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After IYJ’s Report, Oyo state Resumes Abandoned Road Construction Project.
20. April 2019 at 09:00
by Alfred Olufemi
The Oyo state government has continued work at the abandoned road project in idi-Ape- Iwo road area of Ibadanl, two days after IYJ published a report on the health effect of the dusty road on the people.

The report published on April 9 also exposed the effect the dusty atmosphere had on businesses with relevant interviews with residents and business owners.

 

Recall that the dualization of the Idi-Ape – Basorun – Akobo – Odogbo Barracks Junction Road (Ibadan) awarded to ENL construction company is one of the 13 uncompleted road circular project abandoned for months.

 

This reporter gathered that the construction company stopped wetting the dusty road November last year. As a result, the residents of Idi-Ape and Akobo live in dust which is evident on the streets, floors of their rooms...

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Ethiopian pilots of the Boeing 737 Max 8 vindicated
14. April 2019 at 09:00
by Dickson Eyinmosan Jnr
Despite the hard-work and full compliance strength level with Boeing recommended and FAA approved emergency procedural measures, it was grossly unfortunate that Yared Getachew alongside his co-pilot couldn't rescue the Max 737 from persistently nose diving despite their ceaseless effort commanding the right sensors program.

Ethiopian Pilot of the Boeing 737 Max 8 vindicated

Sequel to speculations and on the spot analysis of the Boeing 737 Max 8 flight whose crash occurred March 10th, 2019, claiming the lives of all 157 on board members, preliminary reports as released by an investigative panel April 4th, 2019, revealed so much as it underscores the possible resultant of the ET 302 crash en-route Addis Ababa to Nairobi. While exonerating the heroics try of the pilots whose brave attempt to save the day was seriously hampered by a malfunctioning of the Max 737 command sensory system, the report was basically silent on the exact specifics cause of the crash.


Despite the hard-work and full compliance strength level with Boeing recommended and FAA approved emergency procedural measures, it was grossly unfortunate that Y...

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The aftermath of "Mera Jism, Meri Marzi"
11. April 2019 at 09:00
by Maria Makki
In the aftermath of women's liberation march, which was termed by the masses as futile and unethical, Pakistan faces a dilemma when it comes to gender equality. We are faced with issues like child marriage, domestic violence, wage gap and harassment. Can we really brush of these crucial issues like this specially when we are going through an unprecedented economical and cultural shift? We need to acknowledge and resolve these issues first.

 With all that has happened in the past few months, when it comes to equality of the sexes, we are walking on thin ice. It has been nearly a month since activists flooded the streets with punchy placards. The hype seems to have died down but the issues still remain. Recently, a woman came forward with domestic violence claim against her husband in Lahore and all we seem to be doing is to figure out reason to somehow defend the man’s act of violence against his wife on the basis of a video that surfaced of her dancing. It is precisely this attitude that needs to be altered. As a matter of fact, I could hardly believe how women’s call for equality through an organic nonviolent march could be met with such an outrageous response. When you surf through the social media, it’s almost impossible to d...

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The Argument against “Government Knows Best” - The Maize Illustration.
05. April 2019 at 09:01
by Nana Kwaku M Asamoah
The free market with its demand and supply mechanisms interact with one another to determine the prices of commodities. However, now and then, the government may intervene in the market with good intentions but this more than often hurts the very people the government set out to protect.

One of the popular notion in Africa is "Government knows best". So for any problem, the suggested solution is often preceded by "Government should". Hence, too many governments in Africa interfere with the smooth operations of commodity markets in order to placate certain special interest groups such as consumers. But quite often, state interventionism hurts the very people the government set out to protect, as I will go ahead and illustrate.  


Let's assume consumers in an African country A, complains and demands their government take action against the increasing prices of maize on the market which currently sells at 2000 naira a bag. And the government abides and imposes a maximum price or a price ceiling of ...

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Anti-Semitism: A growing threat in today’s world
31. March 2019 at 16:14
by Dickson Eyinmosan Jnr
Contemporary anti-Semitism which has been argued as the new anti-Semitism stems out from the fact that newer technological advances have been positioned in a way that grossly promotes varied form of anti-Semitic attacks and movement through it media. This has indeed brought to the fore the growing trend of racial radicalization, gross indoctrination, and wider Nationalistic movement across every part of the aisle.

