Erdogan: Self-Proclaimed Caliphate?

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Cynthia M. Lardner

 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s slim success in the April 16, 2017 referendum election enhanced his power consistent with Mr. Erdogan’s statements going back to 2014 that he aspired to become the next Caliphate. The term Caliphate has significant meaning in the Muslim world. A Caliph is a prophet sent by God to provide just governance over all of Islam. This is on the level of miracles. The Caliphate was abolished by the secularization of Turkey 99 years ago. Continue reading “Erdogan: Self-Proclaimed Caliphate?”

Top papal adviser charged with sexual assault in blow to Vatican

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Byron Kaye and Philip Pullella

 

Australian police charged a top adviser to Pope Francis with multiple historical sex crimes on Thursday, in a case that poses a dilemma for a pontiff who has vowed zero tolerance for such offences. Continue reading “Top papal adviser charged with sexual assault in blow to Vatican”

Political Methuselahs and the danger of building a nation without the youths

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Jerome-Mario Utomi

 

To think that every aphorism is applied as expressed is synonymous with believing that the lion will not charge at you just because you are a vegetarian. This brings to the fore the maxim “the youths are the leaders of tomorrow” frequently mouthed by political leaders in Africa and Nigeria in particular, but hardly work to make it a reality. Continue reading “Political Methuselahs and the danger of building a nation without the youths”

Widespread uncertainty as U.S. travel ban start looms

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Mica Rosenberg, Andrew Chung and Yeganeh Torbati

 

As President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on all refugees and travellers from six predominantly Muslim countries is scheduled to take effect, there is still widespread uncertainty about how the administration will implement it. Continue reading “Widespread uncertainty as U.S. travel ban start looms”