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Posts Tagged ‘Opinion’

The Electronics Ban and Lessons in Futility

Reuters photo   By Binoy Kampmark Security measures are often exercises in futility. Resembling placebos, they are the reassurance authorities make as acts of intrusive inconvenience. Queues are increased at airports in the vain hope that an elusive gel carrier will be nabbed before the next detonating device is activated on a flight. Shoes are […]

Mrs May meets Nicola Sturgeon prior to triggering Brexit

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Mrs May returned to Scotland today, firstly to broadcast a statement outlining her vision for the United Kingdom to become even stronger after Brexit.

DRC has a problem of political, economic and social governance

J Bento   By Sylvain Muyali Alphonse Ntumba Luaba, former Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and former Congolese Minister for Human Rights, believes that the DRC has a political, economic and political governance problem.

Labour issues list of six key tests for Brexit

EPA photo   By Hazel Speed Labour MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Sir Keir Starmer, has presented a list of six tests which he says are required if Labour are to back any final deal in Parliament regarding Brexit.

The Saudi war on Yemen enters its third year

Khaled Abdullah/Reuters   By Rupen Savoulian This month marks two full years since the start of the Saudi-led, US-supported war on Yemen. As this war completes two years, involving a blockade of Yemen and the consequent collapse of the nation’s economy, the prospect of famine is now appearing very real.

Politics Of Failure: Congress Moves Away From Trump

AFP photo   By Mark Davis Juggling numbers to validate a point in a discussion is nothing new to those on the left. Obamacare was passed into existence with lies and persists by the same methodology. Claiming millions would be hurt when Obamacare’s claws are finally removed from the health system is nonsense.

Britain now needs to get behind Brexit

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Mrs May has obviously been deferring the filing of Article 50 in consideration of allowing the EU anniversary celebrations to take place first.

Nigerians do not want change…Ironically

Reuters photo   By Prince Charles Dickson   “I am not upset, I am not upset!” Yet a grown man swears angrily six times because of last night’s pounded yam.” Local axiom.

Kenyan Opposition in a quandary over top gun

By Joe Khamisi It is not difficult to understand the unrelenting conundrum that has befallen the four gentlemen at the head of the opposition NASA coalition in Kenya.

Victims honoured in London terror attack

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed The morning after. The United Kingdom is hurting, but the words from all today is that terrorism will not deter democracy, as can be seen by the earlier clip in Parliament.

1945: The Beginning Of Modern African Political Thought?

By Durodola Tosin There are several reasons why many regard 1945 as the beginning of Modern African Political Thought. To say, however that Modern African Political Thought started in the year 1945 is a total misconception which will be unfair to history.

Terrorist Attack: Evil returns to London

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed I had planned to write an article about the second day of debate and vote in the Scottish Parliament regarding Nicola Sturgeon’s quest for another Scottish Referendum. No sooner had I switched to BBC TV – Parliament network, when a news flash scrolled across the screen advising of a […]

The Alleged Leaked Intelligence: A Classic Russian Playbook Move

AP/AFP photo   By Cynthia M. Lardner “The FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between […]

Brexit – the Movie!

By Hazel Speed It had to happen – inevitably! Five on Brexit Island – (one book but not the last), then of course, there has to be a Brexit movie.

Kashmir: Born to Fight

Mukesh Gupta/Reuters   By Muhammad Shoaib Khan If you want to see heaven on earth, then you should visit the land of beauty, aka Kashmir. This land of beautiful sceneries, with fresh water rivers and lush green trees is situated in the north of Pakistan. It is considered a Paradise, a dream place for living. […]

Brexit: Article 50 to finally be filed with the EU

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed It was announced on Monday that the Prime Minister will be sending the formal letter re Brexit (Article 50), to the EU representative on Wednesday 29th March 2017 and will also be present in Parliament to formally notify the House on the same day.

Who is in control of the Labour Party?

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, has started something with his public claims of a potential conspiracy to end the Labour Party as we know it.

Behind Enemy Lines

Reuters photo   By Zeeshan A. Shah Over the last few decades Pakistan has gone through a major paradigm shift, both within its strategic placement within the region and with its allies all over the globe.

3-Jobs George – Swivel Door Ethics

ES photo   By Hazel Speed Recently, I wrote a piece on George Osborne – What is a man’s worth? Given the obscene amount he was to earn for doing very little in respect of financial advice, many thought that was bad enough, however on Friday, it was announced that he is to have a third […]

Buhari’s men are not working

By Prince Charles Dickson And finally the ministerial list was read on the floor of the Upper Chamber of Nigeria’s National Assembly, and in a few hours the nation was under the couch, the wailing wailers and the body language experts went into over drive. Timeline was October 2015, and I penned my thoughts…today a […]

Masterpiece damaged in National Gallery attack

PA photo   By Hazel Speed Why is it, I wonder, that periodically we hear of people trying to scar, or intend to damage beyond repair, great works of art in famous public galleries?

Observations of an Expat: Going Dutch

AFP photo   By Tom Arms Trump lost on Wednesday. I am not talking about the court ruling on version two of his travel ban. Neither am I talking about the mounting incredulity over his wiretapping claims and tax returns. I am talking about an event that took place 3,843 miles away from the White […]

Nicola Sturgeon may be sealing her own fate

PA photo   By Hazel Speed Nicola Sturgeon has painted herself into a corner by thinking it is now or never, to push for another Scottish Referendum.

Relax, President Uhuru Kenyatta, relax!

Reuters photo   By Joe Khamisi The Founding President Jomo Kenyatta did it, so did Mwai Kibaki. Now, Uhuru Kenyatta is doing it.

Just Do It…InShAllah

By Ahmed Tharwat The sportswear giant Nike has finally realized that the Hijab is not a symbol of oppression after all, but again, only if it is their design or has its logo.

Xenophobia and its interpretation within South Africa’s foreign communities

By Ogunniyi Abayomi The Nigerian and foreign communities in South Africa endure a turbulent atmosphere within their domain; be killed or watch your property burgled by radical youths. This is enacted by the myopic ideology over the dominance and control of economic, social and financial institutions by foreigners earning more than the citizens of South […]

Anniversary of the Russian Revolution

By Hazel Speed When I learned that it was a hundred years since the date of the Russian Revolution, I had a sense of sadness that I always have when I think about this tragic story.

The D-Day commemoration is not a symbol of endless US militarism

AFP photo   By Rupen Savoulian Every year, on June 6, commemorative activities and memorials are held for the anniversary of the Normandy landings, popularised by the slogan D-Day.

The Murky World of Deradicalisation

AP photo   By Binoy Kampmark It has attracted money and the implementation of programs, another standard diversionary tactic common in many societies. It is all touted as a good bit of social engineering, a form of anger management by other means. The basis of that problematic term “deradicalisation” entails the erroneous idea that telling […]

The Price of Fear, the Price of Dictatorship

Reuters photo   By Sami Jamil Jadallah   Revisiting the Arab Spring   I grew up when there were curfews that lasted for days, when listening to the wrong radio station could land you in jail, when a stupid, illiterate “security/mokhabarat” could haul you to jail for no reason and I remember when and actually […]