in Nigeria’s Leadership criticizes a travel advisory by the U.S. Department of State discouraging Americans from traveling to Nigeria. The State Department cited abductions of Americans and other foreign nationals in 2012, as well as kidnappings, robberies, and other armed attacks.
“Placing such a sweeping ban on more than 60 percent of the country is damning,” says the Leadership. “We are rather traumatised that our entire political landscape is seen by those who should be our partners in the fight against the scourges of insecurity and terrorism as inhabitable and unsafe.”
While acknowledging that Nigeria has a growing problem with kidnappings and terrorism, the piece also asks the U.S. for technical assistance to tackle the problems. The Leadership points to the Newtown shooting, as well as the generally high level of gun violence in American cities like New Orleans and Detroit, wondering why the U.S. does not issue travel advisories within its own borders: “We do not want to believe that this periodic travel advisory on Nigeria is in good faith.”
Canada’s “Top Stories” of 2012 were about America
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation asked readers to rank its top stories of 2012. The results have a distinctly American focus. The top three, respectively: the U.S. presidential election, Hurricane Sandy and a corruption scandal in Quebec.
The CBC points out that the survey of 9,400 readers was initiated prior to the horrific shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, which likely drew plenty of questioning Canadians to the CBC’s coverage.
Speaking of questioning Canadians, a few readers were unimpressed with the survey results. In the “Comments” sections, one reader lamented a lack of a write-in choice. “Pollsters should stop trying to manipulate the results,” says Boo You, “and actually asking the proper questions and let the people make their choice(s) without limiting their options !!!”
As for the quality of the choices given, Druid126 wondered: “Does biggest mean most annoying story that the media wouldn’t stop talking about? Because quite frankly every time the CBC talked about the U.S. election I clicked away…”
FBI heading to South Sudan
The Federal Bureau of Investigation will help investigate the murder of a journalist in South Sudan, according to a report in The Sudan Tribune.
Diing Chan Awol, a political commentator who blogged under the name “Isaiah Abraham,” was gunned down outside his home in Gudele, South Sudan on December 5. Abraham’s family said he had received numerous death threats warning him to stop his work, but South Sudan’s government was slow to investigate the murder. It was only last week that the country’s president Salva Kiir ordered a full inquiry and a $50,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the gunmen.
After a recent meeting between President Kiir and the U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan, Susan Page, the U.S. announced that the FBI would assist in the investigation.
“We hope that the investigation of that terrible tragedy will send a signal to all those who would violate the basic human rights here in South Sudan and lead to accountable for any of those responsible,” said Princeton Lyman, the US special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan