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The Electronics Ban and Lessons in Futility

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By

Binoy Kampmark

Security measures are often exercises in futility. Resembling placebos, they are the reassurance authorities make as acts of intrusive inconvenience. Queues are increased at airports in the vain hope that an elusive gel carrier will be nabbed before the next detonating device is activated on a flight. Shoes are checked to see if they pass muster. Devices are scrutinised.

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Mrs May meets Nicola Sturgeon prior to triggering Brexit

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By

Hazel Speed

Mrs May returned to Scotland today, firstly to broadcast a statement outlining her vision for the United Kingdom to become even stronger after Brexit.

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Help urgently needed for South Sudanese refugees

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By

Male Daniel

The Government of Uganda and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi appealed over the week to the international community for urgent and massive support for the thousands of South Sudan refugees who continue to arrive in Uganda every day, fleeing brutal conflict, compounded by the limited availability of food.

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Child marriage soars in Yemen as famine looms

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By

Emma Batha

Child marriage has soared in Yemen as families struggle to feed their children amid a conflict that has left the country on the brink of famine, the U.N. children’s agency stated.

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Poetry

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By

Ron Larson

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DRC has a problem of political, economic and social governance

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By

Sylvain Muyali

Alphonse Ntumba Luaba, former Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and former Congolese Minister for Human Rights, believes that the DRC has a political, economic and political governance problem.

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Labour issues list of six key tests for Brexit

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Hazel Speed

Labour MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Sir Keir Starmer, has presented a list of six tests which he says are required if Labour are to back any final deal in Parliament regarding Brexit.

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Poetry

By

Kanyinsola Olorunnisola

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The Saudi war on Yemen enters its third year

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By

Rupen Savoulian

This month marks two full years since the start of the Saudi-led, US-supported war on Yemen. As this war completes two years, involving a blockade of Yemen and the consequent collapse of the nation’s economy, the prospect of famine is now appearing very real.

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Politics Of Failure: Congress Moves Away From Trump

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Mark Davis

Juggling numbers to validate a point in a discussion is nothing new to those on the left. Obamacare was passed into existence with lies and persists by the same methodology. Claiming millions would be hurt when Obamacare’s claws are finally removed from the health system is nonsense.

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Cyclone Watch in Australia

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By

Binoy Kampmark

The curious, sweaty mammals of North Queensland in Australia are bracing themselves for yet another cyclone with an anodyne name. Cyclone Debbie might have impressed you as a person who turns up at the door asking for donations for the Red Cross Appeal. But cyclones are rarely disposed to sweetness, featuring in a serious of catastrophes that have affected various continents.

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Poetry

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By

Jo-Ella Sarich

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Merkel’s conservatives win Saarland vote in boost for national campaign

Ralph Orlowski

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By

Paul Carrel and Hakan Erdem

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives won a regional election in the western state of Saarland on Sunday, dealing a setback to their Social Democrat rivals and boosting her prospects of winning a fourth term in September’s national election.

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Britain now needs to get behind Brexit

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By

Hazel Speed

Mrs May has obviously been deferring the filing of Article 50 in consideration of allowing the EU anniversary celebrations to take place first.

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Nigerians do not want change…Ironically

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By

Prince Charles Dickson

 

“I am not upset, I am not upset!” Yet a grown man swears angrily six times because of last night’s pounded yam.” Local axiom.

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Poetry

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By

Lianne Kamp

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Observations of an Expat: Brexit Goes Nuclear

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By

Tom Arms

The EU is worried about losing their American nuclear umbrella. The UK is worried about losing their European market and their seat at the European top table. Britain has nuclear weapons. The EU has markets. Is there a fit?

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Kenyan Opposition in a quandary over top gun

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Joe Khamisi

It is not difficult to understand the unrelenting conundrum that has befallen the four gentlemen at the head of the opposition NASA coalition in Kenya.

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Victims honoured in London terror attack

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Hazel Speed

The morning after. The United Kingdom is hurting, but the words from all today is that terrorism will not deter democracy, as can be seen by the earlier clip in Parliament.

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YouTube’s bid to grab TV dollars imperiled by advertiser revolt

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Julia Love, Jessica Toonkel and Tim Baysinger

The decision by a handful of high-profile consumer brands to pull advertising from Google’s YouTube over offensive content could threaten the site’s long-term strategy of stealing ad dollars from television, analysts and ad industry professionals said Thursday.

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Poetry

Billy Hathorn

 

By

Eaton Jackson

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Fiction: Private School

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By

Esomnofu Ebelenna

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Complex Internal Security

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By

Ricardo Swire

An official report from the Republic of Haiti’s National Police (HNP) Deputy Commissioner informed that on Monday March 20, 2017 at approximately 2:00pm rocks were thrown and gunshots fired at the ex-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide‘s motorcade, as it approached a downtown Port-au-Prince intersection.

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Poetry

By

Ahmad Al-khatat

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Five dead, around 40 injured in Parliament ‘terrorist’ attack

Richard Pohle

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By

Toby Melville and William James

Five people were killed and about 40 injured in London on Wednesday after a car ploughed into pedestrians and a suspected Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a policeman close to Britain’s parliament.

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ICC to award compensation to victims of DRC war crimes

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By

Sylvain Muyali

Judges from the International Criminal Court (ICC) could on Friday award the first sums allocated to the compensation for victims of war crimes, estimated at more than 16.4 million dollars by the lawyers of the victims of an attack on a Congolese village in 2003.

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1945: The Beginning Of Modern African Political Thought?

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Durodola Tosin

There are several reasons why many regard 1945 as the beginning of Modern African Political Thought. To say, however that Modern African Political Thought started in the year 1945 is a total misconception which will be unfair to history.

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Poetry

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By

Eddie Awusi

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Fiction: Blurs of Red

By

Iwu Jeff

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Protectors or Perpetrators?

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By

Ricardo Swire

Historically law enforcement in Venezuela has been bloody and heavy handed. A brutal response during 1989’s “Caracazo” symbolized failure of the old internal security apparatus.

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