Editorial: Tuck Magazine 2017 and 2018

January 2, 2018 Editorial

 

Tuck Magazine had another ‘successful’ year, the number of articles and writers published, in addition to readers around the world increasing from the previous year.

 

1721 articles were published in 2017, from 540 different writers around the world.

 

We are indebted to our contributors, readers and friends for ensuring that Tuck Magazine, an independent and free press, continues to be an inspiring read, reporting on important issues, making each think and reflect on the world around them.

 

When looking back on a year one invariably focuses on the negative, particularly relating to news, politics and current affairs. 2017 was of course no exception in this regard, the year being dominated by Donald Trump’s presidency, in addition to the increasingly disturbing rise of the far right around the world. It is no surprise that the former is here linked with the latter, Trump’s daily activities, be they via twitter, an executive order or other ill-judged statement or action, causing distress or bewilderment in equal measures.

 

Another story that has and continues to dominate is that of inappropriate sexual behaviour or sexual abuse, the former Hollywood Miramax mogul Harvey Weinstein earlier this year being outed by fellow celebs in the press. This is in stark contrast to the large number of serious allegations of child sexual abuse in previous years against not only celebrities but MPs, government officials and members of the clergy, most of which were dismissed and ridiculed by the press. One can only hope that following the rise of such allegations against Weinstein, Spacey, Hoffman, Allen and all, as well as the relative acceptance of such by the public and mainstream media, that the aforementioned child abuse claims be looked into again and treated with the same level of respect and seriousness they surely deserve.

 

As for this magazine we will for as long as possible endeavour to continue reporting on as many important stories from around the world, centering on human rights, empowering and giving each a voice that may not necessarily be heard elsewhere. For this we rely on the goodwill, passion and integrity of not only our writers, but also readers who play an equally important role.

 

Most media outlets around the world are in their own financial turmoil, clamouring for the hits and readers that are becoming more and more precious by the day, the seemingly all important advertising dollar being the be all and end all of their business, integrity and the original goal of providing an unbiased and free media fading into obscurity. It is disturbing to see even respectable news outlets and publications conceding to the inevitable and posting inappropriate and often irrelevant content on their site, not to mention the glut of advertisers attached. Tuck Magazine has had numerous offers from such advertisers and content ‘creators’ and, while the need for revenue to pay our writers and running costs is perhaps greater than most given we have no financial support, will not back down, lose focus or compromise our vision and the important work we publish. Despite the relative inevitability therefore of another media outlet crashing to the wayside, and failing of course a hefty lottery win or wealthy backer(s), Tuck will continue for as long as possible until the inescapable gloom overcomes and reality of the media in the modern apathetic, indifferent, celebrity obsessed age finally calls a day on another important outlet.

 

 

 

For now however we thank 2017’s talented contributors without whom we would not be publishing each week day:

 

 

