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Nigeria’s oil militancy: Did the Minister lie?

Olu Ajayi   By Awesu Olaniyi Williams Our culture doesn’t permit us to say an elderly person has lied, not to talk of someone in power. Such address seems haphazardly spurious to ethical paradigm. But expressions like “Economical with the truth” might aptly capture the mind of the above heading.

Sweet Crude: Has Nigeria been used and dumped?

George Osodi   By Awesu Olaniyi Williams If America was to have an assigned gender, it would be a male. Forget any misogynistic tendency, the US has always been a master charmer from the days of the Marshall Plan to the post cold war era.

What is Trump’s plan in Iraq?

Ali Abbas/EPA   By Rafah Al Saad Iraqi eyes look to the White House, Donald Trump now the President, who talked a lot about Iraq before winning the election.

Venezuela: Time to Prevent Another Syria

John Moore/AFP   By Cynthia M. Lardner   Comparing and Contrasting Venezuela and Syria   The world stands by in horror watching the Syrian War crisis unfold in the news. Now with over 150 countries, paramilitary groups and terrorist groups involved, there is no answer to the question of how to create peace. The harsh […]

Energy sector development in British Columbia, Canada putting indigenous women at risk

Photo/Amnesty International   By Amnesty International Decades of unchecked energy sector development and government policy failures have put the lives of indigenous women and girls at risk and strained the social fabric of communities in Canada’s British Columbia province, human rights NGO Amnesty International said in a new report published.

The lies of Lai, Nigerian stories and one pound

NAN photo   By Prince Charles Dickson So I decided to read a Lai related news item, and that was when my admonition for this week took shape…

Trump vs Clinton – Let him without sin throw the first stone

Saul Loeb/AFP   By Hazel Speed Unlike President Obama, I am not as an English/British person ‘poking my nose’ into American politics.

Oil: Will Kenya be a victim of the ‘African Curse’?

By Joe Khamisi Less than one year from now Kenya will be exporting its first barrel of oil.

Economic diversification, job skills can help accelerate growth in Bangladesh – ADB

Munir Uz Zaman/AFP   By Sheuli Akter Improved infrastructure and a more diversified economy can help Bangladesh increase economic growth, create meaningful jobs, and enhance the country’s structural transformation as a thriving middle-income economy, say two new Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports.

Warlords, please leave South Sudan alone!

Camille Lepage   By Joe Khamisi  If reports from Juba are to be analyzed objectively, South Sudan, dubbed Africa’s youngest nation, may be on the verge of a fresh ethnic conflagration and possible economic collapse.

Soft Power in the Middle East: The Invisible Skirmish

Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters   By Dr. Fadi Elhusseini The Middle East continues to be of major geostrategic importance. Global powers found, in recent developments, an opportunity to chart their way into the region; sending troops and reinforcements, rebuilding alliances and restoring old relations. Amidst this chaotic environment, a number of regional forces opted to adopt a different […]

Regional armies struggle in last push against Boko Haram

Luc Gnago/Reuters   By Joe Bavier “You’ll all be able to go home soon. Boko Haram is nearly finished,” Niger’s Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum told a crowd of refugees seated quietly on dusty, sun-baked flats.

Arab Brains, Arab $, Why Not?

Reuters photo   By Sami Jamil Jadallah Away from politics for a few minutes. Immediately after Yasser Arafat signed the Oslo Accord with its lucrative contract to manage the Israeli Occupation, there was much excitement among Israeli and Arab capitalists, even among politicians like Shimon Peres, who were dreaming of combining Arab Money with Israeli […]

Will India Mar China? – The Indian Economy in Modi’s Time – Part One

Punit Paranjpe/AFP   By Ratnesh Dwivedi  Christine Lagarde of the International Monetary Fund is one of many who believes that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has improved rapidly and is on the right track. International recognition is one aspect but what are the challenges in India becoming a powerhouse while China […]

Please don’t call me ‘Third World’

By Joe Khamisi  I get furiously disgusted when I hear people using the term “Third World” in reference to poor, less developed countries like mine. This is a term peddled loosely by toms, dicks, and harrys in the so-called “developed” countries to despise, insult, and degrade young nations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, that are […]

South Sudan economy falters ahead of possible collapse

By Dukhan Jundit The Central Bank of South Sudan has announced that the country’s currency reserves may last only one month following warnings of a possible collapse of the nation’s economy.

