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Nigeria's elections I Scorpions in Brazil

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Tuesday, 12 February 2019


Editor's note

Nigerians are set to head to the polls on Saturday to elect a president, national assembly and state officials. Some have questioned the credibility of the country’s electoral system and the viability of its governance structures. Ini Dele-Adedeji takes a look back at the country’s history of coups and electoral fraud and explores whether this election could go the same way.

Brutal traffic, high crime and … scorpions? People in São Paulo, Brazil, are used to coping with the daily battles of urban life, but a recent invasion of yellow scorpions is a next level challenge. Hamilton Coimbra Carvalho explains why these venomous bugs are moving into Brazilian cities – and why it might be impossible to get rid of them.

Julie Masiga

Peace + Security Editor

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President Muhammadu Buhari attends a campaign rally ahead of the 16 February elections. EPA-EFE/Stringer

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Scorpions used to be a rural problem in Brazil. Now, residents of São Paulo and other urban areas are dealing with an infestation of these poisonous insects. AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini

Venomous yellow scorpions are moving into Brazil’s big cities – and the infestation may be unstoppable

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Brazil's scorpion infestation, which is terrorizing residents of São Paulo and other major cities, is a classic 'wicked problem.' That means officials must think outside-the-box to fix it.

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