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Why Goodluck Jonathan Lost; Myanmar unrest; the wellness industry

April 2nd, 2015

Episode 162 of 662 episodes

When Goodluck Jonathan was president of Nigeria he insisted that Nigeria's electoral process be reformed, to ensure free and fair elections. If this was a gamble on Jonathan's part then it backfired on him when his main rival Muhammadu Buhari won last weekend's election. Buhari has vowed to crush Boko Haram and to eradicate the endemic corruption that permeates the country. Myanmar's army has launched a deadly offensive in the country's north, displacing thousands of people in the region of Kokang, and allegedly committing human rights abuses. Meanwhile, the central government has stripped millions of so-called 'non-citizens' of voting rights, including 1.1 million Rohingya, who have lived in Myanmar for generations. The wellness industry is a multi-headed beast of bloggers, authors and health gurus who urge people to renounce Western medical treatment, particularly chemotherapy, in the treatment of serious disease. Richard Guilliatt is a feature writer with The Australian's Weekend Magazine who has been breaking stories about the industry for two years: what’s driving this craze, what is Gerson therapy and why are so many people so ready to believe in it?

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