Chine Labbé

Cynthia M. Lardner

Gérard Bon

Gloria Nakiyimba

Ron Larson

Hazel Speed

Prince Charles Dickson

Rick Davis

Sami Jamil Jadallah

Tanushree Ghosh

Kanwal Abidi

Abigail Rathbone

David R Mellor

Tom Arms

Joe Khamisi

Cliff Graham

Ananya S Guha

Ogunniyi Abayomi

Wally Swist

Thambu Kanagasabai

Rafah Al Saad

Charlie Brice

Siddhartha Rastogi

Therese Young Kim

Ricardo Swire

Michael Holden

Estelle Shirbon Prime

Jennifer N. Shannon

Sarah Ito

Prakash Bimil

Prince Adetunji Fabode

Imad Zafar

Ahmed Tharwat

Nelson CJ

Alève Mine

Samuel Ayoade

Akinpelu Yusuf

Santosh Kumar Pokhrel

Magdalena Mis

Emily Bilman

Abdulrahman M Abu-yaman

Moses Chukwuemeka Daniel

Deborah Kahan Kolb

Rina Chandran Anjali

Abasi Torty Tortivie

Daipayan Nair

Ayesha Rascoe

Kumarathasan Rasingam

Allison Grayhurst

Dave Patterson

Anoucheka Gangabissoon

Valda Organ

Jill Crainshaw

Madamidola Oladele

Quleen Kaur Bijral

Ebi Robert

Jose Kalathil

Rajesh Nair

Bikash Mohapatra

Olivia Vande Woude

Joseph Besong

Broken Montague

Stella Allou

Katy Migiro

Samantha Neugebauer

Muhammad Shoaib Khan

Rupen Savoulian

Lisa Morris

P C K Prem

Umberto Bacchi

Ellen Wulfhorst

Sheila Scobba Banning

Abdulkareem Awwal Opeyemi

Maayan Lubell

Tara Sattar

Mark Davis

Saru Pokharel

Michel Rose

 Sudip Kar-Gupta

Samir Raiti Mtamba

Sylvain Muyali

Linda M Crate

Amit Shankar Saha

Lin Taylor

Valeria Cardi

Stephen Philip Druce

Binoy Kampmark

Emma Batha

Kanyinsola Olorunnisola

Jo-Ella Sarich

Paul Carrel

Hakan Erdem

Lianne Kamp

Julia Love

Jessica Toonkel

Tim Baysinger

Eaton Jackson

Esomnofu Ebelenna

Toby Melville

William James

Durodola Tosin

Eddie Awusi

Iwu Jeff

Ujjwala Kakarla

Robert Kilborn

Byobe Malenga

Musa Gift Masombuka

Durgesh Verma

Sheuli Akter

Scott Thomas Outlar

Sneha Subramanian Kanta

Ittrika Pandit

Zeeshan A. Shah

Dov Weinman

J.J.Campbell

g emil reutter

Indunil Madhusankha

Thomas Escritt

Toby Sterling

Harshal Desai

Nicole Surginer

Carl Scharwath

Philip Blenkinsop

Pitambar Naik

Laboni Saif

Alok Mishra

Leslie Philibert

Gopal Lahiri

Sandy Rochelle

Nivedita Dey

Vishal Ajmera

Wole Oguntola

John Jimoh

Kofi Acquah

Emmanuel Joseph

Micheal Ace

Michael Chin

G David Schwartz

Safia Izhar

Alexandra Umlas

Daginne Aignend

Obaji-Nwali Shegun

Anuradha Nagaraj

I.B. Rad

Hira Azhar

Penn Kemp

Crystal Snoddon

Awesu Olaniyi Williams

Susan Bellfield

Katy Migiro

Amore David Olamide

Vatsala Radhakeesoon

Emmanuel Jarry

Md. Khaled Hosen

Akinola Sesan

Ndifreke George

Kanwal Abidi

John Irish

Santosh Kumar Pokhrel

Chetna Joshi Bambroo

Bate Felix

James Dennis Casey IV

Vickie Zisman

JD DeHart

Sybille de La Hamaide

Matthias Blamont

Alejandro Escudé

Leigh Thomas

Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Michael Mulvihill

Peter Louis

Bikash Mohapatra

Stephen Faulkner

Lisa Morris

Ian Fletcher

David R Mellor

Lianne Kamp

Blanca Alicia Garza

Beate Sigriddaughter

Marieta Maglas

Adrian Croft

Elizabeth Pineau

P.J. Johnson

Fee Thomas

Vera Ignatowitsch

Sunil Sharma

