Episode 061

In the same week that 17 people died in Paris, 2,000 people died in another terrorist outrage in Borno, a province in Nigeria of virtually no importance to western media. No hashtag #BringBackOurGirls for them. Indeed, virtually no coverage of any kind at all. But Nigeria’s president, the inaptly named Goodluck Jonathan, managed to make a statement denouncing events in Paris while completely failing to mention the thousands slaughtered in his own country in the same week. Helping us to make sense of it all is Ini Dele-Adedeji of the London School of Oriental and African Studies.

Has the world become inured to massacres? In Mexico, people are being murdered in their hundreds and it's usually connected to the raging drug traffic across the country's border with the United States where there is a voracious hunger for junk of every kind. It's not often however that a serving mayor is arrested and charged with the murder of 43 students. That's what happened in the town of Iguala, where protesting students were rounded up, murdered and buried in unmarked shallow graves. Mexicans are finally saying that enough is enough when it comes to the rotten, corrupt political class that has misruled the country for decades. Claudio Garcia Ehrenfeld and Denise Drake, of the London Mexican Solidarity Group, came into the studio to tell us about their work and the scandal which goes all the way to the presidency.

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