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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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NIGERIA POLITICS: South East Nigeria, the Overarching Cries for Secession and the Ticking ‘Time Bomb’

NIGERIA POLITICS: South East Nigeria, the Overarching Cries for Secession and the Ticking ‘Time Bomb’

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu continues headstrong with his agitations for the official creation and recognition of the Republic of Biafra without caring whose ox is gored and he seem to be buoyed by the rousing welcome he continues to receive in his various consultations and visits to the inner reaches of the south east.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: You Reject Restructuring at the Nation’s Peril, Activist tell Buhari

NIGERIA POLITICS: You Reject Restructuring at the Nation’s Peril, Activist tell Buhari

Buhari and his underground political power string pullers are pretending not to understand that the principle of self determination is a universal norm and not a vice. It was on the same principle that nationalists pillared our movement for self rule that peaked with the lowering of the Union Jack on 1st October 1960. It is on this same principle that IPOB are advocating for a referendum for South Eastern Region. This is legal and fair game!

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UK POLITICS: Britain, EU Divisions Show as Brexit Talks Resume

UK POLITICS: Britain, EU Divisions Show as Brexit Talks Resume

Time is short in the negotiations, which started in June and should conclude before the expected Brexit date in late March 2019. Otherwise Britain risks leaving the EU with little clarity over what happens next.

“There are no major expectations as regards next week’s round. The documents published by Britain (this week) refer more to the future relationship than the things to settle in the first place,” an EU diplomat said.

“Many matters, including the financial aspect most importantly, remain unclear from the British side. So the EU expects no big progress, which makes any ’significant progress’ less likely in October.”

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WORLD POLITICS: North Korea, US Clash at UN Forum Over Nuclear Weapons

WORLD POLITICS: North Korea, US Clash at UN Forum Over Nuclear Weapons

North Korea’s envoy told the same forum the North’s nuclear deterrent would never be up for negotiation, echoing Pyongyang’s regular denunciation of U.S. “aggression”.

“The measures taken by the DPRK to strengthen its nuclear deterrence and develop inter-continental rockets is justifiable and a legitimate option for self-defence in the face of such apparent and real threats,” diplomat Ju Yong Chol told the forum, referring to “constant nuclear threats” by the United States.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari’s Address and the Misfortune of a Nation

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari’s Address and the Misfortune of a Nation

Rather than empathise with Nigerians for the failed promises and untold hardship visited on them by his administration, Buhari squandered the golden opportunity presented by his illness to court the support and cooperation of Nigerians and decided to further alienate himself from the masses.

“Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence” but that is not when you criminalise and threaten such groups who have expressed their grievances without taking up arms against the State.

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UK POLITICS: Britain Will Not Exclude Possible EU Oversight of UK Borders After Brexit

UK POLITICS: Britain Will Not Exclude Possible EU Oversight of UK Borders After Brexit

Bernard Jenkin, a member of parliament for Theresa May’s Conservative party, who backed Brexit in last year’s referendum, said he opposed continued EU oversight of UK borders.

“There is no need for an EU institution to police our customs, and we should not accept this,” he said in a statement.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Churchill Okonkwo: A Contemptuous Ingrate Don’t Take Yoruba Kindness For Weakness, We’re Not Weak!

NIGERIA POLITICS: Churchill Okonkwo: A Contemptuous Ingrate Don’t Take Yoruba Kindness For Weakness, We’re Not Weak!

No one ever went broke overestimating the ungratefulness of shameless proselyte like Okonkwo the pathetic crybaby and an embarrassment to Ndigbo. Okonkwo’s article not only reads like the field notes of an oddly lyrical skid-row ethnologist, but a lurid prose devoid of reason and intelligent thinking full of heresy and hoopla.

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UK POLITICS: Britain Will Not Exclude Possible EU Oversight of UK Borders After Brexit

UK POLITICS: Britain Will Not Exclude Possible EU Oversight of UK Borders After Brexit

Van Den Hende said, “In theory you can design that, but in practice neither the UK nor the EU would want that because you would be replicating institutions which already exist. It would be a huge amount of money and effort. This is in one of the fundamental problems about Brexit. The UK wants to retain deep integration but the UK doesn’t like the institutions that administer all this stuff.”