The rise of global populism and anti-Semitism has continued to reign supreme in a world once controlled and ruled by absolute democratized liberalization of policies, views, and opinions. Though, they have been varied sequence of opinions as it involves the growing trend of global populism in this 21st century, one certainty that stands unalloyed is the gross proliferation of hate, racial discrimination, religious ethnocentrism, among several other forms of anti-Semitic abuses, attacks, and negative vibes.


According to a report by the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into anti-Semitism as published september 2006, many of those who gave evidence described anti-Semitism in terms of a constantly mutating virus. Over the centuries, it has evolved from prejudice against Jews because they have a different faith from the ma...

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High Court of Kenya Declares Law Capping Bank Interest Rates Unconstitutional
29. March 2019 at 19:18
by Maulline Gragau
Over the last 20 years, there have been many attempts to reduce the interest rate spread by way of regulation. The Banking (Amendment) Act 2016 which was seen as a successful effort to address the issue has drawn mixed reactions from stakeholders.

On 18th November 2015, the National Assembly of Kenya published in the Special Issue of Kenya Gazette Supplement Number 185 (National Assembly Bill Number 62), a Bill titled “The Banking (Amendment) Bill 2015” together with a Memorandum of Objects and Reasons. The objects published stated, inter alia:


  1. That its principal object was to put a cap on the rate of interest that could be charged by Banks and financial institutions;
  2. To provide mechanism for regulation of interest charged by Banks and Financial institutions for loans; and
  3. That it concerned County Governments and affected their powers and functions.


On 28th July 2016, the National Assembly passed the Bill and submitted it to President Uhuru Kenyatta for assent. It was assented to on 24th August 2016 the result of which...

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Six Nigerian governors in the rerun battle to retain office for extra four years
20. March 2019 at 09:01
by Alfred Olufemi
The supplementary poll is perceived to be a second chance for the embattled Governors who lost in the first contest although analysts posit that the supplementary may not affect the earlier announced results.This reporter takes a cursory look at the political background of the six governors, their opponents and some events that shaped their fate.

With the declaration of inconclusive governorship elections and the announcement for supplementary polls in some states by the Electoral Commission, six incumbent Governors are in the contest to remain in office for another four years. Following the governorship and state house of assembly elections of March 9, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared 6 states governorship election inconclusive and fixed a rerun for March 23.


The supplementary polls will take place in some parts of Kano, Plateau, Bauchi, Sokoto, Benue and Adamawa. According to the Commission's guideline, the number of cancelled votes out weighed the margin between the two leading contestants such that the results of the votes can affect the final results and determine the fate of the winner.


Many opined ...

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The top 2%
15. March 2019 at 20:24
by Omkareshwar Jha
Well its interesting to note that most of us are interested in knowing about the top 2%. Do you know why?? Because top 2% are continuously reading about rest 98%. Yes, they do. They do show us the path of progress that we're going to follow for rest of our lives.

Everyday ... They work that extra hour to make the world a better place. They do know that we have only one planet to live, only one life either. No matter how much tragic your life be & you say that I live its my rebirth. I must say that. You're in same body with same mind but might have definitely a changed mindset. 


And that becomes key to the life. Either you may call it, they act for personal gains OR for their ethics to serve the world. No matter what. But if you do right things, Right things will happen anyway! Start thinking & acting for 98% & welcome to top 2% club. Read any business article or any political manifesto. Any way they say to serve the world. Good or bad that might depends upon many factors. Trust me that 2% is asking for your help. It's you who have to decide. We genera...

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Analysis: How Buhari fared in 2019 election compared to 2015 in major states
09. March 2019 at 09:03
by Alfred Olufemi
While the APC flag bearer won more votes in his opposition's stronghold, South East, than he polled in 2015, he could not meet up with the number of votes recorded in his home state, Kastina, and most northern states he won in 2015. Only Borno was an exception to reduction of votes witnessed in the northern states.

The 2019 presidential election of Saturday saw to the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari under the All Progressive Congress (APC) with Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as his major contender. These two are not aliens in the political space of the country because Mr. Buhari had contested the Presidency three consecutive time before he defeated the former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 while Mr. Atiku, a former Vice- President had his third Presidential race on Saturday, since 2003.