In Deep Waters with China and Russia

Ng Han Guan/AP   By Cynthia M. Lardner   The Threat to Global Stability and Security   Geopolitical tensions have risen to a level where another major war or even world war is no longer outside the realm of possibilities. There has been a military build-up by the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of […]

Observations of an Expat: Vietnam now US Proxy

Carolyn Kaster/AP   By Tom Arms It has taken 41 years. But Vietnam has finally completed the long journey from arch villain to American proxy. The final catalyst for this transformation? The South China Sea and the competing claims of China and Vietnam for these 2.2 million square miles of strategic maritime real estate.

South Sudan Minister resigns accusing Governor of corruption

By Dukhan Jundit Following the appointment by South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit of new cabinet ministers for the Unity government, the Terekeka State Minister of Information on Monday resigned his post.

Interview with Anant Mishra

  Michael Organ interviews Anant Mishra, human rights and political commentator, prolific author and former youth representative to the United Nations.

Changing political economics in Europe: Leaving the energy mark

By Anant Mishra Introduction The much talked of European Energy policy–or “European Energy Union” was always in the minds of heads of European Union member states. But due to their lack of lack of political will, the idea did not proceed. That has now changed and “once deliberately discussed in EU parliament” is heading to […]

Are we serious in wanting to eliminate ISIS?

By Sattar Rind Many writers, intellectuals, government or non-governmental think tank personnel and scholars are writing about and discussing the cause of ISIS’ birth.

Call to cease oil activity around oldest natural park in Africa

By Darell Maurice The British NGO Global Witness calls on the Congolese and Ugandan authorities to “prevent” any oil activity near the Virunga National Park, the oldest park in Africa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a statement released last week.

Is ISIS a real threat to the world?

By Sattar Rind Everyone is talking about ISIS and its threat. Are they going to capture the world and brutally kill all human beings who do not believe them and their particular sect of Islam, as they come from the Islamic jurisprudences – Hanbali, Salafi or very commonly known Wahhabi?

Not ISIS, but the Superpowers that are killing us

By Sattar Rind In our local lingo there is a proverb or saying that ‘the axe is not cutting the tree, but the piece of wood, part of the tree itself, that is responsible for downing the tree’. Looking to this proverb, if we were to analyse the war of statements between the superpowers, we […]

Pakistan hit by new spate of suicide attacks

  By Sattar Rind It has now been over a year since Pakistan’s comprehensive joint military operation, Zarb-e-Azb (sharp and cutting strike), began. This operation is against local or foreign militants who are hiding in the safe havens of North Waziristan and other parts of the Pak-Afghan Border areas.

Addressing the Power Play: Re-examining the European Energy Policy

By Anant Mishra Introduction  The Energy Policy is one of the most pressing issues in international relations, especially in the much industrialised and globalised world.

China, Pakistan and Russia

By Sattar Rind It is a fact that things have changed considerably following Russia’s strike against ISIS in Syria. World politics have unexpectedly been transformed into a new World (Cold) War. This of course demands that new horizons be discussed in depth and every country must be thinking about its role in this new political […]

Similarities between the Afghan and Syrian Wars

By Sattar Rind The US/NATO attack on a Russian military jet on Tuesday November 24, using the Turkish air force to do its sullied work, is a hazardous act of war against Russia with very dangerous consequences for the world.

ISIS and Muslim countries

  By Sattar Rind The meaning of life is one of the many unsolved problems in philosophy that seeks answers from the questions posed by the universe. It is the theologians however who are apparently deemed the most definite people of this world. Absolute truth and any questioning of doubt is forbidden in religion, especially in […]