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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.

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.

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 […]

Mrs May vs Mr Corbyn in last pre-election PMQs

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

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.

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.”

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 […]

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.

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.

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.

Fleeing the RatPac: James Packer, Gambling and Hollywood

AFP photo   By Binoy Kampmark To tabloid filled US audiences, Australia’s billionaire and casino mogul, James Packer, has tended to be associated more with having a hand on Mariah Carey’s voluptuousness than decent deals and sound business prowess.

Corbyn puts icing on a half-baked cake

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed Jeremy Corbyn has proposed four Bank Holidays to celebrate the Saints of each Constituent Country of the United Kingdom.

Responsible Fathers, Airports, and the Orphaned Roads of Nigeria

Reuters photo   By Prince Charles Dickson In the country of Armenia, in 1988, Samuel and Danielle sent their young son, Armand, off to school. Samuel squatted before his son and looked him in the eye. “Have a good day at school, and remember, no matter what, I’ll always be there for you.” They hugged […]

UK Police Shoot to Kill Policy overlooks something

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed Considering world events, where terrorists have utilised various vehicles as their weapon of choice, and the dreadful loss of life and injury of innocent people, especially targeting Police in particular (in France and London in the past few weeks), it is inevitable that the UK Police have now put […]

DHS Unveils Trusted Traveler Comparison Tool

AFP photo   By Kanwal Abidi Department of Homeland Security on Friday unveiled a new Trusted Traveler comparison tool. The tool helps prospective applicants find the DHS Trusted Traveler Program that best matches their citizenship and travel preferences.

Understanding Islamic State, death cults and empty slogans

AP photo   By Rupen Savoulian In Australia, politicians of all stripes are conducting a national conversation about the origins, rise and ways to challenge the fundamentalist militia Islamic State (IS).

Le Pen loses ground to Macron in French election race

Martin Bureau/Reuters   By Leigh Thomas French centrist Emmanuel Macron is set to come out on top in the first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday as far right leader Marine Le Pen fell further behind him in an Elabe poll published on Friday.

Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech suited more to a former age

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed Sometimes, it is said, that people can wait for something for so long, that when the optimum moment arrives, the message has been superseded by events, or usurped by others.

Panama verdict: Sharif injured but survives to fight the ‘Godfathers’

AFP photo   By Imad Zafar Finally after a long wait, the verdict of the Panama Papers case in Pakistan has been announced. Five judges gave a lease of life to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by not disqualifying him on the petition filed by Imran Khan and company.

Kenya opposition supporters wait for the white smoke as lawlessness spreads

Tyler Hicks   By Joe Khamisi Anyone following the political developments in Kenya must be worried, very worried, about the state of lawlessness as the country approaches a consequential general election less than four months away.

As Nepal-China joint military drill continues, Nepal President visits India

HT photo   By Jose Kalathil With the first-ever 10-day long Nepal-China joint military drill ongoing, which began on Sunday at the Nepal Army’s Para Training School in Kathmandu, Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari is at the same time currently on a five-day visit to India, her first overseas tour, which India considers a diplomatic […]

PMQs or a visit to the Hellfire Club?

HOC photo   By Hazel Speed Prime Minister’s Question Time yesterday, (followed by the Prime Minister’s statement, then debate, after which a vote took place in respect of a snap General Election), was such a loud, bawdy and undignified affair, that I am sure the historic Hellfire Club would seem more sedate in comparison.

At least 82 aid workers killed in South Sudan since December 2013

By Peter Louis Eugene Owusu, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan said that the ongoing fighting in some parts of this country continues to compound an already dire humanitarian situation.

What exactly is India’s GRIN initiative?

PTI photo   By Bikash Mohapatra   The Ministry of Human Resource Development’s Global Research Interactive Network (GRIN) attempts to address India’s “brain drain” issue, and convert it into “brain gain,” while simultaneously focusing on improving the quality of education in India and developing an innovation culture.

Observations of an Expat: May U-Turn

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms The Lady turned—big time.

UK General Election: How the vultures are gathering

SNP photo   By Hazel Speed It has been quite sickening to watch the broadcasts today – already ‘wall to wall’ arguing-the-toss between political parties.