In the 2015 general election, Mr Buhari won with 2,571,759 votes as he polled 15,424,921 while his opponent Mr. Jonathan, who was an incumbent President had 12,853,162 across the country. President Buhari had scored the highest votes in the 2019 presidential election polling 15,191,847 votes and his ma...

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Rethinking Ethiopia’s Computer Crime Proclamation
20. February 2019 at 09:04
by Dejen Yemane Messele
The Constitutionally guaranteed freedom of expression is an inherent and basic human right for all other human rights. This right, however, is not an absolute one as it may be limited upon conditions. Lawful restrictions and limitations may hinder individuals from enjoying their right to freedom of expression either temporally or permanently. Accordingly, grounds for limitations of freedom of expression are provided under Art 29(6) of the FDRE Constitution.

Limitations on Freedom of Expression: FDRE Constitution in Focus

Human Rights in general and freedom of expression in particular are the very manifestations of dignified life of human being and their free utilization is presumed in principle. It is exceptionally and rarely where enjoyment of such rights would be limited or restricted. Limitation and restrictions on human rights is for the sake of equal or greater values. Arbitrary and unwarranted limitations and restrictions are not allowed since such limitations and restrictions create evil on freedom of expression.


FDRE Constitution clearly recogni...

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Why Is Somalia the Most Corrupted Country in the World?
17. February 2019 at 09:05
by Ismail Hassan Mohamed
Somalia has ranked as the most corrupted country in the world, with instability and restricted press freedom as factors hindering transparency in the Sub-Saharan African nation. Why Is Somalia the Most Corrupted Country in the World?

Transparency International said in its Corruption Perception Index 2018 that most of the countries surveyed made very little progress in ending corruption last year. The index ranked 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption "according to experts and business people". that Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen all marred by wars and insurgencies were the five most corrupted countries. On the other hand, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Switzerland were deemed as the least corrupted.



Elections

Last year, the country held presidential elections. Through an indirect vote, members of parliament and an upper house chose a president from 23 candidates. The vote, hailed as a landmark for a country that hadn't had a functional gov...

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The Venezuela Uprising
16. February 2019 at 19:58
by Dickson Eyinmosan
From hyper-inflation rate index to an absolute devastation of the Bolivar currency, the economy calculation on until 2015 have continued to be bedeviled by gross negative indices tripled by the unending political miscarriages largely responsible for the worsening state of the socio-environmental hardship. Venezuelan's have painfully and obediently endured series of political ineptitude, gross economic annihilation, social discomfort, and a debilitating state of leadership failure.

The recent events in Venezuela has drawn series of attention around the nook and crannies of global relevance. The Bolivarian Republic is at the height of losing it all if this political uprising gravitate into a civil war as already preconceived by incumbent president Nicholas Maduro whose recent utterances makes situation rather worse.


The once oil rich nation is at the brink of both leadership and political collapse arising from leadership failure and government dysfunction. The Venezuela situation reckons first as that of a flourishing oil industry running at a colossal loss. Indeed, it is fair to say that leadership Stereotype in the southern American nation has lost the primary focus and tenets of governance. From extreme poverty to gross humanitarian crisis, the sad story emanating from Caracas relays very app...

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Unleash the power of our mighty pens
14. February 2019 at 09:03
by Edrell Cabatbat
The public becomes a school of fish that devours the noxious bait of those behind the proliferation of these fakes that are crafted closely on the borderline of illusion and bigotry.
With this, the hoax brought upon by the malicious information that are posted online indeed signifies a broken picture of hope in our society. Fake news has been a concern in the modern world triggered by the fast-paced evolution of technology. In fact, this Big Bang-like progression is alarming and ubiquitous particularly in the field of journalism. It is just hard to believe either that we Filipinos are being blinded and deceived to join the lure of spreading fake news in the World Wide Web.

In the blog dutertards.info, there is this post that branded Senator Antonio Trillanes IV as drug positive in a surprise mandatory drug test in the Senate led by Senate President Vicente Sotto III, whereas it turned to be a fake one as Trillanes tested negative based on the Drug Test Report posted by the senator himself in his Twitter account. ...
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Electoral transparency: a step towards strengthening Nigeria’s democracy in fort
04. February 2019 at 09:03
by Alfred Olufemi
A comparative study shows that the 84 million registered voters as released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2019 general elections signals an improved level of political participation when weighed against the 68 million obtained in the 2015 polls. That is 18.6% increase in the voters’ register despite the fact that the country witnessed a 7% increase in its population. This increase, if sustained, is a step towards fostering democracy.



