Luigi Bonifacio

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How a former military dictator was reborn as Nigeria's democratic saviour

Triumph of former dictator has prompted mixed feelings among the country’s electorate, with some more willing than others to overlook his authoritarian past<p>When Ladi Netimah heard the news that Muhammadu Buhari had won the historic elections in Nigeria this week, she didn’t think about how she had …

When apps are driven by the market, there’s only one winner. It’s not you …

They govern more and more of our lives and the information they accumulate is supposed to empower us. But it’s the market that is the ultimate beneficiary<p>America’s three obsessions – technology, fitness and finance – have finally converged in FitCoin, a new app that allows users to monetise their …

Is being vegan the most ethical way to live?

Reducing meat consumption is important, but going vegan may not solve all our problems...<p>If you have an ethical dilemma, email Lucy at lucy.siegle@observer.co.uk<p>Today is the last day of Meat Free Week, the annual jamboree for meat reducers. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. So should you take your dietary …

Texas city opts for 100% renewable energy – to save cash, not the planet

Georgetown, Texas decision not about going green: ‘I’m probably the furthest thing from an Al Gore clone you could find,’ says city official<p>News that a Texas city is to be powered by 100% renewable energy sparked surprise in an oil-obsessed, Republican-dominated state where fossil fuels are king …

Eiffel Tower goes dark in symbolic move for Earth Hour

PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower went dark briefly to mark Earth Hour, the campaign to raise awareness about climate change.<p>The five-minute dark-out on Saturday night was a symbolic gesture in the City of Light. Cities around the world also marked the event, with other landmarks like the Kremlin and …

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Tennessee sterilisations in plea deals for women evoke dark time in America

Nashville district attorney bans staff from using the invasive surgery as a bargaining chip, but critics suggest the practice may not be as rare as people think<p>Nashville prosecutors have made sterilization of women part of plea negotiations at least four times in the past five years, and the …

Large fall in UK greenhouse gas emissions of over 8% last year

The biggest fall in emissions since 1990 saw carbon dioxide output drop by almost a tenth while energy from renewable sources rose to a record high of almost 20% of electricity, government figures show<p>The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions plunged by 8.4% last year, as household energy consumption …

Antarctic ice shelves are melting dramatically, study finds

Melting of floating ice shelves around the continent is accelerating, potentially unlocking extra sea level rise from larger ice sheets jammed behind them<p>The ice around the edge of Antarctica is melting faster than previously thought, potentially unlocking metres of sea-level rise in the long-term, …

The economy is a Democrat: Why recent history shows the value of a progressive president

When Dems control the White House, the middle class wins. And under Republicans? Not so much…<p>At the core of the debate between liberals and conservatives is a dispute over whose policies are better for economic growth, and particularly for the middle class. A new study by Bryan Dettrey and Harvey …

What George Washington Would Have Said About Netanyahu

America’s first president warned us against ‘passionate attachments.’ We didn’t heed him.<p>Early in the afternoon of Monday, February 23–the day following the anniversary of George Washington’s birth—North Dakota Republican John Hoeven rose from his seat, walked to the podium of the U.S. Senate, and …

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