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NIGERIA POLITICS: The Yoruba Advance And The Afenifere Attempt At Sabotage

NIGERIA POLITICS: The Yoruba Advance And The Afenifere Attempt At Sabotage

Afenifere supported Buhari in 2007 at a time when Buhari’s running mate was non-Yoruba and at a time his ethnocentric impulses were at its worst. This same Afenifere also supported GEJ in 2015 when it became clear to the Yoruba nation that the government of GEJ was implementing an insidious anti-Yoruba agenda. Today, Afenifere is doing all to Sabotage the current alliance between the Yoruba and the Buhari government not because of any matter of principle but because of its jealousy about the success of that one time governor Govenor of Lagos state whose party has morphed into the party of governance at the Federal level and whose Yoruba contingent hold positions of power and influence under Buhari.

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MALAYSIA POLITICS: Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar Face Systematic Atrocities: Najib Razak Malaysian PM

MALAYSIA POLITICS: Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar Face Systematic Atrocities: Najib Razak Malaysian PM

“Actually, it is done in a planned manner so that they are tortured, discriminated, killed and raped,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said.

The UN has already described Rohingya Muslims as the “most persecuted minority group in the world.”

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USA POLITICS: DACA in Jeopardy

USA POLITICS: DACA in Jeopardy

President Trump said his agencies would only target DACA recipients who commit crimes.

“Our enforcement priorities remain unchanged. We are focused on criminals, security threats, recent border crossers, visa overstays and repeat violators,” Trump said in a statement. “I have advised the Department of Homeland Security that DACA recipients are not enforcement priorities unless they are criminals, are involved in criminal activity or are members of a gang.”

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Most South Koreans Don’t Expect War With North: Poll Shows

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Most South Koreans Don’t Expect War With North: Poll Shows

The survey found that 58 percent of those questioned felt there was no possibility North Korea would cause a war, while only 37 percent thought it could. In 2007, 51 percent of respondents said they expected a war, while 45 percent did not.

Trump has repeatedly said all options are on the table in dealing with North Korea and on Thursday said he would prefer not to use military action, but if he did, it would be a “very sad day” for North Korea.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Still on Buhari’s 32′ TV and the Epistle According to Garba Shehu

NIGERIA POLITICS: Still on Buhari’s 32′ TV and the Epistle According to Garba Shehu

Instead of wasting precious time and efforts dwelling on a TV model of the president, Shehu should have utilized such time and resources to write essays on why ASUU, resident doctors and those planning to go on strike soon should have a rethink and cooperate with government. He has rather exposed Buhari as a man left behind by time because TV sets of these days are now packed with a lot of functions that can even make one use them for other very useful purposes apart from just watching programmes.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: The Ozubulu Church Massacre And The Moral Question In Igboland

NIGERIA POLITICS: The Ozubulu Church Massacre And The Moral Question In Igboland

Ozubulu tragedy should serve as a wakeup call for the Igbo nation that there is indeed fire on the mountain. It is a reminder that our society is in dire need for redemption, which can only come from returning to the ancient values that reward truth, honesty, disciple, hardwork and integrity and shun the negative and corrosive effects of illicitly-acquired money. The Ozubulu massacre ignites a take-action-or-perish urgency all Igbo must adhere to or prepare for a generalization of such bloody theaters all over Igboland. The tragedy is not more of an Ozubulu problem as it is an Igbo problem.

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INDIA POLITICS: Modi Re-Allocated Portfolios to His Council of Ministers

INDIA POLITICS: Modi Re-Allocated Portfolios to His Council of Ministers

“I congratulate all those who have taken oath today. Their experience and wisdom will add immense value to the council of ministers,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said before leaving for China to attend a summit of the BRICS group of countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Nirmala Sitharaman, who was promoted from being a junior trade minister, becomes the first female defence minister since Indira Gandhi was in charge of the department when she was prime minister 35 years ago.

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KENYA POLITICS: Kenyan Politics, Judicial Activism and the Lessons for Africa

KENYA POLITICS: Kenyan Politics, Judicial Activism and the Lessons for Africa

The Petitioner, Mr. Raila Odinga, a former prime minister currently in his fourth run for the presidency following the decision of the court has been stunned to his marrows. In a brief remarks after the verdict was handed down, the taciturn septuagenarian captured his sentiments in the following words, “I am happy to be a Kenyan today. It is a historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension, the people of Africa. This is a precedent setting ruling, and the first in the history of African democratization for a ruling to be made by a court nullifying an irregular presidential election”.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Hate Speech Law Is a Resurrection Of Decree 4

NIGERIA POLITICS: Hate Speech Law Is a Resurrection Of Decree 4

The hate speech law is to restrict or abridge free speech of Nigerians. It’s a law based on viewpoint, an egregious form of content discrimination which is presumptively unconstitutional. The Constitution does not entrust freedom of speech to government’s benevolence. Instead, our reliance must be on the substantial safeguards of free and open discussion in a democratic society. It cannot be stressed enough that speeches that governments or their agents, and enemies of free speech view as offensive are protected not just against outright prohibition, but also against lesser restrictions.

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USA POLITICS: Why Does Trump Think We Need More Military Spending?

USA POLITICS: Why Does Trump Think We Need More Military Spending?