However, mass participation as described above isn’t the ultimate if the democratic processes meant to usher in the choice of the people are marred with irregularities begging for the question of integrity. Flouting or subverting formal processes as forms of corruption undermine democracy and good governance.

These corrupt acts cut across the three phases of the electoral cycle; that is, the pre-election, election and post-election periods. Although the pre-election phase, which involves; registration of voters, party primaries and campaigns, was faced with cases of financial inducement, allegations of registration of underage voters and other related corrupt practices, this article focuses majorly on the other two phases because the first phase is almost gone.

It is not surprising that political parties in Nigeria hav...
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Everything you should know about the Youth 2030
29. January 2019 at 09:01
by Mohamed Okash
The world is young than ever before since human history. It homes over 1.8 billion young people below the age 25. Most of these young people live either in conflict areas or the less developing world which makes their lives hard.
Truly speaking, young people face numerous critical challenges which deeply affects their lives including Unemployment, Violence, migration, illiteracy, bullies and discrimination, early marriage and teen pregnancies, shrinking civic spaces and many others. In contrary, they are at forefront of creativity, innovation, ideas, and solutions to local and global pressing challenges. They innovate new technologies, new housing systems, new modes of transportation, new medicine and many vision for the future. Therefore, the world needs to hear their voice and empower and engage with them, in order to ensure their rights which will contribute unlocking their potential towards sustaining Peace and achieving Agenda 2030.

Youth empowerment and engagement is cross-cutting issues in the all national, regional and global policy frameworks more pa...
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The Untapped Potentials of Youths as Agents of Sustainable Peace in Ethiopia
27. January 2019 at 09:01
by Dejen Yemane Messele
Youths have been erroneously perceived as agents of violent conflicts, instability, chaos and insecurity since ancient epochs. Such pessimist views attributed for the less participation of youths in the peace building process of nations. Predominantly, the problem is ubiquitous in Africa and Middle East regions of the globe.
African youths has so far been perceived as agents of political turmoil and violent conflicts. Such perceptions compel youths to revolt against governments and they expedite the removal of dictators from power. The Arab uprising praised as best example in this regard. It was a trans-formative instant for the youths who have purposefully been excluded from government affairs. Young women and young men have a critical role in promoting and maintaining international peace and security. Contrary to most popular representations, the majority of youth are not violent. Rather, they can and do play active roles as agents of positive and constructive change. Ethiopia could not escape from such realities. Youths were and still are denied from active and meaningful participation of government affairs. Decisions, which may have an ultimate impact on ...
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The uncertainty of Brexit
25. January 2019 at 22:21
by Dickson Eyinmosan Jnr
The Irish back -stop is an insurance policy which prevents a harder border control on the Island of Ireland. This is meant to prevent a re-emergence of a harder border on the Island after Brexit. A contrary option will no doubt plunge the UK on a tight economy corner which invariably might hinder economy growth and fast pace social reconnaissance.
The tension at Westminster seems far from a near end as Prime Minister May continues to hit a brick wall with lawmakers over her negotiated Brexit deal. The Prime Minister who was forced by Members of Parliament to come out with a well plated plan B deal after her Brexit proposal deal presentation to the House of Commons suffered a disgraceful and terrible rejection across either side of the political aisle, stormed parliament with her newly crafted Brexit plan B. It was indeed a moments of reckoning as Theresa May made fierce eye contact with MP(s) most especially those who opposed her negotiated deal made with leaders in Brussels.

After the terrible defeat which heightens as one of the most painful lost by a Prime Minister in the annals of Britain politics in parliaments since 1924, one would have expected Theresa May to threw-in t...
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The Obstacle of Indonesia’s Infrastructure Development
24. January 2019 at 10:17
by Dinda Dewinta
Over the past few years, infrastructure has been the star of Indonesia’s economic growth. Decent infrastructure is an important element in development in Indonesia, which has more than 17,000 islands.
Indonesia’s Infrastructure Ambition
Infrastructure is considered as the main input to reduce inequality, increase productivity and drive the economy. The lack of quantity and quality of infrastructure in Indonesia has become a concentration in every era of government. Under President Joko Widodo's government, Indonesia has committed to developing infrastructure worth to IDR 4,796 trillion (approx. USD $358 billion) between 2015 and 2019, including developing large-scale transport, utilities and ICT, as well as new schools, hospitals, and water supply and treatment plants.

