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US and ICC: Fighting for Justice and the Rule of Law

  Yesterday, the US had threatened to impose sanctions against the International Criminal Court (ICC) if it prosecutes Americans. The threats were made by the US National Security Adviser John Bolton as he vowed: “to protect our citizens” by all means from what he called an “illegitimate” court. Mr. Bolton’s statement was a reaction to the court’s recent consideration to prosecute US servicemen and women over alleged human rights abuses in Afghanistan, including detainee abuse. What is the ICC?…

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Proverb of the week: “Dogs do not actually prefer bones to meat; it is just that no one ever gives them meat.”

Dogs do not actually prefer bones to meat; it is just that no one ever gives them meat. ~ Akan (Ghana) Are you meant to be poor? Is your social condition “normal” and permanent? These are perhaps some of the questions you might ask yourself. With the above proverb, the Akan people of Ghana try to create that sense of consciousness amongst themselves and discourage one from accepting their negative social situation without trying hard to change it positively. To…

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That Silent Killer Called Hepatitis

Often when we talk of deadly diseases or sicknesses, our minds go to cancer, Aids, stroke, and the rest; hardly, do we think of hepatitis. Hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver, which can be self-limiting or can progress to fibrosis (scarring), cirrhosis or liver cancer, is often caused by hepatitis viruses. Other infections, auto-immune diseases, toxic substances such as alcohol and certain drugs also play a major part in causing hepatitis. What makes hepatitis deadly is the fact that…

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Germany returns Namibia genocide skulls without reparations or apologies

Germany returns to Namibia the remains of nearly 30 victims killed in an uprising more than a century ago, albeit without a formal apology or reparations from Germany. The skulls and bones are mainly of the Herero and Nama peoples killed during the German genocidal campaign, which started during the uprising in 1904. An estimated 100,000 people were believed to have been mercilessly slaughtered by colonial Master Germany in what many called a genocide during the uprising. The formally…

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South Africa and Land Redistribution: Justice or Victimisation?

Although the apartheid rule has officially ended in South Africa 24 years ago, following the country’s independence and the release of the former President Nelson Mandela, the global symbol of peace and moral authority from prison, white South Africans, who make up just 9% of the country’s population, still own 72% of the farmland held by individuals, according to the government’s statistics. This economic disequilibrium has given rise to calls for a fair and equitable land redistribution. While many…

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Food: Saffron Spiced Beef with Beans and Chapati – From Niger

    Ingredients : 400g cow meat, 500g haricot (green beans), half piece of garlic, 1 pepper, 100g Saffron, 4 chapati (or 4 slices of Turkish bread), 1 beef bouillon cube, 2 EP oil, salt. Preparation Time: 10 Minutes Cooking Time: 35 minutes   Preparation Method Cut the meat into very small pieces. Wash the meat and fry it with oil in a pan. Set the gas temperature low. Peel and crush the garlic. Add the garlic to the…

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How to potty train a puppy

Puppies are sensitive, therefore you need to build a strong, loving and caring bond between the two of you. Your attitude towards them matters a lot. Basically, it takes 4-6 months to be fully trained, but some take a whole year, depending on the age, learning history and how they were previously bred. Patience and persistence are all that one needs to train a puppy as well. The puppy should be trained when he is between 12 weeks and 16weeks old. Confine the puppy in a room or a…

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Power And Knowledge: Let God Talk To Me Directly

USENI (on the phone): Hello! Hallo!! Alooo!! Eeee even network problem reach heaven. Me, I don understand dis MTN, Airtel or Safaricom bad-bad network nonsense. VOICE FROM HEAVEN: Hello! USENI: Aloo!!  Is dat God? VOICE FROM HEAVEN: No! This is Peter! USENI: Eee! Oga Peter, how your end? Me, I wan’ speak to your Oga PETER: Who? USENI (angry): You don’ know your master again? Which kind nonsense “who” question is dat one? You servants can annoy person too…

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Why You May Need a Therapist

 Ironically, what makes life, which is enmeshed in problems, meaningful, is its ability to act as our teacher in the tempestuous journey of maturity. Problems are inevitable in life. We learn from them in order to make our lives worth living and purposeful. However, not everyone can cope with these inevitable problems in life. While some people can successfully take care of their life obstacles, others are overwhelmed by them. A good reason to go online and seek a…

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To ban or encourage the second-hand clothes trade?

Worldwide the second-hand clothes trade has generated about $3.67 billion in revenue, according to the 2016 estimate. From this figure, Africa has a 35% total value of the trade, while Europe, Asia and the Americas and others have 27%, 26%, and 12% respectively. The lives of many Africans have been positively changed due to the income from this business; many Africans have either ventured into the business or benefited indirectly from it. More than that, with the quality advantage…

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Mesut Özil Stops Playing International Football For Germany

Mesut Özil, the talented Arsenal midfielder has decided he would no longer play international football for Germany. The 29-year-old Özil, who made his decision known some hours ago, in a lengthy statement, blamed his decision on the way he claimed he was treated by the German Football Association (DFB), following unexpected Germany’s early exit in the just concluded World Cup. The German footballer alleged that the DFB blamed him for the terrible performance of the German team. To him,…

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