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Archive for October, 2016

Stagnate or evolve

AFP photo   By Shahper Hassan   A state where citizens have no rights and where others interfere in your life and your privacy is breached is not a state, it’s a joke.   Societies either stagnate or they evolve and they (societies) cannot evolve if citizens are kept ignorant and illiterate, not knowing about […]

Poetry

Karel Prinsloo/ AP   By Ngozi Olivia Osuoha

The lies of Lai, Nigerian stories and one pound

NAN photo   By Prince Charles Dickson So I decided to read a Lai related news item, and that was when my admonition for this week took shape…

Festival audiences line up for ambitious Serbian thriller Incarnation

By Marcus Agar High concept thriller Incarnation is the latest Serbian film to attract attention, as word of mouth builds in the wake of premiere screenings in the UK, US and in the Balkans.

Hexit – Heathrow Expansion Runway 2B or not 2B – that is the question

Frank Augstein/AP   By Hazel Speed When reading a poignant comment within a recent article I was most touched to see one by someone whose home may receive a Compulsory Purchase Order, no doubt, if Hexit goes ahead “I would lose my house community and friends.”

Poetry

By Don Krieger

Observations of an Expat: The New Cold War—Authoritarianism vs Representative Democracy

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters   By Tom Arms There is a new Cold War. It has nothing to do with the twentieth century philosophical war cries of communism, socialism, capitalism or free enterprise.

Africa hobbling out of the International Criminal Court

Reuters photo   By Joe Khamisi Africa, it seems, has begun the long-talked about process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Poetry

AFP photo   By Ron Larson

Bangladesh Launches Nationwide Coverage of ‘Child Help Line – 1098’

Andrew Biraj/Reuters   By Sheuli Akter Bangladesh has launched nationwide coverage of the country’s first toll-free ‘Child Helpline – 1098’  to provide a free telephone service to children who are facing violence, abuse and exploitation.

Poetry

Mohamed Badr   By Oki Kehinde Julius

Redefined Drug Trafficking Routes

USCG photo   By Ricardo Swire New drug trafficking patterns indicate the reintroduction of popular 1980s Caribbean routes. Drug shipment corridors between Peru, Colombia and the US are flexible, constantly evolving in response to law enforcement interdiction efforts or varying markets.

Editorial – A few necessary and important words

By Michael Organ Given the daily political tumult around the world and a certain circus in the United States, it is again time and necessary to state Tuck Magazine’s position amidst the madness.

Jordan has survived the Arab Spring turmoil, ISIS and the Syrian regime plots

AFP photo   By Nehad Ismail Jordan has survived some tough times in the last five years. It has stoically endured the stresses and strains of regional upheavals and wars despite the opinion of a number of prominent commentators who warned that the country might easily be swept away in the wake of the Arab […]

South Sudan: Deliberate killings by govt troops as UN forces fail to protect civilians

Zohra Bensemra/Reuters   By Amnesty International South Sudanese government forces are responsible for deliberately killing civilians, raping women and girls and looting property in July in Juba, the country’s capital, human rights NGO Amnesty International said in a new report launched earlier this week.

Poetry

Mahesh Balasubramanian   By Tejasvi Saxena

Bosnian Sevdah star Amira Medunjanin presents Damar: Real World Class

Schwartz Zoran Garic   By Marcus Agar   As a siren entices sailors to a watery grave, an expressive soul can lure strangers to get giddy on its intoxicating tales of love, loss and sorrow   Sarajevo-born Sevdah singer Amira Medunjanin calls on genuine emotional depth to deliver songs that tell of the allure of […]

Theatre Aesthetics in Pre-Colonial Africa

Dan Kitwood   By Shola Balogun To assert that the indigenous cults and rituals, as well as traditional religious festivals, are not mere ‘dramatic circumstances’, erudite scholars of African literature have carried out a lot of research extensively on the subject.

Poetry

Vitas Ambrazas   By Ifa Agnes

300 civilians killed in just 11 US-led coalition air strikes in Syria

AFP photo   By Amnesty International Just 11 US-led coalition air strikes in Syria appear to have killed some 300 civilians, according to new analysis from human rights NGO Amnesty International today, despite US claims that only one person has been killed by such aerial attacks.

Poetry

By Moses Chukwuemeka Daniel

The Caribbean Basin’s ‘Northern Triangle’

Reuters photo   By Ricardo Swire The Caribbean Basin extends from Florida westward along the Gulf coast, meandering south along the Mexican coast via Central America. The Basin extends eastward, across the northern coast of South America, a geopolitical region that includes the West Indies archipelago. The ongoing “Drug War” moved north from Colombia, then […]

Fiction: Something

Marius Tudor   By Bernard Ollo

Expeditors or Procrastinators

By Hazel Speed If one thing drives me mad it is dealing with procrastinators, yet like the story of the hare and the tortoise, they often seem to reap benefits despite laxed efforts.

Poetry

Rini Ruiz   By Nicole Surginer

Gunmen kill 59 in attack on police academy in Pakistani city of Quetta

Naseer Ahmed/Reuters   By Gul Yusufzai At least 59 people were killed and more than 100 wounded when gunmen wearing suicide vests stormed a Pakistani police training academy in the southwestern city of Quetta and took hostages, government officials said on Tuesday.

Cecil Rhodes must fall, but Mahatma Gandhi must stand – two statues and two controversies

Rodger Bosch/AFP   By Rupen Savoulian In October of this year, a statue of Mahatma Gandhi was removed from the grounds of the University of Ghana, only a few months after it had been erected there as a presentation from the visiting Indian President, Pranab Mukherjee.

Poetry

Sandy Skoglund   By Abigail Rathbone

The rise of creating a country against an existing country

Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP   By Ogunniyi Abayomi I was dispatched to Imo state, Nigeria in the month of October 2015 by the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) for a year orientation service and programme. Nigeria had just sworn in  General Muhammadu Buhari as the newly elected president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and everything […]

Poetry

AFP photo   By Ron Larson