The National Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2015-2019 has been drawn up through Presidential Regulation No. 2/2015 which contains the development plan for the next 5 years to achieve the target of infrastructure implementation include: ...
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Globalization: The Process of Creating A Connected World With More Opportunities
12. January 2019 at 20:27
by Muhammad Bilal Tahir
Globalization is a process through which countries, companies and people interact across the globe. In the modern international system it would be really difficult for a state to stay stable without globalization. Globalization benefits the world by providing open economic opportunities, diversity in people and opportunities, cross-culture learning resources, to create a more connected world.
Globalization has helped the economic world in every aspect by creating new jobs, small and large business opportunities, and the presence of multinational corporations in different countries. It helps the developed states by providing an opportunity to invest in developing countries, and developing states by providing them new jobs and small business opportunities, claims Fredrik Erixon, the director of the European Centre for International Political Economy.

Erixon states that the openness of developing and developed countries towards globalization and the reduction of trade barriers after world war two are the main reasons why many countries’ economy boosted in between 1980 and 2010. (Erixon 4) Globalization also helped the working class on a large scale. A study for European Commision by World Bank estimates that the numbe...
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Government Shutdown, Trump Showdown
07. January 2019 at 09:54
by Dickson Eyinmosan Jnr
For the records, this is the 21st shutdown since it's first occurrence in 1976 when modern budgeting and spending appropriation act was approved. It is also the third shutdown in 2018. The third which is currently in place with no clear end in sight. The shutdown which began on December 22, 2018, if allowed to stretch through January 12 will become the longest shutdown of government operations in the annals of US political history.
The history of shutdown since the adoption of the new budgeting procedures in 1976 has always been skewed in a regular pattern of gridlock progression. While a majority of shutdowns usually takes days to resolve, only a few since the annals of government shutdown stretches through the weeks. The first ever shutdown in 1976 during president Gerald Ford administration went on for ten days after he vetoed a $56 billion spending bill analysed as too expensive.

Shutdowns usually occurs when both congress and the president fails to reach an agreement about a spending bill for approval. A drag and frog conversation without a compromise or shift position on either side of the aisle usually results in a shutdown. During shutdowns, the most affected victims becomes the economy and over 800,000 federal workers who are either put out of service i...
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NYSC and the folks of new age
03. January 2019 at 13:18
by Abiodun Jamiu Sulaiman
As the literature goes, design is not making beauty. Beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration and love. Whatever comes around, goes around. Maintaining a solid phalanx has always been the surviving tonics of diverse entities.
The National Youth Service Corps, a brain-child of Gowon's no Victor, no vanguished poetry, was doctored as an integration Mechanism. Tailored to heal wounds sustained during the civil impasse that lasted for months, and wreck incalculable loses; thereby exposing the cleavages that ditched the Nigerian Federation. NYSC allows young graduate to be posted to locales other than their own with a view to eschewing intolerance and develop common ties among the Nigerian youths, and perhaps promote national unity and integration.

Arguably, the programme could be said to have attained her climatic moments given the context in which the country has managed varying differences, crisis paving way for troubles, that emerged from differing ideas.

A tiger does not shout its tigritude, it acts. Exposure to different cultures was believed to have h...
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Trump and the border wall security equals a govt shutdown
02. January 2019 at 09:16
by Dickson Eyinmosan Jnr
This is the third time the Trump administration will be presiding over a shutdown in 2018.The first government shutdown began at midnight EST on Saturday, January 20, 2018, and ended on the evening of Monday, January 22. A second funding gap occurred on February 9, 2018.A third shutdown began on December 22, 2018, and is still ongoing which definitely may drag through the Christmas holiday
Friday midnight December 21 was a very long night for congressmen on both side of the aisle as they hurried-on to averting the doomsday. A very cold night at the capitol hill, yet the heat wave was constantly unbearable as the tension grew even high. Both within the congress floors and the corridors of the west wing, the momentum grew even mightier at the stake of events.

