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The Torch: Being Equal To the Task

Life is full of opportunities and choices. If you make a good choice, you reap the profits; however, if your choice is bad, you bear the consequences. More often than not, we have opportunities to positively change our lives and those of others. Think of our educational, political, relationship choices. A wrong decision could drastically lead to unbearable hardship or even destroy lives altogether. Have you really taken into consideration the quality and acumen of the candidates you want…

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Al Hassan case: Confirmation of charges hearing postponed to 6 May 2019

On 20 July 2018, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided to postpone the commencement of the confirmation hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud to 6 May 2019. The hearing was initially scheduled to take place on 24 September 2018. Having considered the submissions and requests of the parties, as well as a number of factors, including the time required for the disclosure of evidence to the Defence and…

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Rome Statute 20th anniversary high-level commemorations generate strong calls for justice

On 16 and 17 July 2018, an event was held at the headquarters of International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), in The Hague, The Netherlands, to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the ICC. High-level representatives of more than 30 States in attendance included the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representatives of national Senates and Parliaments, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice, as well as officials of international and regional…

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ICC Prosecutor’s Statement on the Second Arrest Warrant for Mr Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli

On 4 July 2018, the judges of the Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) issued a second warrant of arrest for Mr. Al-Werfalli, a commander in the Al-Saiqa Brigade, based in Benghazi, Libya. In August 2017, the judges of the ICC found reasonable grounds to believe that Mr. Al-Werfalli is responsible for 7 separate rounds of executions, in which a total of 33 people were murdered, and issued a warrant of arrest against…

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The Western Conspiracy, Short-sightedness and the Recent Refugee Crises

“Europe will be invaded by thousands of immigrants from Libya. There will be no one to stop them anymore. The Mediterranean will become a sea of chaos if I am toppled from power.”  This is not a prophecy from God, rather it was a warning from no other person than the former Libyan President Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to the ex-Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair during a telephone conversation with him on 25 February 2011. While the Western…

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Dictatorship: The Issue Of Financial Returns

Some critics have argued that Africa has been the birthplace of dictators. From “Field Marshal” Idi Amin of Uganda, “Emperor” Jean-Bedel Bokassa of Central African Republic, General Sani Abacha of Nigeria, Mobutu Sese Seko (DRC) to  Hissene Habre (Chad), the long list is endless. These and more African heartless dictators have – even though they may have been dead – milked, plundered, wretched their countries, and caused immense hardship to their subjects. The dictators systematically turned their various countries…

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Never Let Corruption Kill The Beautiful Game

  Corruption in sport is as old as sport itself. From the FIFA-Blatter scandal in Russia-doping, corruption in sport has many forms, faces, and dimension. It might take in the form of match-fixing by players, referees, and criminals. Or blood and urine lab officials demanding monster pay from athletes to influence results, club owners and administrators insisting on kickbacks for players’ transfers, government officials rigging bids for construction contracts. Money laundering in the form of purchase of clubs, players…

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Vote for  Mr Africa!

Often we hear that African leaders are corrupt, incompetent, selfish, visionless…. (continue counting till the day breaks…). While we question why those clueless Africans are elected or accepted by the masses, more questions come to mind. Could it be that the African masses share some blames for the incompetence and bad leadership of their leaders? Or can one argue that some Africans perhaps exhibit some characteristics of their leaders? The same leaders they criticise? Same genes? Hum! Isn’t time…

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Agama Reincarnates

Recently, Agama and wife are not seeing eye to eye. Both have been fighting because Agama has become a nuisance to the family of recent. He is not laying the right foundation for his children. From vomiting in his bed to occasional urinating in his dream. All these, caused by his excessive beer drinking – a habit he has vowed not to give up, even if it means ending the marriage. After soiling the bed again, the children have…

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The Brevity of Life and Opportunities

When we fully understand the brevity of life, its fleeting joys and unavoidable pains; when we accept the facts that all men and women are approaching an inevitable doom: the consciousness of it should make us more kindly and considerate of each other. This feeling should make men and women use their best efforts to help their fellow travellers on the road, to make the path brighter and easier as we journey on. It should bring a closer kinship,…

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Human Trafficking and New Wave Of African Prostitution in Europe

The new wave of migration to Europe has produced many serious social challenges, amongst them, human trafficking, prostitution, drug violence, modern day slavery. Trying to escape the intimidating political challenges in their various countries, coupled with the quest to survive the crushing economic situation in their countries, many Africans are stubbornly heading to the West at all odds. Despite all the dangers and hurdles facing them before they reach their final destination – for those who are lucky to…

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The Border of Democracy: German Government Pays ‘Bin Laden Bodyguard’ Welfare

Sometimes, one is confronted with dicey, contentious and contradictory situations while trying to defend our modern democracy. More often than not, it becomes increasingly difficult to draw a line or set a clear border, where democracy ends and abuse of law begins. Generally, equal rights, equity and fairness amongst everyone are some of the components of democracy and the rule of law. However, it becomes ironic and indeed a discrepancy when the same democracy, which aims at creating fairness…

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