Observations of an Expat: Brexit Repercussions

By

Tom Arms

It looks like Marx was right. The world revolution will start in Britain. It started on Thursday.

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Britain votes to leave EU, unleashing a global turmoil

Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

 

By

Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton

Britain has voted to leave the European Union, results from Thursday’s landmark referendum showed, a stunning repudiation of the nation’s elites that deals the biggest blow to the European project of greater unity since World War Two.

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Reflections on Anzac Day: Respect the dead, heal the wounded, end all imperialist wars

By

Rupen Savoulian

April 25, 2015 marked exactly one hundred years of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (Anzac) offensive against the forces of the Ottoman Turkish empire at Gallipoli. There were many moving, and emotional commemorative activities on the day, as Australians like myself remembered those who fell in what was an ultimately disastrous campaign.

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Poetry

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By

Don Krieger

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Food insecurity in the Lake Chad basin

Patrick David

 

By

Alpha Jallow

Massive population displacements and insecurity in the Lake Chad basin are putting livelihoods and food security at high risk. In northeast Nigeria alone, the impact of the conflict on agriculture is estimated at USD 3.7 billion due to livestock losses and reduced agricultural production, destruction of irrigation and farming facilities, and collapse of extension services including veterinary health facilities.

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Solar home systems lighting rural Bangladesh

By

Sheuli Akter

Millions of Bangladeshis still have no access to electricity because grid electricity is not economically viable in the places they live.

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Poetry

By

Ahmad Al-khatat

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Pakistan Sufi singer Amjad Sabri assassinated in Karachi

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By

Waqar Haider

Another big name in Pakistan has been assassinated. The melodious voice of Amjad Sabri has been silenced, having been shot dead by gunmen in Karachi.

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Is Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania a threat to Kenya?

By

Joe Khamisi

When I worked in Dar-es-Salaam as chief editor of the Express and then the Business Times in the late 1990s, John Pombe Magufuli, now the President of Tanzania, was just a junior minister in Benjamin Mkapa‘s government.

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Bahrain national reconciliation efforts stalled: US State Dept

Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

 

By

Warren Strobel and Yara Bayoumy

Bahrain’s efforts to build national reconciliation after it crushed street protests in 2011 have stalled, and the Western ally in the Gulf has not implemented recommendations to protect freedom of expression, including nonviolent dissent, according to a U.S. State Department report obtained by Reuters.

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Poetry

By

Moses Chukwuemeka Daniel

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Zambia: Closure of independent newspaper ploy to crackdown on freedom of press

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Amnesty International

The decision to shut down the independent newspaper, The Post, is a deliberate ploy to silence the media ahead of the election, said human rights NGO Amnesty International.

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Poetry

By

Rick Davis

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Don’t buy mica from child workers, Indian officials tell traders

Ahmad Masood/Reuters

 

By

Rina Chandran

Indian officials appealed to local traders on Tuesday to stop buying mica mined by child workers, as the government comes under pressure from activists to clamp down on child labour.

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High interest rates, low financial literacy amongst barriers to Bangladesh RMG remediation

By

Sheuli Akter

High interest rates and a lack of financial literacy are highlighted as major obstacles to factories in the Bangladesh Ready Made Garment (RMG) sector from obtaining remediation financing according to a report launched by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and International Labour Organization (ILO).

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Poetry

Amandine van Ray

 

By

Malkeet Kaur

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Eritrea must immediately and unconditionally release prisoners of conscience

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Amnesty International

The Eritrean foreign minister’s confirmation that all politicians and journalists arbitrarily arrested in 2001 are alive is welcome news but they must now be immediately and unconditionally released, human rights NGO Amnesty International stated.

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Poetry

By

Hakeem Enesi Momoh

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213 Judges on strike in South Sudan

By

Dukhan Jundit

Judges and Justices from the South Sudanese National Committee on Monday began a nationwide strike over pay and adminstrative issues.

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Obama in Vietnam – a view from Australia

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By

Rupen Savoulian

US President Barack Obama made a well-publicised visit to two Asian countries in May 2016 – Japan and Vietnam. Specifically, he toured Hanoi, addressed the Vietnamese national congress and its ruling Communist Party, and then went on a historic tour of Japan.

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Restructuring Nigeria…a problem for critical thinkers

By

Prince Charles Dickson

Okay, I am from Plateau state, and the real issue aside from many little squabbles in the 2015 General Elections was that we were not going to allow the Berom ethnic nation to continue the domination, eight years later it was the Musheres from Bokkos. We argued and debated that there was a power sharing formula…bla bla bla

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Poetry

By

Ngozi Olivia Osuoha

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One month on from Cyclone Roanu: thousands still at risk in Bangladesh

By

Sheuli Akter

One month after Cyclone Roanu struck Bangladesh, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is warning that thousands remain in need of urgent help as the monsoon season hits.

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Poetry

Steven Saillant

 

By

Ijalusi Samuel

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Who was responsible for the Kedarnath disaster?

By

Dhiraj Kumar Beniwal

It has been three years since the deadliest natural calamity at Kedarnath Dham.Thousands of people died at Kedarnath on June 16,2013.

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Combatting Violent Extremism

Francois Lenoir/Reuters

 

By

Cynthia M. Lardner

The fight against violent extremism is being fought by a shift in global consciousness resulting in a collective effort by governments, NGOs and stakeholders, including individuals at the local level. Radicalized extremism, which has nothing to do with religion, is an ideology founded on inducing fear of imagined or future danger. It is a feeling, not an action. Simply stated, extremism is psychological warfare.

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Silent Anarchy

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Arvind Yadav

 

By

Ananya S Guha

The other day I read in the newspapers how an Indian lady fought for the rights of street children.

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Poetry

By

Soodabeh Saeidnia

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‘Sunny Rain-n-Snow’ By U Atreya Sarma: A Review

Review 

By

Subashish Bhattacharjee

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Nigeria and the Needed Revolution

By

Dami Lare

It is not for want of design appropriate or thought feasible that many suffer their over-romantic assessment of times and conditions with a ‘call for a revolution’ (total upheaval): a prompt to be found in rhetoric and epistles that litter the cyberspace (especially Facebook).

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