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Poetry

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By

Akuchie Ifeanyi Michael

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The New American-Saudi-Muslim Alliance

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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 world (minus Iran), we all know what the rewards for America will be after 8 years of a lean and mean relationship with President Obama.

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Observations of an Expat: Macronian Clouds on the Horizon

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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.

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Mrs May’s Manifesto: Clever or Too Clever?

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Hazel Speed

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

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

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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.

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Poetry

Katie Allen

 

By

Naa Dedei Botchwey

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Drug Traffickers and GPS Technology

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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.

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A Vote for the Homeless

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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.

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How India Functions Under Modi – Part Five

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By

Ratnesh Dwivedi

 

Press Information Bureau, Government of India

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Poetry

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By

Ron Larson

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

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Rupen Savoulian

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

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Invisible Vulnerability Exposé

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Ricardo Swire

On Friday May 12, 2017 cyber-criminals issued a worldwide attention grabbing reminder of internal security’s invisible vulnerability. Hackers known as “The Shadow Brokers” used stolen US National Security Agency (NSA) “cyber-weapons” to launch the “Perfect Storm” in computer environments. Kaspersky Lab, the Russian security company that tracked damages, noted seventy-four countries across Asia and Europe impacted.

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Rebel leader escapes in DRC prison raid

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Sylvain Muyali

Malaka prison in the DRC’s capital Kinshasa, which houses more than 7,000 detainees, was set on fire early Wednesday morning in an attack that the Congolese authorities attributed to Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) militiamen. This resulted in the escape of the BDK’s leader Ne Muanda Nsemi and at least 50 other inmates.

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Poetry

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By

Wole Oguntola

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Tim Farron’s Manifesto: Still, there’s always the church!

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By

Hazel Speed

Liberal Democrats – what can be said about Tim Farron‘s Manifesto?

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Fiction: Luster, or Doing the Lambent Walk

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Harlan Yarbrough

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How India Functions Under Modi – Part Four

By

Ratnesh Dwivedi

 

Press Club of India

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Poetry

By

Michael Joseph Patton

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Pakistan–Afghanistan Relations

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Muhammad Shoaib Khan

In the eighteenth and nineteenth century, two major powers were overpowering the world; Great Britain and the Russian Empire. Both were expanding in different directions, the former towards the East and North, the latter the West and South.

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US and Turkish leaders put best face on ties amid tensions

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Ayesha Rascoe

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday his country would not accept Syrian Kurdish fighters in the region but stopped short of directly criticizing a U.S. decision to arm them.

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Poetry

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By

David R Mellor

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Nigerian Senator’s Book Launch or an Orchestra of Corruption?

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By

Awesu Olaniyi Williams

Barely 48 hours ago some of the holiest men in Nigerian politics gathered together to make a concoction to purge our beloved country of corruption.

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Labour’s Manifesto or Jeremy Corbyn’s political bucket list?

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Hazel Speed

In political terms, Jeremy Corbyn’s Manifesto may indeed be his political ‘bucket list’.

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Fiction: Learning

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By

Ken Poyner

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Conflicting Evidence

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Ricardo Swire

Contrary to predictions of a “majority” shift to Caribbean drug trafficking routes, modern trends reinforce Central America as the main corridor for drug shipments delivered to USA’s 327 land, sea and air points of entry.

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Poetry

By

Ennin Kwaku Godfred

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Ideological Battles Behind Enemy Lines

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By

Imad Zafar

Criticism is a healthy thing for society if the intention is to point towards the loopholes or problems. As an analyst, journalist or writer, one needs to identify the weaknesses that are prevailing in society. Quite often while criticizing or analysing situations we the journalists and writers sometimes become activists instead of writers, thus breaching the rule of objective journalism.

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Merkel and Macron agree to draw up roadmap to deeper EU integration

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Paul Carrel and Michel Rose

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new French President Emmanuel Macron agreed on Monday to draw up a roadmap to deeper European Union integration and opened the door to changing the bloc’s treaties to facilitate ambitious reform.

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Poetry

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By

Matthew J. Lawler

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Moors Murderer Ian Brady dies

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Hazel Speed

It seems not too long ago that the 1960s were with us, but to some bereaved families it must feel like forever, as they have lived the sorrow of having lost a loved one, a child, to the cruel pair of murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

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