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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.

A MINUSTAH Mission Evaluation: UN Peacekeeper Abuse

AP photo   By Ricardo Swire In March 2017 the United Nations Secretary-General advised MINUSTAH, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, that their numbers will be reduced from approximately five thousand personnel.

Mrs May calls General Election for 8th June – Was this wise?

PA photo   By Hazel Speed Yesterday morning, Mrs May made a surprise announcement outside No 10 Downing Street that she will be putting forth a Motion in Parliament on Wednesday in accordance with the Fixed Term Parliament Act in the hope she will achieve a two thirds vote to have a General Election on […]

Macron urges French to get rid of old generation as race tightens

Christian Hartmann/Reuters   By Michel Rose Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron urged French voters on Monday to turn the page on the last 20 years and bring a new generation to power, as he stepped up attacks against resurgent far-left and conservative rivals six days before voting day.

Is the NHS guilty of corruption?

PA photo   By Hazel Speed The NHS have been offering bribes to GPs (and who knows if others are also being similarly approached), in the hope they accept what they are being offered so that GPs will stop sending patients to hospitals, regardless of need.

Can India become a global education hub?

Mohamed Yousuf   By Bikash Mohapatra   With a proud legacy, exciting prospects and a proactive government, this is India’s best chance to make it count and become the education capital of the planet

Drug Smuggling Assaults

Reuters photo   By Ricardo Swire On Wednesday April 12, 2017 US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) and Air & Marine Operations (AMO), seized 1,320 pounds or 600 kilos of cocaine.

The Death Penalty?

AP photo   By Hazel Speed Ruth Ellis was the last person to hang in England (in 1955), and even then, there are those who think she was not guilty of the crime or that at worst, it was manslaughter but then again she may have been protecting someone else, the real murderer.

Are you addicted to your sales targets?

By Siddhartha Rastogi

Being grateful – the monotonous refrain that needs to stop

Reuters photo   By Rupen Savoulian A few months back, I wrote of a constant refrain in my life – being told to go back to where I come from. I elaborated the reasons why this particular slogan keeps recurring, why it is totally unnecessary, counterproductive and irritating, and why it should stop. This phrase […]

Trump is not Kennedy and this is 2017

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Those of us who recall The Bay of Pigs, even though we were children, just by listening to the news and hearing what our parents thought on the issues, we knew that we were at risk of missiles being used. Everyone was nervous. The same feeling has now returned, […]

Nigerian children, Nigeria’s future

Reuters photo   By Prince Charles Dickson   “It is 9 o’clock, do you know where your children are?” – Frank Olize, popular retired NTA anchorman.  

Policing Priorities

Lamond Johnson   By Ricardo Swire Success of the Bahamas’ internal security stability effort is at a critical stage, general elections officially scheduled for Wednesday May 10th 2017.

Observations of an Expat: Syria, Russia and Trump

Kirill Kudryavtsev/Reuters   By Tom Arms What now in Syria? Will Russia drop its support For Assad? Will the US intervene? Will Assad stay in power? Will Russia come out on top?

Killing the future in the name of God

AP photo   By Imad Zafar Mishal Khan was a 23 year old student of Mass Communication at the Abul Wali Khan university, situated in the city of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He was an intelligent, witty and peace loving young man, and a critic of hypocrital values, traditions and the political system.

United Airlines ‘Shares Flight’ is Descending

The Red Dress image   By Hazel Speed Thomas Demetrio, is the name of a Chicago Lawyer which commands respect, (and again, currently, as he seeks to achieve considerable damages on behalf of his Client, Dr Dao), as this ‘Perry Mason’ styled Lawyer is accustomed to taking on the airline industry, inclusive of fatalities through […]

Happiness is cheap

Yue Minjun   By Vickie Zisman I have noticed of late a flood of articles on happiness. In both media and social platforms, be it scientific psychological pieces or just rank-‘n-file musings on LinkedIn, FB and such, everybody seems to be frantic on decryption of the happiness formula, and various gurus – self-professed or adulated […]

Should Kenya Legalize Marijuana?

By Joe Khamisi Should it or should it not be legalized? That is the question.

Are deckle edged Grammar Schools discriminatory?

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed UK Education Secretary, Justine Greening, is currently selling ‘new lamps for old’ as she touts around the joys of grammar schools!

Nigerian Democracy

Reuters photo   By Ogunniyi Abayomi   A military infused organised democracy or liberal system of government?  

Child victims of peacekeeper sex abuse say UN never helped them

Sylvain Leichti/UN   By Code Blue Shocking new revelations about what happened to little boys sexually abused in the Central African Republic by peacekeepers, three years ago, were revealed in a Code Blue Campaign press conference.

French presidential race tightens further

Regis Duvignau/Reuters   By Adrian Croft and Elizabeth Pineau Polls showed France’s presidential election campaign tightening further on Wednesday as financial markets fretted about the rising popularity of a far-left candidate who wants to put France’s European Union membership to a vote.

Missionary work in Cameroon’s Nchang, Mamfe

OFM photo   By Joseph Besong We celebrate great men and women in the field of science but rarely do we attribute significance progress in the work of great men and women who sacrifice and continue to do so for the sake of their missionary work.

Trans-Shipment Point

By Ricardo Swire The Co-operative Republic of Guyana is a signatory to the international Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs pact, the Convention on Psychotropic Substances agreement and the Convention against Trafficking of Drugs & Psychotropic Substances treaty. The Anti-Money Laundering & Counter Financing of Terrorism Acts also bear official signatures from Georgetown.

The Power of Propaganda

Reuters photo   By Imad Zafar Someone once asked an ex French President why he did not marry. He answered, “I was looking for my ideal woman all my life.” The person asked “So you did not find your ideal?,” to which the President replied “No, I actually found my ideal woman but her ideal […]