Alan Britt

Hongri Yuan

John Chizoba Vincent

Ifa Agnes

Ingrid Melander

Anoucheka Gangabissoon

Nurul Hoque

Donatella Rovera

Ògbeni Làgbàyí

Anastasia Moloney

Ahmed Tharwat

Ken Allan Dronsfield

Ramona Thompson

William James

Patrick Graham 

Gary Beck

Hakeem Enesi Momoh

Denis Dyomkin

Sarah Ito

Martina Reisz Newberry

Noah Barkin

Sean Kelbley

Yasser M. Dhouib

Robin Emmott

Steve Holland 

Leslie Philibert

Mary Ann Callahan

Pranab Ghosh

Tejasvi Saxena

Florence Joseph

Kylie MacLellan

Michael Holden 

Matthew J Hall

Jon Super

Akuchie Ifeanyi Michael

J.R. Wu

Naa Dedei Botchwey

Ratnesh Dwivedi

Harlan Yarbrough

Michael Joseph Patton

Ayesha Rascoe

Ken Poyner

Ennin Kwaku Godfred

Matthew J. Lawler

JoyAnne O’Donnell

Fadi Elhusseini

Ngozi Olivia Osuoha

Nasreen Iqbal Kasana

Benedicte Kumbi

Kabedoopong Piddo Ddibe’st

Mathieu Rosemain

Andrew Callus

Howard Debs

Opal Ingram

Renee Drummond-Brown

Don Krieger

Dragos Niculescu

Clive Aaron Gill

Madhabi Das

Anindita Bose

Sally Hayden

Johnny B

Byron Kaye

Philip Pullella 

Jerome-Mario Utomi

Andrew Hubbard

Mica Rosenberg

Andrew Chung

Stephanie van den Berg

Stela Xega

Constance van Niekerk

Nome Emeka Patrick

Uduak Uwah

Femi Tunde Okunlola

Anahit Arustamyan

Alyssa Trivett

Ayeyemi Taofeek

Isaac Abban

Kayode Afolabi

Gift Friday

Patricia Zengerle

Susan Cornwell 

Eugene Skeef

Mehedi Hasan

Kumar Hassan

Darrell Herbert

Trish Wootten

John Grey

Andy Bruce

Alistair Smout 

Jan Wiezorek

Nixon Mateulah

Valerie Volcovici

Jeff Mason 

Bernard Ollo

Bijay Kumar Show

Anant Mishra

Richa Chadha

Koraly Dimitriadis

Ajmal Khan

Pat Ashinze

Damiam Vincent Henry

Ogundele Faith Oluwaranti

Oshogbemi A E Peter

Elisabeth Horan

Ugwu Leonard Elvis

Bob Eager

Raminder Paul Singh

Katie Lewington

Shahper Hassan

Oki Kehinde Julius

Muhammad Nasrullah Khan

Raymond Asante

Roshini Shetty

Sheena Pillai Singh

Abdulrazak Iliyasu Sansani

Paul Brookes

Rahul Mall

Michael T. Bee

Samuel Son

Munia Khan

Mbizo Chirasha

Ibrahim Ayobami Balogun

Tamanna Hossain

Jameel W. Karaki

KJ Hannah Greenberg

Ricky Garni

Amit Parmessur

Donise Sheppard

Lynn White

Steve Carr

Daniel Casey

Alisa Velaj

Surbhi Anand

Ilda Lamçe

Kanika Gautam

Penn Kemp

Anca Mihaela Bruma

Gerry Sikazwe

Mark W. Jones

Zena Howard

Amlan Biswas

Success Akpojotor

Jeff Rasley

Devon Balwit

Sanju Clement

Javed Ahmed

Sourav Sarkar

Purabi Bhattacharya

F. S. Byrne

Muhammad Mushtaq Khan

Jake Aller

Jennifer Scott

Victor Ola-Matthew

Maria Tosti

Megan Collins

Laureta Petoshati

Gareth Culshaw

Gary Glauber

Douglas Patterson

Sarah Ream

Bob McNeil

Sanjeev Sethi

Kakali Karmakar

Jillian Haslam

Sohail Mahmood

Paul Ilechko

Fisuyi Tolulope

Beulah Kleinveldt

Jonathan Otamere Endurance

Eze Ifeanyichukwu Peter

Harry Ricciardi

Poornima Laxmeshwar

Kingson Chingakham

Rony Nair

Nikita Parik

Zion Victor-Tade

Jon Vreeland

Amara Sesay

R. James

Husniya

Chidi Anthony Opara

Mobolaji Olawale

Joel Schueler

Judy Alexander Brice

Mirissa D. Price

Ernest Gordon Taulbee

