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NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigeria’s D-8 Membership Editorial: We Disagree With The Punch

NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigeria’s D-8 Membership Editorial: We Disagree With The Punch

It is most disappointing for Punch to toe the line of narrative of those whose penchant for using religion to promote discord and disaffection is not only known but also legendary. Editorials should be objective enough not to join the fray nor lend itself as a tool for divisive narratives. Punch must therefore have a rethink on that editorial.

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USA POLITICS: Scholars of Military Strategy, Congress Calling for ICBM Elimination

USA POLITICS: Scholars of Military Strategy, Congress Calling for ICBM Elimination

Among the advocates of dismantling the ICBM force is William Perry, defense secretary under President Bill Clinton. In a recent interview, Perry said the U.S. should get rid of its ICBMs because “responding to a false alarm is only too easy.” An erroneous decision would be apocalyptic, he said. “I don’t think any person should have to make that decision in seven or eight minutes.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigerians Celebrate The End Of War On Corruption

NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigerians Celebrate The End Of War On Corruption

Today I make good on my promise to you two years ago that I’ll kill corruption before corruption kills us. Corruption is dead! The crowd erupted with thunderous applause: “God bless you Baba! Long may you reign!” Beaming with smiles and nodding his head the president replied: “Thank you and God bless Nigeria.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Okezie Ikpeazu: Is Abia on the March Again Or…? (2)

NIGERIA POLITICS: Okezie Ikpeazu: Is Abia on the March Again Or…? (2)

From the foregoing, while one admonishes that government continues to demonstrate commitment to workers’ welfare and continue to explore ways of meeting its obligations to workers as and when due, the workers themselves have an obligation to assist government in ensuring that those who corruptly over-bloat the State’s wage bill are stopped in their tracks so that more money would be available for the emoluments of genuine workers.

With the steps Ikpeazu has taken so far in addressing this issue, and with the cooperation of every stakeholder, the knotty issue of salary arrears would surely soon be a thing of the past.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Okezie Ikpeazu: Is Abia on the March Again Or…? (1)

NIGERIA POLITICS: Okezie Ikpeazu: Is Abia on the March Again Or…? (1)

With Ikpeazu pushing the “Proudly Made in Aba” project, things are beginning to look up again as our entrepreneurs who manufacture all manner of high quality goods and machinery have been gradually regaining the market share they once lost to foreign goods and those who were hit by extremely low patronage that they almost ran out of business have been revived while others who left for other cities in search of greener pastures are returning to put their machines back to life.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Governor Ambode: Fix Dangerous And Dilapidated Lagos School Buildings!

NIGERIA POLITICS: Governor Ambode: Fix Dangerous And Dilapidated Lagos School Buildings!

Appeals by community activists and education advocates to the governor to repair the buildings yielded no positive result. Mr. Ambode should fix dangerous and dilapidated school buildings and replace them with new buildings so that our children can have a safe and sound learning environment where they can focus on their studies rather than cracked roofs, walls, rodents, and other infrastructural problems.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Malfunctioning Democracy Feeds Enduring Crisis

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Malfunctioning Democracy Feeds Enduring Crisis

Henceforth the Bolivarian or Chavista regime is responsible for absolutely everything happening in Venezuela. Appalling conditions will deteriorate even further as the model chosen grows more dysfunctional and a humanitarian crisis gets deeper by the day in a country once dripping with wealth.

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USA POLITICS: How Democrats May Use Election Wins to Re-Draw Voter Districts

USA POLITICS: How Democrats May Use Election Wins to Re-Draw Voter Districts

Although it tends not to disempower under-represented minorities, Democrats frequently engage in gerrymandering too: Democrats in Maryland passed a pro-Democratic map that plaintiffs challenged as an unlawful partisan gerrymander. The litigation is still ongoing. City Councils are also not immune from the problem, often drawing the lines for their own elections that favor the incumbents or the party in control.