This is the third time the Trump administration will be presiding over a shutdown in 2018.The first government shutdown began at midnight EST on Saturday, January 20, 2018, and ended on the evening of Monday, January 22. A second funding gap occurred on February 9, 2018. Although the funding gap only lasted nine hours overnight and did not interrupt government functioning or services. Despite the quick recovery of this deadlock, it was largely regarded by the media a...
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And my heart bleeds
23. December 2018 at 14:14
by Abiodun Jamiu Sulaiman
There is rampage in the land; an ocean of grief flows beneath it. My heart bleeds, but the closest of friends dare not console. When the head of an household dies, the house becomes an empty shell; when the land becomes hemmed in throng of sickness, not even the chief-priest can cleanse it. A dialogue between deafs will lead nowhere, but immured in indecisive decision.
There is rampage in the land; an ocean of grief flows beneath it. My heart bleeds, but the closest of friends dare not console. When the head of an household dies, the house becomes an empty shell; when the land becomes hemmed in throng of sickness, not even the chief-priest can cleanse it. A dialogue between deafs will lead nowhere, but immured in indecisive decision. I choose to remain salient, albeit my heart signalling the eyes to watch over the night - troubles sieged the land; an oozing Lamentations that show no sign of abating despite how unceasing dialogues between the two deafs - FG and higher institution trade Unions - carpeted the land.

Like the collision of the hammer against the anvil, in the forging house of a new life, one needs to bend for the others, or where necessary, rust! The recurring face-offs between FG and hig...
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Trump, Putin versus earth
20. December 2018 at 10:37
by Dickson Eyinmosan Jnr
"Climate is not the only stressor on the Earth system—other factors, including resource depletion and ever-growing human consumption and population, are exerting enormous pressure on nature’s and society’s resilience to sudden changes"-NRC reports
From the west-wing in Washington DC to the Kremlin in far away Moscow, there is no gain saying the obvious given observatory data and basic follow-up trend as it involves the duo of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. The two leaders who has been on a bromance show of unusual friendship since the American president got elected in November 2016, the rest of the world has remained startled both in silence and folded arms.

On a larger scale, the two has become the immediate superstars of gross populism and contrived politics. Staunch hardliners on Generally accepted global norms, conventions, and practices. They have gradually turned into political aliens whose belief system and arguments do not fit into any commonsense value of liberal politics. Indeed, they are proven cases of global mutants whose programs and policies are only in compli...
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Crocs in the Philippine Population
18. December 2018 at 09:02
by Carmina Cordero
It has been a long and painful struggle for the Filipinos to obtain political equality and recognition not only from the neighboring countries but throughout the World. Even as of today, the struggle continues. The Filipinos are in a fight for democracy not with the other races but with their own brothers.
Renowned personalities in the past considered as heroes of today, stepped up to redeem this political power from colonizers for the welfare of the people. Not foreseeing that in the end, the war will all turn between the same people they fought for. It is indeed unfortunate that despite the struggle, democracy is still far from the reach of the Filipinos thus, only small portion of this welfare is distributed. Larger portion of the bounty is horded by groups of creatures having the same bloodline. Political dynasty as they call it. Because of its existence for quite a period of time, hopes are fading and a question arises. Will be there a way and a time for it to end?

A Filipino will not be able to deny how strongly bonded he is with his family. This strong sense of family ties is deeply rooted to the country’s cultural values. S...
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Theresa May and the Brexiteers
15. December 2018 at 09:03
by Dickson Eyinmosan Jnr
After several attempts with EU leaders and recent visitations to the Hague and Brussels, getting all parties on the table and reaching a positive deal has remained a hard nut to crack as she struggle along with her Brexit policies even among her own MP who now find it difficult to buy-in on her deal.
The evening was crisp, as the atmosphere bears an avalanche of uncertainties given the odds been set at the table. It was a night filled with so much tension as anxiety rolled down the chin of Parliamentarians whose share of indifference ranks a different emotional poise. It was a moments which captured so much attention both within and outside the territorial bounds of the United Kingdom as all eyes became fixated on just one character - Theresa May

