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Sober reflections on global environmental hazards and damages

There is no doubt that many oil companies have blood in their hands due to the environmental hazards they have caused, globally. The immediate and long-term effects of those environmental damages cannot be underestimated. From the pollution of the ecosystem (soil, water, sea, air, plant, etc) to hazards to the human, animals, the drilling of oil comes with a huge income and many challenges to the society. Many oil companies have been accused of paying little or no attention…

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Issues of democracy and the rule of law as the US denies visas to the ICC Investigators

The United States has often portrayed itself as the pillar of democracy and the rule of law. For long, this view of the US had been the impression of many around the world when they talked about the USA. But that positive impression seems to have come under doubts of recent. Sadly, the decision of the US not to issue visas to staff of the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigating abuses allegedly committed by U.S. troops in Afghanistan does…

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ICC President of the Assembly of States Parties regrets withdrawal from the Rome Statute by the Philippines

The President of the Assembly of States Parties, Mr. O-Gon Kwon (Republic of Korea), has reiterated his regret regarding the withdrawal of the Philippines, effective as of 17 March 2019, from the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”). President Kwon noted, “the Assembly of States Parties, comprising more than 120 States from all regions of the world, is fully committed to the Court’s mandate: to help put an end to impunity for the most…

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Champions League: Quarter-finals draw

The draw of the quarter-finals of the Champions League has been revealed with Spanish giant FC Barcelona, drawn against Manchester United, while two English clubs Tottenham and Manchester City will play against each other. With the draw, Premier League leaders Manchester City will play their rival Spurs three times in 11 days. Ajax of  Amsterdam, Netherland will battle against Juventus of Turin with all eyes on Juventus’ super talent Christiano Ronaldo. Porto FC of Portugal will face last year’s…

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The true meaning of justice as Jean-Pierre Bemba sues ICC for $75m

The former rebel leader and Vice-President of DR Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, who was recently acquitted of war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC) last year, has sued the ICC for almost $75m in damages, following his 10–year detention by the court. The latest move by Bemba has significantly put the ICC in an uncomfortable spotlight as well as questioned the true meaning of justice. According to the lawyers of Jean-Pierre Bemba, the International Criminal Court must compensate their…

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Proverb of the Week

The old woman looks after the child to grow its teeth and the young one in turn looks after the old woman when she loses her teeth. (English) Aberewa hwe abofra ma ofifir se nna abofra so hwe aberewa ma nese tutu. (Akan)  Bibi ukuza mtoto akiona meno, yanakua, mtoto pia ushudia bibiye meno yakingooka. (Swahili) La vieille dame veille a l’enfant grandit ses dents, et l’enfant a son tour veille a cette derniere perd les siennes. (French) The…

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Boeing 737 Max8 and Safety Questions

Following the second deadly crash of a brand-new Boeing aircraft 737 Max8 in five months ( Indonesian Lion Air flight that crashed over the Java Sea in late October, killing all 189 people on board and the recent Ethiopian Airlines deadly crash today, which took the lives of all the 157 passengers on board), are there enough reasons to question the safety of the new model aircraft, Boeing 737 Max8? Having in mind that the two crashed planes were…

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Breaking News: Ethiopian airliner crashes on way to Kenya

Latest news from our reporter in Uganda says Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet, the Boeing 737 which departed from Addis Ababa en route Nairobi has crashed six minutes after take off. The plane had 157 passengers ( 149 passengers and 8 crew ) on board, according to our reporter. It is feared that there are casualties. The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has sent his deepest condolences to the affected families via his official Twitter: “The office of the…

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Female genital mutilation and gender-based crimes against women in Africa

Often in many African countries, for a great number of women, being born a woman seems sometimes not only like a crime; it can be a great misfortune as well. Even though, being seen as a sex object can itself be a bitter traumatic experience, justifying such a perception with violent treatment of women and in some cases, being killed for not living up to that patriarchal sex-role stereotype and expectations, can indeed be a nightmare no sane woman…

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ICC:President of the Assembly of States Parties welcomes Malaysia’s accession to the Rome Statute

President of the Assembly of States Parties welcomes Malaysia’s accession to the Rome Statute The President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, Mr. O-Gon Kwon, today welcomed the deposit by Malaysia, on 4 March 2019, of its instrument of accession to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). President Kwon stated: “On behalf of the Assembly I wholeheartedly welcome Malaysia to the Rome Statute family and I congratulate the government and the people of Malaysia for…

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Luke Perry, Beverly Hills 90210 star dies aged 52

Actor Luke Perry of the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale, died on Monday after suffering a massive stroke last week. According to the statement from the representative of the deceased, the 52-year old star was rushed to a hospital in Burbank, California, on Wednesday last week as a result of a stroke he suffered at his home in Sherman Oaks, on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Following his admission in the hospital, Luke Perry’s fellow actors, some…

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Somalia: Five men sentenced to death for gang-rape

Five men have been sentenced to death by firing squad for the gang-rape of a woman in Galkayo, a town in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland. According to the prosecutor, the accused  – four of whom are 18 years old and one 19 – pleaded guilty to raping the woman, whose name was not mentioned, on 22 February. The verdict, which took place in a civilian court is very significant because until now, most rape cases in Puntland had…

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