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Archive for April, 2017

The Abdel-Magied Anzac controversy teaches us valuable lessons about ourselves

By Rupen Savoulian Professor Michelle Grattan, journalist and expert commentator on Australian politics at the University of Canberra, wrote an article regarding the ruckus that erupted around the Anzac Day comment of Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied.

Sri Lanka and the International Criminal Court

Reuters photo   By Thambu Kanagasabai There appears to be some confusion as to the scope of functions and jurisdiction of the ICC, and more particularly its jurisdiction over Sri Lanka’s alleged war crimes.

Thousands trapped by fighting in South Sudan as aid agencies pull out

Siegfried Modola/Reuters   By Katy Migiro Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have fled their homes and are now trapped under intense sun without food, water or medical care, aid agencies said after fierce fighting forced them to pull out of the region.

Poetry

FAO photo   By Emmanuel Joseph

Dangerous Political Games

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Prior to the Brexit Referendum itself, announced by the then Prime Minister (Mr Cameron), neither he, The Speaker nor the scribes or legal Members in Parliament (either Houses); nor the months of campaigning leading up to the vote gave mention, nor challenge in respect of any irregularities as to […]

Kenyan nominations: Choosing thieves and land-grabbers

Reuters photo   By Joe Khamisi In a few days, the contentious – sometimes violent – party nominations ahead of Kenya’s forthcoming general elections will come to an end and the final and most delicate leg of the political phase will begin.

Fiction: Iwalewa — Virtue Of Beauty

By Amore David Olamide

Jamaica’s High School Gang Problem

By Ricardo Swire 2016 Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) statistics calculated 258 criminal gangs co-exist on the Caribbean island. Bases are located in St Catherine North and South, St James, Clarendon, Kingston West, St Andrew South and Westmoreland, evidence highlighting that schools serve as recruitment centers for gangs and local organized crime groups. Gangs in schools […]

Poetry

Yasir82 photo   By Vatsala Radhakeesoon

Sarkozy camp eyes power sharing role under France’s Macron

Benoit Tessier/Reuters   By Emmanuel Jarry France’s centre-right party, seeking to rebound after the defeat of its presidential candidate, said it could share power with Emmanuel Macron if he is elected, as pollsters predict, on May 7.

Mrs May vs Mr Corbyn in last pre-election PMQs

Reuters/PA   By Hazel Speed This was the most bizarre and incongruous event.

Poetry

AFP photo   By Md. Khaled Hosen

Beautiful Nubia

By Akinola Sesan Segun Akinlolu, whose performing name is Beautiful Nubia, is a Nigerian folk artist, a cultural and human rights activist, social reformer, poet, novelist, and political critic.

Trump puts Mexican Wall on hold – for now

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Apparently, there has been no shortage of contractors submitting their interest and/or presentations/proposals to build President Trump’s Mexican Wall.

Poetry

AFP photo   By Ndifreke George

Observations of an Expat: China at the Crossroads

AFP photo   By Tom Arms China is at a political crossroads with a nuclear-tipped Mack truck driven by a suicidal North Korean juvenile threatening to plough into its side with disastrous consequences for Beijing and the rest of the world.

Leaders brief Congress at White House on North Korea threat

Carlos Barria/Reuters   By Kanwal Abidi Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Marine Corps General Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, briefed members of Congress at the White House earlier on the review President Donald J. Trump ordered of U.S. policy […]

Pakistan’s new season of ‘Game Of Thrones’

Reuters photo   By Imad Zafar To understand the dynamics of Pakistani politics, one needs to watch the popular drama series ‘Game of Thrones’. Based on George R R Martin’s series of novels ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ this drama serial focuses on the moves and conspiracies to win power games. I am sure […]

Macron and Le Pen trade accusations in French election race

Lionel Bonaventure/Reuters   By John Irish France’s two presidential candidates traded barbs on Tuesday with centrist Emmanuel Macron accusing far-right rival Marine Le Pen of promoting hatred, while she labelled him as the “candidate of the oligarchy.”

Poetry

Reuters photo   By Santosh Kumar Pokhrel

Sir Keir’s Brexit is as clear as mud

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed I watched Sir Keir Starmer speaking live on TV ‘explaining’ as Shadow Brexit Minister, what Labour’s view of Brexit is, but to be honest, I am not sure I understand it sufficiently myself to outline herein.

International authorities fight online child abuse

By Ricardo Swire Caribbean internal security professionals are responsible for the protection of approximately forty million residents, among them a vulnerable and defenseless societal group. At the turn of the twenty-first century the sexual abuse of children and associated evils morphed to a globalized market that preys on developing nations. International statistics estimate child predators […]

Poetry

Prashant Godbole   By Chetna Joshi Bambroo

The runners in the UK Political Grand National

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed Only Nicola Sturgeon has the ability (since the days of Mrs Thatcher) to have the effect on people that when she appears on TV, the First Scottish Minister is at risk of having a similar drink named after her. If she hasn’t already.

Hollande urges French to reject Le Pen in presidential run-off vote

Christian Hartmann/Reuters   By Bate Felix and John Irish France’s outgoing president, Francois Hollande, on Monday urged people to back centrist Emmanuel Macron in a vote to choose his successor next month and reject far-right leader Marine Le Pen, whose place in the run-off represented a “risk” for France.

Poetry

Gabi Ben-Avraham   By James Dennis Casey IV

The Alchemy of Modern Economics: The Fundless Society

By Vickie Zisman I must admit that the subject of this post has simmered a long time, the trigger being a recent discussion in one of the LinkedIn groups: a laid-off 55-year old professional struggling to get back into organised employment.

Underworld Movements

Reuters photo   By Ricardo Swire In early April 2017 one of Spain’s most wanted felons, “El Canoso” or “Grey-Haired” was arrested in a restaurant in Armenia, Quindio, Colombia.

Poetry

Marius Vieth   By JD DeHart

France’s Macron appears set for Elysee in runoff with Le Pen

Benoit Tessier/Reuters   By Sybille de La Hamaide and Matthias Blamont Centrist Emmanuel Macron took a big step towards the French presidency on Sunday by winning the first round of voting and qualifying for a May 7 runoff alongside far-right leader Marine Le Pen.