Trump feels we need to re-invest in nuclear weapons, while at the same time insisting he wants to be the first president to reside in an age where no country has them. That’s an entirely farcical statement for a leader with a guaranteed four-year term to make, both because it’s not enough time for the world to disarm, and because adding to our nuclear arsenal only provokes other nuclear powers.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Two-Stage Hydrogen Bomb Possible ‘Game Changer’ for North Korea

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Two-Stage Hydrogen Bomb Possible ‘Game Changer’ for North Korea

“That scale is to the level where anyone can say (it is) a hydrogen bomb test,” said Kune Y. Suh, a nuclear engineering professor at Seoul National University.

“North Korea has effectively established itself as a nuclear state. This is not just a game changer, it’s a game over,” Suh said.

Lassina Zerbo, executive secretary of nuclear test ban watchdog CTBTO, said: “The physics of the event that we’re talking about today seems to indicate a much larger event than the one from 2016 and before.”

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USA POLITICS: In North Carolina County, Strong Support for Confederate Statue

USA POLITICS: In North Carolina County, Strong Support for Confederate Statue

Colonel Jacob A. Long, a Confederate veteran who founded the county’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan in 1868, spoke at the statue’s May 1914 dedication. He invoked white privilege in his remarks, saying it was important to remember the achievements “of our own race and blood.”

“The Alamance County statue appears to be fairly archetypal,” said Charles Irons, a history professor at Elon University. “To pretend that this monument erected by private, white-only dollars actually represented the sentiments of all citizens of the county is self evidently not true.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Nzuko Umunna Advices AGF Against Re-Arresting Kanu; Backs Ohaneze

NIGERIA POLITICS: Nzuko Umunna Advices AGF Against Re-Arresting Kanu; Backs Ohaneze

Nzuko Umunna therefore cautions that at this tempestuous period of our national life, the AGF and indeed other officials of government, must exercise utmost discretion in their decisions, especially such that have the potency and capacity to inflame sentiments, aggravate tension, heat up an already fragile polity and ignite crisis in any part of the country.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Education: Our Take in Osun

NIGERIA POLITICS: Education: Our Take in Osun

If Adedayo could condemn Aregbesola’s modest contributions to Nigeria’s education sector, one can only wonder what differentiates him from those “critics” of 1954 who accused Obafemi Awolowo of “opting for ‘substandard’ buildings.” Not only that, if “400,000 pupils turned up” for Awo’s scheme in 1955, “contrary to his projected 175,000”, has he carried out an assessment study of what O’MEAL has done for education in Osun?

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Here’s the Confession of Boko Haram Defector Bana Umar Just Revealed About the Islamist Radical Group

NIGERIA POLITICS: Here’s the Confession of Boko Haram Defector Bana Umar Just Revealed About the Islamist Radical Group

Bana Umar says, “Many of us listened to radio stations like BBC and VOA. I listened to these radio stations frequently to the extent that when I laid down to sleep I would be thinking of what I heard. I realized that all our activities were evil. We killed. We stole. We dispossessed people of their properties in the name of religion. But what we are doing is not religion. Finally I got fed up with the group.”

Bana Umar served as a bodyguard for a commander, Abu Geidam, who he describes as very close to Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram’s best known leader.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Western Australia Becoming Independent State Within Commonwealth?

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Western Australia Becoming Independent State Within Commonwealth?

Liberal Party life member Rick Palmer, who is leading the push, said the issue was on the conference agenda because of a belief that WA was being badly treated by Canberra and other states.

“My view is the federation is not working the way it is supposed to,” Rick Palmer said.

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UK POLITICS: Brits Want US to Have War With Russia to Get Rid of Trump: Analyst

UK POLITICS: Brits Want US to Have War With Russia to Get Rid of Trump: Analyst

“It’s insane and it is part of the general effort by the British and their assets both in the Republican and Democratic Parties to get rid of Trump, precisely because Trump refuses to continue this insane confrontation with Russia and China,” Mike Billington, an editor with the Executive Intelligence Review said.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: ‘Saudi War on Yemen Absolute Policy Failure’

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: ‘Saudi War on Yemen Absolute Policy Failure’

“Most people in the United States and in the West believe that as Yemen becomes more and more destabilized, if the Houthi rebels are successful in taking over more and more of the country, once they have consolidated their gains, consolidated their power, then they would turn their power northward towards Saudi Arabia in terms of destabilizing that country. That is something that the United States and most of the West view as completely unacceptable,” the analyst said.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Ohanaeze is Right, You Are Biased Against Kanu, Another Igbo Group Fires FG

NIGERIA POLITICS: Ohanaeze is Right, You Are Biased Against Kanu, Another Igbo Group Fires FG

“We have also instructed our foreign attorneys to commence immediate action against the federal government at The Hague for aiding and abetting crimes against humanity through their neglect, failure and or refusal to arrest Fulani herdsmen terrorists, an action that has led to numerous loss of innocent lives in genocidal proportions, if Nnamdi Kanu’s rights and those of any Igbo son and daughter continues to be violated by the federal government. Any attempt to re-arrest Nnamdi Kanu without allowing the on-going court processes to run its course would surely spell doom for the nation”, it concluded.

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LEBANON POLITICS: Changes to Proposed US Anti-Hezbollah Sanctions Allay Lebanon’s Fears

LEBANON POLITICS: Changes to Proposed US Anti-Hezbollah Sanctions Allay Lebanon’s Fears

Lebanon’s government, central bank and private banks have lobbied U.S. politicians and banks hard this year – and continue to do so – to persuade Washington to balance its tough anti-Hezbollah stance with the need to preserve stability.

Their main message has been that the last thing needed by the United States, which backs the Lebanese army in its fight against Islamic State and other militants spilling over from Syria, is another failed state in the Middle East.

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