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Archive for February, 2017

Trump’s Military Industrial Complex

AFP photo   By Binoy Kampmark     “This budget will be a public safety and national security budget.” President Donald J. Trump, Feb 27, 2017  

Britain’s Shame: IICSA child sex abuse inquiry public hearings under way

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed I watched the commencement of this Hearing, television preamble interviews and discussion. It is a shocking indictment against all the perpetrators involved.

Acrimonious election campaign deepens Northern Ireland deadlock

Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters   By Ian Graham Acrimonious campaigning ahead of Thursday snap elections in Northern Ireland has increased antagonism between pro-British unionists and Irish nationalists and exacerbated fears devolved power may revert to London for the first time in a decade.

Poetry

AFP photo   By Ngozi Olivia Osuoha

Operation Stonegarden

EFE photo   By Ricardo Swire On Tuesday February 21, 2017 an intelligence driven Operation Stonegarden law enforcement mission, conducted by Puerto Rico Police’s Joint Forces for Rapid Action or FURA, intercepted 1,522 pounds of cocaine worth US$19.3 million.

Mrs May’s financial penalty against the sick and disabled, despite her grand speech

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed George Freeman, as Chief Policy Advisor to Mrs May, has created a whirlwind storm in the UK following his crass remarks in regard to wanting to differentiate between physically and mentally disabled (staying at home and taking pills for anxiety), denying the latter access to apply for PIPs Personal […]

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Reuters photo   By Penn Kemp

How many Prisoners, Holidayers, Connoisseurs and Explorers exist in your team?

Reuters photo   By Siddhartha Rastogi You enter your office premises on a busy Monday morning. Your boss has given an assignment last Friday evening to finish over the weekend. You wasted your Saturday and Sunday working on the project, got flak from your family for not spending time with them and got up early […]

How the Muslim Ban is going to affect my gastronomical life

Emmanuel Dunand/AFP   By Ahmed Tharwat Donald Trump our new Czar, the political ISIS of American politics, the one who beheaded more than a dozen career politicians on national TV during GOP debates. In his crusade against Muslims and Islam, the leader of the civilized world, replacing the leader of the free world, called for […]

Mosul: Before and After ISIS

Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters   By Rafah Al Saad   The battle for the west side of Mosul is very important not only for Iraq but for the whole world as Mosul is one of the biggest strongholds for ISIS, the Iraqi military and Shia militia also participating in the battle of Mosul.

Moonlight wins Best Picture Oscar after major onstage gaffe

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters   By Jill Serjeant African-American coming-of-age tale “Moonlight” won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, beating favourite “La La Land” after an embarrassing onstage gaffe over the announcement.

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Carlo Allegri/Reuters   By Lianne Kamp

North Korea has a new Message in a Bottle

Ann Young-Joon/AP   By Hazel Speed When I have read and listened to recent reports regarding the manner in which Kim Jong-nam was assassinated, it is a more worrying message to the West in a clever and simple package, and whilst the West concern themselves with the nuclear capability the North Koreans may be developing […]

Osinbajo and the conspiracy of nine fingers

Reuters photo   By Prince Charles Dickson   “Our wife, our wife”: come midnight and we will know whose wife she really is.

Mrs May wins Gold – Labour and UKIP ‘also rans’

Caters photo   By Hazel Speed Mrs May is ‘on a political roll’ with no challengers in sight.

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Carlos Barria/Reuters   By Ron Larson

Observations of an Expat: Alliance 101

AFP photo   By Tom Arms The Western Alliance is in disarray. Americans are sick of picking up the tab for protecting a rich Europe from a communist threat which no longer exists. Europe is terrified at being abruptly left in the lurch facing a corrupt, authoritarian Russian threat which has replaced the communist one.

France’s Macron raises curtain on election alliance to beat Le Pen

Charles Platiau/Reuters   By Brian Love and Michel Rose France’s presidential race took a new turn on Thursday as independent Emmanuel Macron raised the curtain on a partnership with veteran centrist Francois Bayrou to help him beat the far-right’s Marine Le Pen.

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AP photo   By Emmanuel Joseph

No Raila, on this one, you are off the mark

Khalil Senosi/AP   By Joe Khamisi In the heat of the American presidential campaign last year Donald Trump threatened to jail his opponent Hillary Clinton if he became president. He accused her of endangering national security through “careless” handling of official e-mails while she was Secretary of State.

Fiction: Nightmares

By Indunil Madhusankha

Warring in the Oncology Ward

By Binoy Kampmark   Townsville General Hospital

Poetry

AFP photo   By Christopher Hopkins

One Nation – the UKIP-ization of Australian politics

AAP photo   By Rupen Savoulian One Nation, the anti-immigrant ultra-right wing political party, has made a huge comeback into Australian politics in the wake of the July 2 2016 federal election. This requires a number of observations to explain its rise, the underlying factors for its reemergence into national prominence, and its impact on […]

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Greg Gibson/AFP   By Alexandra Umlas

Germany’s ‘man of the streets’ Schulz plots path to defeat Merkel

Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters   By Paul Carrel and Holger Hansen His only experience of governing in Germany is as a town mayor. She is Europe’s most powerful leader. Yet Martin Schulz wants to end Angela Merkel’s 11-year run as chancellor and fundamentally shift Germany’s role in Europe. He might just pull it off.

Cancer as Demonology and Defeat

Eraxion   By Binoy Kampmark   “No one needs to be told what their attitude to illness should be – least of all by advertising agencies.” Margaret McCartney, BMJ, Aug 15, 2014

Murder Most Foul – Husband of Author Found Guilty

SWNS photo   By Hazel Speed The full details of the crime related herein are gruesome, horrific, incredulous but above all else, most sad.

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Patrick Semansky/AP   By Renee Drummond-Brown

Combating Israel’s Drug Trafficking Underworld

Jim Greenhill   By Ricardo Swire Medinat Yisra’el, or State of Israel, is located in the Mediterranean Sea’s eastern end. The government operates from Jerusalem, the self-proclaimed capital, its status as Israel’s official city not widely recognized internationally.