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Posts Tagged ‘Opinion’

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.

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.

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.

Hard work does not always equal success

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

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 […]

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.

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.

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 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.

Poetry

AFP photo   By Ron Larson

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.

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

EPA photo   By Hazel Speed Liberal Democrats – what can be said about Tim Farron‘s Manifesto?

Pakistan–Afghanistan Relations

By 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.

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

Olatunji Obasa   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.

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

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed In political terms, Jeremy Corbyn’s Manifesto may indeed be his political ‘bucket list’.

Ideological Battles Behind Enemy Lines

AP photo   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 […]

Moors Murderer Ian Brady dies

Reuters photo   By 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.

Nigeria’s formal informal sector must change gear and reverse

By Prince Charles Dickson With the Joint Admission Matriculation Board examination season underway, I shook my head at the kind of future Nigeria has for her young ones, with an estimated 1.7 million high school students taking exams to get into college or university as we call it in these parts.

The untouchable Malik Riaz: a by-product of our system and attitudes

Reuters photo   By Imad Zafar The Bahria Town rampage which claimed the lives of two people, wounded around 150 and left a dozen people paralyzed for life, finally came into the limelight after the Chief Justice of Pakistan took suo-moto notice of the incident.

Poetry

Reuters photo   By Ron Larson

Brexit, Barnier and Irish border issues

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed David Davis, Secretary for Exiting Europe, has voiced his concerns as to the proposed agenda (Phase 1), in respect of discussions between the EU and the UK regarding leaving Europe, and there will be many who agree with him.

A misconstrued status of health and the dicey affairs of political society

AP photo   By Ogunniyi Abayomi ‘Skeptical’, ‘prune’ and ‘glossy’ are terms illustrating the theatrical displays among our political actor cum leaders whose misidentified responsibilities are altered at the expense of shady benefits and services while the enlightened masses are deceived.

The end of Iraqi and Syrian woes and the disappearance of ISIS

Reuters photo   By Dr. Fadi Elhusseini When entangled elements make it hard to reach sound analyses, conspiracy theories appear to be a good tool to explain the unexplained. This applies perfectly to the situation in the Middle East.