What yesterday’s elections mean, then, is that Democrats can greatly influence the redistricting process, at least in Virginia. (New Jersey uses an independent redistricting commission.) Democrats can, if they want, draw maps that will favor their side through 2030. Even if the Supreme Court overturns Wisconsin’s gerrymander in a highly-watched case this term, there still will be wiggle room for partisans to skew the maps toward their favor.

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MEXICO POLITICS: 2018 Presidential Election Grows Chaotic

MEXICO POLITICS: 2018 Presidential Election Grows Chaotic

While acknowledging that their coalition is ideologically incoherent, party leaders hope that the Citizen’s Front will seem like a palatable alternative to the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI – Mexico’s oldest political party. The beleaguered PRI, which has a 20 percent approval rating and has not yet nominated its candidate for 2018, denounced the Citizen’s Front as illegal and sought an injunction against it.

Reactions across the political spectrum were equally strong. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a populist former Mexico City mayor and ex-member of both the PRI and the rival Democratic Revolutionary Party, denounced the Front as a stunt.

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CANADA POLITICS: Because Our Government is a Servant of U.S.

CANADA POLITICS: Because Our Government is a Servant of U.S.

Nations like Canada can choose their own path, their own destiny in peaceful cooperation with the nations and peoples of the world, with Russia and Venezuela. The problem is how the people of Canada, and, indeed, all nations, can escape this domination and survive it. Unfortunately, with the continentalists still in control in Washington and Ottawa, New York and Toronto, and with American control of the economic resources at an intolerable level, the situation looks bleak for the immediate future.

Canadians are nothing more than servants in their own house, when, to use the phrase of the Quebec nationalists in their struggle for self determination, we should be “maître chez nous,” masters of our own house. Instead our government is a servant of Washington and will suffer any humiliation and disadvantage that these sanctions will undoubtedly bring upon us in order to lick the hand that pats its head.

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UK POLITICS: Britain Expands Project on Mental Health in Terrorism Nationwide

UK POLITICS: Britain Expands Project on Mental Health in Terrorism Nationwide

Mark Rowley, Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, told the British Medical Journal in April that a disproportionate number of suspects in 13 attacks foiled by British police since 2013 had mental health issues.

“If part of the terrorist methodology is to prey on the vulnerable … then it stands to reason that there will be people with certain mental health conditions who will be … susceptible to that,” he said.

“Radicalising and inciting someone who is vulnerable to go and carry out some ghastly attack seems to be part of their tactics, and that has brought in a whole load of vulnerability issues, including mental health, that we now have to wrestle with,” said Rowley.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Wanted: A Kinder, Gentler New EFCC

NIGERIA POLITICS: Wanted: A Kinder, Gentler New EFCC

The EFCC under Melaye and with oversight by Saraki, corruption will have no means of fighting back. Melaye and Saraki will put corruption and its patrons out of business. For the first time in our history, we will kill corruption before it kills us. Corruption will be history! We can then sing the Old Negro Freedom Song: Free at last, thank God Almighty, Nigeria is free of corruption!

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Crisis in Venezuela Must Not Be Ignored By US

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Crisis in Venezuela Must Not Be Ignored By US

Sadly, the unraveling of Venezuela’s health infrastructure is reminiscent of what’s currently happening in Yemen, though this is happening just a short flight from Miami rather than halfway around the world. Adding to the social misery is a dramatic expansion in crime.

A Gallup survey this year revealed that only 12 percent of Venezuelans felt safe walking after sundown, and only 14 percent expressed confidence in the police, the lowest results ever recorded in Venezuela, and the lowest results recorded worldwide in more than a decade.

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USA POLITICS: Female Lawmakers Allege Harassment By Colleagues in House

USA POLITICS: Female Lawmakers Allege Harassment By Colleagues in House

Republican Rep. Mary Bono said she found power in confronting her harasser, and that after she did so it never happened again. She emphasized that she understood her experience was different than those of young staffers who may face harassment from someone they rely on for a job, and that she was fortunate because as an equal elected by her constituents, she would not fear retaliation.

But Bono strongly disputed any suggestion that she or any other female lawmaker could not be harassed by their peers.

