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African leaders and animal invasion as snakes chase Liberian President Weah out of office

President George Weah of Liberia has been forced out of his office and made to work from his private residence by snakes. According to the press secretary Smith Toby, two black snakes were found on Wednesday in the foreign affairs ministry building, where the official office of President Weah is located. The presence of the snakes has led the government to ask all staff of the ministry not to come to the office until 22 April. It must be…

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Al Hassan case: Confirmation of charges hearing postponed to 8 July 2019

Today, 18 April 2019, 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 8 July 2019, instead of 6 May 2019. This new date corresponds to a necessary adjustment, justified by procedural issues. The Single Judge designated to carry out the functions of the Chamber in this case, Péter Kovács, noted that the Chamber had to…

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The Catholic Kingdom and the endangered species

It is now hardly a secret that innocent kids have been for years, victims of pedophile priests, who have ingloriously betrayed their religious duties, moral, and more than anything, the trust many, including their victims, had in them, just to satisfy their naked sexual lust. “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these,” indeed. The kids definitely came to the clergy, albeit innocently. But rather…

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ICC judges reject opening of an investigation regarding Afghanistan situation

Today, 12 April 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) rejected unanimously the request of the Prosecutor to proceed with an investigation for alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes, on the territory of in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The judges decided that an investigation into the situation in Afghanistan at this stage would not serve the interests of justice. The Chamber is composed of Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua, who will be appending a concurring separate opinion,…

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Omar al-Bashir of Sudan ousted and arrested in a military Coup

Omar al-Bashir of Sudan ousted and arrested in a military Coup Following months of peaceful protests in Sudan, Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, who has been in power for nearly 30 years has been ousted and arrested, according to the defence minister. Speaking on state TV, insisted the army had decided to remove Omar al-Bashir from power as well as oversee a two-year transitional period, which will lead to elections. According to Awad Ibn Ouf , the transitional administration would…

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Proverb of the week: The word of a friend makes you cry; the word of an enemy makes you laugh

This proverb, which might sound ironic and contradictory to many, is typical of the Tuaregs, a nomadic tribe predominantly found in the central and western Sahara and along the middle of Niger, stretching from Tombouctou to Nigeria. This tribe is present in Niger, Mali, Algeria, Burkina Faso and Mauritania. Amongst the Tuaregs, interpersonal and close relationships are very important, hence the importance of this proverb, which teaches the value of friendship and the need to appreciate the advice from…

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Saif-Al-Islam Gaddafi case: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I confirms case is admissible before the ICC

Today, 5 April 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC), by majority, rejected the Admissibility Challenge presented by the Defence of Mr Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi. The Majority, constituted by Judge Péter Kovács and Judge Reine Adélaïde Sophie Alapini-Gansou, decided that the case against Mr Gaddafi was admissible before the Court.  Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut will file a minority opinion in due course.    On 6 June 2018, the Defence filed an Admissibility Challenge concerning the case…

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Algeria: When Bouteflika’s ‘asking for forgiveness’ becomes a warning

Following the six week’s protests in Algeria, demanding the end to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s rule, the President has not only finally agreed to step down; he has equally asked Algerians “for forgiveness” for whatever he may have done wrong as a leader. The Algerian strong man had ruled the country for 20 years but is presently confined to a wheelchair as a result of a stroke he suffered some years ago, which has kept him rarely in public. Mr….

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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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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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