Behold, this became a moments of truth for both friends and foes alike as the hour of decision draws imminent. No doubt, either-ways, it eventually will be a day were the fate of Brexiteers and non Brexit adherents will be given a final close call at the heart of Westminster. Surly, there are bound to be just one victory laugh at the end of this process where emotional poise and policy dir...
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Filter by Filter
06. December 2018 at 09:00
by Bianca Ysabelle Baldemor
“Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.” Media is pervasive, and as time progresses, it appears to infiltrate our ideology and mind-setting, thus leading to an increasing influence to a chunk of our everyday actions.
This power encapsulated by media is often an end toward which politicians’ efforts are directed, using media as their instrument for their pursuit of prestige or self-preservation. Apparently, like what Andrew Heywood remarked, the media now constitute much more than a channel of communications; they are part of the political process itself, affecting, and not merely reflecting, the distribution of power in society at large.

The first step in dissecting media and its mobilizing power in the Philippine context is through a thorough analysis of the intricate framework of policies and structures via the “propaganda model”.

Advanced by Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky, the Propaganda Model is an analytical framework that attempts to explain the performance of media in terms of the basic institutional structures and rel...
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Endo contractualization: PH's ball and chain?
03. December 2018 at 11:23
by Bianca Ysabelle Baldemor
This debauched contractualization scheme is the country’s ball and chain, the burden and hindrance that ties the country down and prevents it from having a rather equitable work arrangement. It misleads not only the Filipino constituents, but also drives down the entrepreneurial worldwide competencies of the Philippines.
Harping on his campaign pledge, President Duterte has issued a stern warning to businessmen practicing “endo”, the colloquial term for contractualization, an illegal hiring system which denies workers of regular employment. Under the law, a worker who completes the six-month probationary period qualifies to be a regular employee, who is entitled to benefits like vacation and sick leaves, maternity leaves, social security, health insurance, and retirement benefits. However, many companies deliberately skirt this regulation by limiting the duration of employment contracts of workers to fewer than six months.

Endo is our employment system’s ball and chain, the burden and hindrance that ties the country down and prevents it from having a rather equitable work arrangement. President Duterte must cease the country's abidanc...
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Iron Fists in Velvet Gloves
02. December 2018 at 09:01
by Bianca Ysabelle Baldemor
Now that the similarities between the strongmen Ferdinand Marcos and Rodrigo Duterte are getting clearer, it is now the duty of the Filipino constituents to heed these lessons and raise social and political awareness before we spiral down to another probable doom.
Media is pervasive, and as time progresses, it appears to infiltrate our ideology and mind-setting, thus leading to an increasing influence to a chunk of our everyday actions. This power encapsulated by media is often an end toward which politicians’ efforts are directed, using media as their instrument for their pursuit of prestige or self-preservation. Apparently, like what Andrew Heywood remarked, the media now constitute much more than a channel of communications; they are part of the political process itself, affecting, and not merely reflecting, the distribution of power in society at large.

What happens when the information distributed by this ‘media’ is distorted? The consequence is misinformation, misguidance, and, consequently, ideological manipulation. But what would be our defence against the distorted cud...
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Why you should attend the Youth Connekt Africa Summit
27. November 2018 at 09:11
by Okash Mohamed
Youth Connekt Africa is an annual international summit which was launched in 2017 by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. Originally, the summit was on a national level to create jobs for the young people, change their mindset, provide training and mentorship opportunities for start-ups, to pitch business ideas, and to build a networks since then in spirit of pan Africanism, Rwandan young people and their Government realised to expend the scope of youth Connekt and build youth Connekt hub in Kigali for all the whole of Africa and beyond the continent.
The second edition of youth Connekt Africa took place in Kigali Conventional Centre on 8-10 October 2018 under the theme of “Connekting Youth for Continental Transformation”. The summit hosted approximately 2,800 delegates from 90 countries with the launch of Youth Connekt Hub. I had the privilege to be among those young people who attended this developmental youth platforms which opened my mind and the mind of thousands of people.

Youth Connect Africa Summit is a life-changing platform for the young people in the continent, Africa, and beyond. The summit was discussed the most pressing and potential areas for Africa, and how the young people should provide a solution for the gaps in all spheres of people’s lives. For the three days of the summit, the notion was what the young people can do for African to transform a...
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