“My career didn’t suffer, I didn’t suffer,” Bono said. “But it did happen.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari and His Government of ‘Fugithieves’

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari and His Government of ‘Fugithieves’

Buhari once said that the late General Sani Abacha never looted the nation’s treasury, yet, the Buhari administration is not only aggressively pursuing the return of Abacha’s loots in foreign lands but is also actually receiving same from Switzerland and other places. It takes a “fugithief” to clear a “fugithief”!

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigeria’s Best Hope For 2019: Abdulrasheed Maina

NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigeria’s Best Hope For 2019: Abdulrasheed Maina

In 2019, Nigeria heads to the polls for its presidential election. The ballot will boast the usual cast of characters in the Nigerian political arena. But Nigeria’s best hope for 2019 is Abdulrasheed Maina the erstwhile Chairman, Presidential Task Force

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USA POLITICS: US Pursues Direct Diplomacy With North Korea Despite Trump Rejection

USA POLITICS: US Pursues Direct Diplomacy With North Korea Despite Trump Rejection

Word of quiet engagement with Pyongyang comes despite Trump’s comments, North Korea’s weapons advances and suggestions by some U.S. and South Korean officials that Yun’s interactions with North Koreans had been reined in.

“It has not been limited at all, both (in) frequency and substance,” said the senior State Department official.

Among the points that Yun has made to his North Korean interlocutors is to “stop testing” nuclear bombs and missiles, the official said.

North Korea this year conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear detonation and has test-fired a volley of missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that, if perfected, could in theory reach the United States mainland.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Revealed! Jacob Zuma Darkest Secret Takes Center Stage

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Revealed! Jacob Zuma Darkest Secret Takes Center Stage

At the end of March 2011, the Russian multinational Norilsk Nickel said in a press statement that Vladimir Strzhalkovsky had visited Jacob Zuma and had handed the president a Russian mobile telemedicine laboratory at Nkandla. Siyabonga Cwele was present at the ceremony.

Norilsk said in its statement: “Jakob [sic] Zuma expressed high opinion of the Company’s current projects in the country. He emphasized that South Africa is ready to proceed with supporting the participation of Norilsk Nickel in new ore extraction and processing projects in South Africa.”

“But that is not the end of it,” said my source. “The medical equipment wasn’t all that SARS detained on that day at the airport.”

“What else?”

“There was also a lot of cash on that plane. A lot.

“SARS detained the entire plane with everything on board. When Cwele moved in, he took over the whole shipment, including the money. The money was also not declared and therefore illegally imported. Its origin and destination were never determined. But I think it makes sense that the clinic and the money had the same end destination.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: The Vindication Of Justice Ayo Salami

NIGERIA POLITICS: The Vindication Of Justice Ayo Salami

So Justice Ayo Salami was forced out of the judiciary. The party threw a ball, they got the judgments they desired on the Wamakko and presidential petition cases, Katsina_Alu went on retirement, Musdapher became Chief Justice. Justice was interred. Electoral manipulation continued unchallenged and everybody went to sleep.

All said, Justice Ayo Salami is a positive totem Nigerian judges should hold high. I believe that is what the NJC wants to advertise by this strategic appointment. He is a proof that truth can never ever be buried and the just can never get crushed by evil and its disciples.

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UK POLITICS: 5 Year Old Syrian Girl Dies in ‘Concentration Camp’ Funded By UK Taxpayers

UK POLITICS: 5 Year Old Syrian Girl Dies in ‘Concentration Camp’ Funded By UK Taxpayers

“I crawled inside and the blankets on the floor were wet, it was so cold and dirty and damp,” Daliah, a volunteer and former protection team employee who visited the family, told RT UK.

“Their daughter had just died and they were left there. They had nothing. No visit from a psychiatrist. The mother was silent. They were in shock and the children were saying ‘my sister died – she died just here.’

“There was a volunteer there in tears. He told me they just pulled her out like a dog and took her away. There was no dignity.”

Following her “unexplained” death, her tiny body was buried without an Islamic funeral and without her mother being present.

“She became nothing but a number – she didn’t even get her last respect,” Daliah said.

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