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Poetry

By

Rick Davis

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What exactly is India’s GRIN initiative?

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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.

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Fiction: Spirit Dance

By

Stephen Faulkner

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Poetry

By

Lisa Morris

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Observations of an Expat: May U-Turn

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By

Tom Arms

The Lady turned—big time.

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UK General Election: How the vultures are gathering

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By

Hazel Speed

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

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Poetry

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By

Ron Larson

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A MINUSTAH Mission Evaluation: UN Peacekeeper Abuse

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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.

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Poetry

By

Ian Fletcher

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

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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 8th June. Was she wise?

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

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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.

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Is the NHS guilty of corruption?

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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.

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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

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Poetry

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By

David R Mellor

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Drug Smuggling Assaults

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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.

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The Death Penalty?

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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.

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Are you addicted to your sales targets?

By

Siddhartha Rastogi

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Poetry

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By

Lianne Kamp

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Being grateful – the monotonous refrain that needs to stop

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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 taps into the deep recesses of white Australian racism and privilege, and is indicative of the level of political thinking currently predominating in Australian society.

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Trump is not Kennedy and this is 2017

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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, the threat is more deadly than ever and neither side is bluffing.

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Poetry

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By

Charlie Brice

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Nigerian children, Nigeria’s future

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By

Prince Charles Dickson

 

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

 

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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.

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Poetry

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By

Blanca Alicia Garza

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Observations of an Expat: Syria, Russia and Trump

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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?

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Killing the future in the name of God

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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.

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United Airlines ‘Shares Flight’ is Descending

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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 plane or helicopter crashes, etc, so his latest client’s circumstances, that of being forcibly dragged from his legally purchased airline seat (before the United Airlines plane had even left the tarmac), will probably go straight to settlement in an effort to initiate ‘damage limitation’ for this airline.

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Poetry

Kitty Green

 

By

Beate Sigriddaughter

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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 (like the indefatigable Richard Branson) dispensing wise advice on every virtual corner how to attain this state of bliss.

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Should Kenya Legalize Marijuana?

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Joe Khamisi

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

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