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USA POLITICS: Boston Free Speech Rally: Here’s Update

USA POLITICS: Boston Free Speech Rally: Here’s Update

“I want to applaud the many protesters in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one!” Trump tweeted. “Our great country has been divided for decades. Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, & we will heal, & be stronger than ever before!”

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USA POLITICS: Steve Bannon Departure Tips Trade Scales in Favour of White House ‘Globalists’

USA POLITICS: Steve Bannon Departure Tips Trade Scales in Favour of White House ‘Globalists’

With Steve Bannon gone, “there’s not a replacement for that voice in internal debates,” said a senior administration official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the issue.

“Without Steve constantly pushing back on every policy idea coming from the so called “globalists,” it’s easy to see how they could have a chance to start winning more policy battles,” the official said.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Biafra Exit: In Defence of Election Boycott

NIGERIA POLITICS: Biafra Exit: In Defence of Election Boycott

Incidentally, the IPOB’s resolve to massively mobilize the people for full compliance with its declaration to kick start the boycott of elections with the November 8, 2017 gubernatorial election in Anambra state is, to say the least, a right decision in the right direction. As a matter of public knowledge, it is a trite fact that in democracy sovereignty resides with the people, in much the same way the people are known to be the primary source of legitimacy.

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USA POLITICS: America Under Attack from Within: Rush Limbaugh

USA POLITICS: America Under Attack from Within: Rush Limbaugh

“That’s what we are in the midst of here: An ongoing effort to erase America by discrediting the entire premise of our culture, our history, our founding. The objective is to create in as many American minds as possible that America as founded is not worth defending. Serious times. This is a very, very serious effort that is underway. Sadly, it has a lot of allies. It has a lot of people helping it that ought to be opposing it, but they are choosing what they think is the path of least resistance, which is defined by the media. You’ve got several Republicans who I believe are unwittingly participating in the effort to cast America as indefensible, particularly with Donald Trump as president.” – Rush Limbaugh

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GERMANY POLITICS: Germans Watching Charlottesville Sense Echoes of their Own History

GERMANY POLITICS: Germans Watching Charlottesville Sense Echoes of their Own History

By honouring those who died doing forced labour for Adolf Hitler’s regime and learning their stories, pupils gain a clearer, more visceral understanding of their country’s crimes 75 years ago.

“It is very important for us to bring our pupils closer to what happened to make sure it never happens again,” said Annemarie Sardisong, the school’s head teacher. “Especially now when the world seems to be coming out of joint.”

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USA POLITICS: US Military Will Remain in Northern Syria Long After Jihadists Defeated

USA POLITICS: US Military Will Remain in Northern Syria Long After Jihadists Defeated

“They have a strategy policy for decades to come. There will be military, economic and political agreements in the long term between the leadership of the northern areas (of Syria) … and the U.S. administration,” Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Silo said.

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USA POLITICS: Obama’s Tweet on Charlottesville Violence Wins Twitter ‘Most Liked of All-Time’

USA POLITICS: Obama’s Tweet on Charlottesville Violence Wins Twitter ‘Most Liked of All-Time’

Barack Obama took to Twitter to share a message of hope and tolerance. He quoted in a series of three posts:

… For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.’ – Nelson Mandela”

“’People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love'”

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…”

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Mohammed bin Salman Wants End of War in Yemen

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Mohammed bin Salman Wants End of War in Yemen

Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the Saudi throne, confessed to two former US officials he “wants out” of the brutal two-year war he started in Yemen. More than 10,000 people have been killed and 40,000 injured in the war in Yemen, since bin Salman launched his Decisive Storm campaign to regain the country from Houthi control. Yemen is being ravaged by an outbreak of cholera that has infected 500,000 people.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Goodluck Jonathan And The Ostrich Game

NIGERIA POLITICS: Goodluck Jonathan And The Ostrich Game

Goodluck Jonathan should spare what remains of his saliva and throw his hat into the ring if he and what remains of PDP believes in the lies they regurgitate to themselves that he did well in power. Let the PDP simply exhume Goodluck Jonathan and present him to Nigerians on its 2019 ticket as the best they have for the presidency on the mantra that he did so well for the six years he was here and let Nigerians vote, if in real terms they have forgotten the lessons of March 28, 2015.

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