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Archive for February, 2017

From Rights to Repentance: Norma McCorvey and Roe v Wade

J Scott Applewhite/AP   By Binoy Kampmark   “I wasn’t the wrong person to become Jane Roe. I wasn’t the right person to become Jane Roe. I was just the person who became Jane Roe, of Roe v Wade.” Norma McCorvey with Andy Meisler, I am Roe: My Life, Roe v Wade (1994)

Hateful, toxic rhetoric creating a dangerous and divided world

Mario Tama/AFP   By Amnesty International Politicians using toxic rhetoric, reminiscent of the 1930s, are creating a dangerous and divided world, said human rights NGO Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world.

Sweet Crude: Has Nigeria been used and dumped?

George Osodi   By Awesu Olaniyi Williams If America was to have an assigned gender, it would be a male. Forget any misogynistic tendency, the US has always been a master charmer from the days of the Marshall Plan to the post cold war era.

Poetry

Mukiibi Sserunjogi   By Kabedoopong Piddo Ddibe’st

Wake Up India…

Reuters photo   By Siddhartha Rastogi   3 Evils which can push the economy on a downward spiral

Uganda launches gold refinery

By Gloria Nakiyimba Uganda now boasts of having a state of the art Gold refinery in Sub Saharan Africa.

Poetry

Christophe Debon   By John Mingay

Mirror Trading – Money Laundering

By Ricardo Swire As a money laundering countermeasure, especially against ingenuity developed by drug traffickers and terrorists, banks mandated employees to submit Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR) on all irregular transactions. Not long ago select mega banks, represented by “The Clearing House (TCH),” officially requested changes to industry rules. TCH’s operation as a finance group offers […]

Famine hits parts of South Sudan

Siegfried Modola/Reuters   By Male Daniel War and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation in parts of South Sudan where famine has now been declared, three UN agencies warned.

Poetry

Lucas Jackson/Reuters   By Samuel Son

Because We Are Hypocrites in Nigeria

Manish Swarup/AP   By Prince Charles Dickson Hypocrite. Hypocrisy is the state of pretending to have beliefs, opinions, virtues, feelings, qualities or standards that one does not actually have. Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a lie. The Nigerian story is either hypocritical, or contains much of hypocrisy today.

Trumped by a Royal Flush

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed The UK Parliament yesterday held a three hour debate as to whether President Trump’s state visit should be revoked following a petition signed by 1.8 million people to date.

Poetry

By Susan Kahil

Kenya and South Sudan must reveal fate and whereabouts of two abducted

By Male Daniel A United Nations expert group on enforced disappearances has called on the governments of Kenya and South Sudan to reveal the fate of two South Sudanese men who were abducted in Kenya last month.

Fears at Munich: The Mattis Pitch on NATO

EPA photo   By Binoy Kampmark   “Ladies and gentlemen, the Transatlantic bond remains our strongest bulwark against instability and Russia.” US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, Feb 17, 2017

Pak-India Composite Dialogue: An Analysis

By Raja Farrukh Zeb   The two states Pakistan and India started their formal dialogue at the end of 1947, to talk about the payment of money to Pakistan along with a share in the assets, which India denied at first. The two countries also held meetings in 1972 to discuss the issue of the […]

Senior UN human rights official condemns deplorable rights situation in South Sudan

Andreea Campeanu/Reuters   By Male Daniel The UN Assistant Secretary-General for human rights, Andrew Gilmour, at the end of his four-day visit to South Sudan over the week called for those committing cimes of atrocity in the country to be held accountable.

Poetry

Andrew Harnik/AP   By Mirissa D. Price

An Open Letter to First Lady Chantal Biya: The Anglophone Crisis

AFP photo   By Joseph Besong   The First Lady of Cameroon H.E Madam Chantal Biya has been presented with an open letter. Biya’s deaf ear to calls from the religious, traditional, and politicians has caused others to try another option, that of passing through the first lady. Below is the open letter.

Tony Blair, have you been sharing the same water cooler as President Trump?

PA photo   By Hazel Speed What is it with people who have had their time in the limelight but want to return to politics like old singers who have numerous final concerts?

World Bank joins Bangladesh to empower poor mothers and improve child nutrition

UN photo   By Sheuli Akter The government of Bangladesh and the World Bank have launched a cash benefits program for 600,000 of the country’s poorest mothers and pregnant women in exchange for their participation in activities to improve their children’s nutrition and cognitive development.

Poetry

Reuters photo   By Ron Larson

Observations of an Expat: Mind The Gap

AP photo   By Tom Arms Mind the Gap. Three very familiar monosyllabic words for anyone who has travelled on the London Underground. The taped announcement is a warning to beware of the potentially dangerous space between the railway carriages and the platform. But it has a political meaning too.

Uhuru Kenyatta uses old Moi tricks to win votes

EPA photo   By Joe Khamisi It is grindingly dizzying to see what Uhuru Kenyatta is doing months prior to the general elections.

Poetry

Joshua Roberts/Reuters   By Wally Swist

Fiction: The Story of Jonah (2071 AD)

Wanuri Kahiu   By Damilola Jonathan Oladeji

Some Station Waiting Rooms operating two tier systems

By Hazel Speed South East Rail (as opposed to issues with Southern Rail) are showing a discrimination to those with Freedom Passes in that they will not give passengers (their off-peak clients) access to waiting rooms that are now and have been for years, combined with cafe concessionaries despite former waiting rooms often being boarded […]

Poetry

By Opal Ingram

Drought Crisis In Kenya

Stephen Morrison/EPA   By Cynthia Meru The #EmbraceAFamily Campaign by the Kenya Red Cross Society is appealling to all Kenyans, Partners and Stakeholders to join them and help tackle the ongoing drought crisis by supporting one family for a month by donating 3000 Kenya Shillings.

Between Message and Martyrdom: The World Press Photo of the Year

AP photo   By Binoy Kampmark   “Photographs really are experience captured, and the camera is the ideal arm of consciousness in its acquisitive mood.” Susan Sontag, On Photography (1977)