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ICC: The Scientific Advisory Board of the Office of the Prosecutor holds its 5th annual meeting

On 21 and 22 June 2018, the Office of the Prosecutor (the “Office”) of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) held its 5th annual meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board (the “Board”) of the Office, at the seat of the Court in The Hague, The Netherlands. The Board provides recommendations to the ICC Prosecutor, Mrs Fatou Bensouda, on the latest developments in new and emerging technologies, and scientific methods and procedures that can further reinforce the Office’s…

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South Sudanese Celebrate the Kiir-Machar Peace Deal

It has been a joyful day in South Sudan’s capital, Juba and beyond, as two arch-rivals President Salva Kiir and his former Vice-President Riek Machar signed a new peace deal to end a barbaric five-year civil war. The latest power struggle between the President and his former deputy has devastated the country, killed thousands of innocent citizens and displaced millions of South Sudanese. It is, therefore, no coincidence that the new peace deal has given hope to many South…

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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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Zimbabwe election: A New Beginning or Another Political ‘Coup’?

The first post-Mugabe elections in Zimbabwe have come and gone. As usual in the African political terrain, while the declared winners are jubilant, the presumed losers are bitterly contesting the conducts and results of the elections. With the leader of the ruling Zanu-PF President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared the winner with 50.8% of the vote, on the other hand, the leader of the opposition Nelson Chamisa, whom, according to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec), received 44.3% of the vote, repeatedly…

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DRC: Will Bemba Walk out from Prison to the Presidential Palace?

The acquittance of the former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes against humanity, could alter the political equation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. While Jean-Pierre Bemba’s supporters have backed his presidential ambition in elections due this December, President Joseph Kabila’s camp is more or less, in political hypertension. The landmark conviction of Jean-Pierre Bemba, which was overturned by panels of judges at the ICC came as…

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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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Sometimes It has got to be real Or nothing

Imagine you embarked on a journey! Yes, on a journey without knowing your destination! It would be a mere aimless journey, wouldn’t it? Envisage a situation, where you want to change your life, yet you do not actually know what exactly you want to change. Definitely, life can be fruitless and perhaps, dangerous a mission, if one does not know what they want. Sadly, unless you are able to know or identify your wishes in life, you definitely may…

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The Nigerian Political Tsunami that does the Majority no good

The political abracadabra in Nigeria is taking another interesting dimension, this time, reaching a feverish height, following the massive defection of 15 senators from the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The defections of 15 senators from the governing APC followed the police attempt this morning, to block the Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki and his deputy Ike Ekweremadu from leaving their houses. What makes the police action very ironic is the fact…

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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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South Sudan and Ceasefire: Real or Same Old Story?

The recent promise by South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir to accept a peace deal, which would end years of civil war in the world’s youngest country has been received with cautious optimism, to say the least. To many, there is little reason for jubilation over the statement of the President or his rival Riek Machar, if their past empty promises are anything to go by. Since becoming the youngest country in the world, South Sudan has plunged into a…

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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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Family Planning in Africa and Men’s Chauvinism

According to the new UN population report, the population of the world stands presently at 7.6 billion people. In the year 2050, it is expected that about 2.2 billion more people worldwide, will be added to this figure, making the world’s population close to 9.8 billion people in the next 32 years. Presently, Africa has a population of 1.2 billion. However, by 2050, this figure is believed to increase by almost 60%, adding more 1.3 billion people to the…

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