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The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Unreliability and Unpredictability of life

Life is the best teacher for those who wish to learn. Every day of our life is pregnant, waiting to give birth to our expectations, wishes, surprises… Or stillborn. Life is wrapped in the bud of knowns and unknowns and each day comes with a bunch of experiences. So is the Coronavirus crisis. As we mourn the innocent victims who have succumbed to the cold hands of the deadly Coronavirus, we watch in awe how our once meticulously organised…

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Côte d’Ivoire and the Soro Saga: Ignoring History and the Consequences.

The world-acclaimed Nigerian prolific author Chinua Achebe wrote in his memoir There was a country that “a man who does not know where the rain began to beat him cannot say where he dried his body.” This simple, yet powerful proverb carefully summarizes the problem facing many African countries, in particular, Côte d’Ivoire (also called Ivory Coast), as the country’s court on Tuesday sentenced exiled former prime minister Guillaume Soro to 20 years in jail on charges of embezzlement and money laundering. Interestingly, the 47-…

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Playing the Coronavirus Joker Poker

I love playing the poker game because it stimulates one’s thinking faculty. Sure, you’ve got to be very attentive, calculative, creative – and sometimes even innovative and desperate, as the situation changes. Yes, desperate to win – especially when you believe time and circumstances seem to be against you. That calls for more thoughtfulness. Thoughtfulness before you play your seemingly last joker, knowing that in most cases, that last joker might be your best weapon – or the last…

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The Coronavirus Blues

Interestingly, the coronavirus pandemic is full of irony. On the one hand, the easiest way to be infected with the virus is through closeness with an infected person; that includes physical contact with the infected persons and surfaces. Yet the lockdown which forces one to stay home – and to be close to the family members – helps to curtail the spread of the infectious virus. If there is something positive about the coronavirus lockdown, it is the fact…

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The Coronavirus Pandemic Lockdown or Lock-up?

You could say that the coronavirus pandemic came unannounced. Followed by preventive measures to tame the seemingly indomitable aggressive deadly virus. First, came the lockdown, initiated by various governments around the world. It was meant to last for a period of two weeks or a little more. Fair enough, to most citizens, the duration was manageable a sacrifice to make to enable their leaders to bring the spread of the volatile viral virus to a halt. Soon, that period…

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The Other Side of the Coronavirus Pandemic

It came like a flash of angry light and brimstone, followed by an audacious thunderous tempest. Bold and seemingly uncontrollable, leaving both the ill-prepared captain and crew members in a higgledy-piggledy state, struggling – somehow clueless – to damper the stubborn tidal tempest. Lockdown and quarantine seem the most suitable precaution for the surprised, vulnerable passengers against being snatched away by the angry tempest or from the jabbing jaw of the hungry shark. Welcome the unwelcome, unbidden coronavirus. It…

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RESPONSE BY SUDAN LIBERATION MOVEMENT TO UN SECRETARY GENERAL AND UNAMID ON COVID-19 CRISIS AND SECURITY CONDITIONS IN DARFUR

The leadership of the mainstream Sudan Liberation Movement and Sudan Liberation Army (SLM/A-AW) welcomes the global call by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a cessation of all armed conflict across the planet in order to bring about more effective collective countermeasures and rational cooperation between state and non-state actors to defeat the lethal scourge of the Corona Virus pestilence ravaging all of humanity. In his humanist sentiments for the common good, we cannot fault the Secretary-General. There is nonetheless…

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AN URGENT HUMANITARIAN APPEAL TO THE UNITED NATIONS TO TAKE CONCERTED PREVENTIVE COVID-19 ACTION FOR REFUGEES AND IDP’S IN DARFUR

It is with the gravest concern possible that the leadership of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM/A-AW) calls on the UN Security Council, the World Health Organization and UNAMID to take swift action to contain the potential spread of COVID-19 in the refugee and IDP camps throughout Darfur. Recognizing that the lethal virus has not revealed itself in large numbers throughout the continent of Africa, nor Sudan in particular thus far, is no cause for complacency, where instead the slow…

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ICC: Statement concerning recent threats made against staff and their families

The International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”) has taken note of recent statements alluding to possible sanctions against Court officials and staff and their families. The Court stands firmly by all its officials and staff, who perform, with integrity and dedication, essential duties for the ICC’s mandate on behalf of its 123 States Parties, which hail from all regions of the world. As an independent and impartial judicial institution, the ICC and its organs act strictly within the mandate bestowed upon them…

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Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi: ICC Appeals Chamber confirms case’s admissibility

Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, the presiding judge on the appeal regarding the admissibility of the case against Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, on 9 March 2020 at the International Criminal Court in The Hague (Netherlands) © ICC-CPI Today, 9 March 2020, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) unanimously confirmed the admissibility of the case against Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi before the Court and rejected his appeal against the Pre-Trial Chamber I’s decision dismissing his challenge to the admissibility…

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BREAKING NEWS: ICC Appeals Chamber authorises the opening of an investigation in Afghanistan.

Today, 5 March 2020, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (‘ICC’ or ‘Court’) decided unanimously to authorise the Prosecutor to commence an investigation into alleged crimes under the jurisdiction of the Court in relation to the situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The Appeals Chamber’s judgment amended the decision of Pre-Trial Chamber II of 12 April 2019, which had rejected the Prosecutor’s request for authorisation of an investigation of 20 November 2017 and had found that…

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Why the USA and Nigeria speak the same language and understand each other.

Who could argue that the USA and Nigeria, the “giant of Africa” speak the same language? Hardly, anyone. Right? After all, they both speak English. Yes, the American and Nigerian English. So arguably, no one doubts whether Nigeria actually understood her US counterpart, when the world super-power recently imposed visa restrictions on Nigeria and five other countries, namely, Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan and Tanzania. The USA cited the failure of the affected countries to meet US security and information-sharing…

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