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Observations of an Expat: Losers

AFP photo   By Tom Arms The number of times that President Donald Trump and I agree can be counted on one knuckle, of one finger of one hand.

Trump directly scolds NATO allies, says they owe ‘massive’ sums

Christian Hartmann/Reuters   By Robin Emmott and Steve Holland U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday intensified his accusations that NATO allies were not spending enough on defence and warned of more attacks like this week’s Manchester bombing unless the alliance did more to stop militants.

Steering a political ship

AFP/Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed I cannot ever recall in my life time such political turmoil leading up to a General Election in the United Kingdom.

The UCL Festival of Culture 2017

By Michael Organ   80 free events over 6 days   UCL’s, (University College London), Festival of Culture returns this year with a programme set to showcase the rich diversity of world-class research led by staff and students in the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences.

Money Launderers’ Bank Facilitation

By Ricardo Swire Erudite criminal characters partner with select international banking executives and corporate community elements to successfully launder large cash amounts, legitimate fronts recirculating underworld profits.

How Will Blockchain Change Financial Markets?

  By Mary Ann Callahan Just a few short years ago, Bitcoin was heralded by many to be the future of money that would open up new payment opportunities and facilitate cryptocurrency trading at a reasonable  BTC to USD exchange rate.

World Citizenship and Peace

By Florence Joseph If we are to move forward to a peaceful world, we must recognize that in the midst of the magnificent cultural diversities and life forms, we are one human family and one Earth community with one common destiny.

May says to deploy armed forces after attack as threat level raised

Darren Staples/Reuters   By Kylie MacLellan and Michael Holden Soldiers will be deployed to key sites in Britain to boost security as the country raised its terror threat to the highest level of “critical” following a suicide attack in Manchester that killed 22 people, including children.

Hard work does not always equal success

Reuters photo   By Siddhartha Rastogi   Just don’t try too hard!

My Idea of a Nation

By Tejasvi Saxena This 1905 painting by Abanindranath Tagore depicts “Bharat Mata” or “Mother India”. Depicted in a tranquil pose, wielding boons to her inhabitants or devotees, the painting humanises a congeries of geographical expressions, encompassing multi ethnic, cultural, linguistic, religious diversities. The tradition of considering every inanimate object as symbolic of veneration, glorifies the […]

Victims of Geography

Reuters photo   By Ricardo Swire Tropical islands on Caribbean Sea routes are victims of geography. High-volume cocaine trafficking endeavors through the Caribbean’s isolated group of Barranquilla, Cartagena, San Andres and Santa Marta Islands demonstrate Colombian drug cartels’ relentless use of strategic offshore centers.

Silencing dissent: An attempt to control social media?

DPA photo   By Imad Zafar The crackdown season has started again in Pakistan, this time the target being social media activists. People who use social media to raise their voices on political and other policy matter issues are being asked to present themselves before the Federal Investigation Agency to prove they are not an […]

At least 22 killed in suspected suicide attack at Ariana Grande concert in Britain

Andrew Yates/Reuters   By Jon Super At least 22 people were killed and 59 wounded in an explosion at the end of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Monday, in what two U.S. officials said was a suspected suicide bombing.

What is rude for most Arabs…is not Trump’s handshake

EPA photo   By Ahmed Tharwat Lots of debate and media coverage preceded and followed President Trump’s visit to the Saudi kingdom. Anxieties and expectations filled the air. Trump, who has been behaving like a royal frat boy all his life, was visiting Saudi royalty in his first official overseas visit.

Mrs May, visibly angry and rattled by questions

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed With disbelief, Mrs May broadcast a Statement whilst in Wrexham today. As she put it herself, only six political seats will determine if a hung Parliament emerges following the forthcoming General Election. The Prime Minister, at last, has seen (or been told about), the writing on the wall. Rather […]

Actor and Boss in the Nigerian Political Drama

Reuters photo   By Prince Charles Dickson I love Nigeria, I sincerely do, possibly because I have no choice. I could love America, England, Poland, or even neighboring Ghana, become a Nigerian-Arabian or Israeli born Nigerian, it makes no difference because we are Nigerians, we are who we are…very special in our own way.

DNA in Caribbean Crime Fighting

By Ricardo Swire Jamaica has chosen to follow its Latin American neighbors’ use of a distinctive criminal justice tool, the Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) Registry actively assisting the island’s internal security officials and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) detectives.

Back to Realpolitik: Trump in Saudi Arabia

AP photo   By Binoy Kampmark   “You are a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible.” President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to President Donald Trump, New York Times, May 21, 2017

Mrs May, Pride goeth before a fall

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed There is no doubt that since the Conservative Manifesto was launched, Labour have narrowed the political lead of the Tory camp, according to commentators and polls.

Trump, the Islamic Alliance and Pakistan

Reuters photo   By Imad Zafar Change is the only law of nature that is and will always be constant. Civilizations can never be made stagnant nor can they be imprisoned in a certain period or specific time. Ideologies and patterns of thinking in civilizations always change with the shift in balance of power.

The Jamaica/Bahamas Drug Trafficking Relationship

USCG photo   By Ricardo Swire The Bahamas constellation of islands is unofficially the designated main transit station for Jamaican marijuana exports to the USA, Norman’s Cay in Exuma considered the main jewel in the Jamaica/Bahamas trafficking crown.

Mrs May vs Mr Corbyn: A Question of Honour

AFP/Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed Ruth Davidson, the Official Opposition (Conservative representative) of Nicola Sturgeon SNP, First Minister for Scotland, has always been loyal to her Conservative Party and Mrs May, that is, until now.

The New American-Saudi-Muslim Alliance

Reuters photo   By Sami Jamil Jadallah As the ‘mainstream media’ besieged President Donald Trump’s touchdown in Riyadh on his first international trip where he was expected to receive a lavish and unprecedented reception by Saudi officials to attend a busy two day summit with Saudis, GCC leaders and heads of states from the Islamic […]

Observations of an Expat: Macronian Clouds on the Horizon

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms All Hail Macron! All Hail Macron! The new French President is the latest international political darling, man of the hour and flavour of—well at least a month.

Mrs May’s Manifesto: Clever or Too Clever?

PA photo   By Hazel Speed Mrs May has taken the opportunity to capitalise on a predicted landslide ‘Brexit steered’ General Election victory to add a few surprises.

A year in office, Taiwan’s Tsai seeks Beijing’s goodwill to help curb anti-China sentiment

Tyrone Siu/Reuters   By J.R. Wu Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen is signalling she needs more give and take from China to rein in hardliners on an island China considers its own, officials say, but Beijing is unlikely to budge months before its five-yearly Communist Party Congress.

Drug Traffickers and GPS Technology

AFP photo   By Ricardo Swire The evolution of maritime trafficking expertise proves drug traffickers have both motive and means to develop new strategies that ensure delivery of their illicit cargo. Law enforcement agencies’ counter-narcotics sections challenge by placing state-of-the-art equipment and utilizing innovative interdiction methods, underworld characters manipulating legally available technology.

A Vote for the Homeless

BBC photo   By Hazel Speed ‘Hats Off’ to Alec McFadden who has intervened to ensure that the homeless people, who live close to where he works as Manager, of the Unemployment and Community Resource Centre, for Salford and Manchester, can vote.

How India Functions Under Modi – Part Five

Reuters photo   By Ratnesh Dwivedi   Press Information Bureau, Government of India

60 years after the Suez crisis, Britain still needs to learn the lessons from that conflict

AFP photo   By Rupen Savoulian The Suez crisis marked the end of an empire, but the lessons of that historic episode remain to be understood.