Oluwa Seun Tiwistar

Tom Roth

Maryam Gatawa

Shola Balogun

Aakriti Kuntal

Shabir Ahmad Mir

Michael Lee Johnson

Cecilia Sandroni

Mario Vitale

Steve Robertson

Eliza Segiet

Karlo Sevilla

Susan Ranford

Ben White

Marc Brightside

Alpha Jallow

Ashi Kalim

Ogunsanya Enitan Olalekan

Henneh Kyereh Kwaku

Najib Adamu Usman

Siraj A Sabuke

Rajnish Mishra

Justin Fox

John Watt

Olubela Murewa

Peter H Armitage

Kapardeli Eftichia

Ann Christine Tabaka

Nsah Mala

Dustin Pickering

Sofia Kioroglou

Kathy Gibbons

Dime Maziba

Casey M. Millette

Debendra Kumar Bauri

R.L.M. Cooper

Lynne Zotalis

Sona Maniar

Erika Kamp

Saliha Khalid

Satis Shroff

Debbie Hall

Alycia Vreeland

Darren C. Demaree

Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois

Adam Levon Brown

Nwoba Chika Nwoba

Olabusayo Ajay

Catherine Rauchenberger Conley

Jacqueline Jules

Pramod Kumar Das

Fatimah Bakare-Dickson

David Lohrey

Umarani Jayaraj

Emily Strauss

Michele Leavitt

Hermann-Habib Kibangou

Faleeha Hassan

Robert Boucheron

Fanuel Lakew

Frederick Omari Okonneh

Krista Clark

Selden Cummings

Selorm Adoboe

Bevan Boggenpoel

Caroline Johnson

Judy Shepps Battle

Gil Trythall

Chandrani Banerjee

Nyashadzashe Chikumbu

Alina Maria

Joe Balaz

Trish Hopkinson

Grant Guy

PW Covington

Ferris E Jones

Hareem Fatima

Bronson Thomas

Chetna Joshi Bambroo

Marites Gueta

Alan Share

John D Robinson

Amreen Qadir

Julie Petersen

S Liam Spradlin

Adamu Usman Garko

Corina Constantinescu

Soren Paul Petrek

Mike Griffith

Mileva Anastasiadou

Amara Femoh Sesay

Gulam Yazdani

Kelechi A Anthony

Rania Moudaress Silva

J.J. Campbell

Nitusmita Saikia

Ebere Terr Ebere

Agunbiade Kehinde Adeshina

Yvonne Higgins Leach

Oluwapelumi Francis Salako

Brian Crandall

Ernest Ogunyemi

Norberto Franco Cisneros

Zeke Jarvis

Abigail George

Sandy Olson-Hill

Clive Collins

Marguerite Guzman Bouvard

Hugo J. Quizhpi

Ankita Anand

Marcus Agar

Riham Adly

Gail White

T.S. Bob

Kingsley Alumona

Sarah Bigham

Omar Khan

Dev Dutt

WJP Newnham

Nandini Srivastava

Muhammad Auwal Ibrahim

Ahmad Al-Khatat

Beatrice Hunter

Kate Rae

John Balouziyeh

Santosh Bakaya

Utpal Chakraborty

Maria Lagdameo

Jill Kiesow

Linda Imbler

Anna Green

Anil Trigunayat

Katelyn Thomas

Howard Brown

Vanessa de Largie

Blessing T Masenga

Sydney Saize

Philani Amadeus Nyoni

Michael Mwangi Macharia

Tynoe Wilson

Julius Muriithi

John Eppel

Sadiqullah Khan

Catherine Magodo-Mutukwa

Jurgen Troy Namupira

Oladipo Kehinde Paul

Pasi Gunguwo

Richmore Tera

Ambassador Dan Amakor

Caesar Obong

Brighton Busybee Muponda

Tendai Mwanaka

Mbonisi Zikhali

Gopichand Paruchuri

Cosmas Mairosi

Richard Mbuthia

Akor Emmanuel Oche

Aleck T Mabenge

Theodora Chirapa

Simbarashe Jongwe

Emmanuel Douglas Mulomole

Sinkende Mashayangombane

Wafula P’Khisa

S Kojo Frimpong

Rich Unger

Patrick Kamau

Liz Berry

 

 

 

 

A happy, peaceful and prosperous 2018 to everyone.

 

Michael Organ

Managing Editor and Publisher

Tuck Magazine

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