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World Sports: The untouchables and double standards

The rate of corruption in sports has become a matter of concern to the general public, especially the fans. Of late, graft allegations, embezzlements and other corrupt practices have rocked the International Federation of Association Football, better known in French as the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The FIFA, the highest governing body of football controls football, beach soccer, efootball and futsal. Sadly, this sports body is not the lone swimmer in the ocean of corruption; the International Association of…

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COVID-19: Victims Of Conspiracy Theories, Myths or Paranoid Delusions?

Is it the ambiguous belief that certain powerful persons, institutions, government or even evil forces are secretly behind the presence of the COVID-19? How about an alleged undisclosed plot by groups to use the Coronavirus to manipulate the political process or target people for political or financial reasons? I believe you are not unaware of the claims that the Coronavirus was artificially manufactured in the laboratory to depopulate the world. Is the fallacy, that the spread of the COVID-19…

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Understanding why COVID-19 is Indeed a Virus, Tearing the African Social Fabric Apart

You may call the COVID-19 perhaps the worst pandemic of recent time, and definitely, one of the greatest health challenges the world has ever seen. That definition would not be hyperbolic because the virus has caused insurmountable damages and untold miseries, ranging from the deaths of loved ones to the collapse of the world economy.  But to some, the deadly virus is just what it is. So is the COVID-19 data. The opposite of evil. The reminiscence of anything…

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President Alassane Ouattara and the Controversial third-term agenda: A Recipe For Mayhem and Dichotomy

For those who have been following the political metamorphosis and the shenanigans in Ivory Coast, the latest news from the country is hardly the fact that the country’s President Alassane Ouattara has announced he will run for President again in October, despite having concluded his two terms as president – the legal maximum. Definitely, not Ouattara’s rascality. Rather, the real news is the fact that human beings, especially, African leaders, have failed to cast off their diapers of immaturity,…

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Africa and the Coronavirus pandemic: A blessing in disguise for some

For several months governments across the globe have been working tirelessly to contain the Coronavirus pandemic, a crisis which has brought the entire world to a standstill.  To reduce the risk of transmission, countries have been urging their citizens to embrace the directives issued by the World Health Organization (WHO). Some of the measures in place are, wearing of masks in public places, keeping social distancing, regular washing of the hands and sanitizing of the hands using alcohol-based hand…

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Appeals hearing in the Gbagbo and Blé Goudé case: Practical information

From 22 to 24 June 2020, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) will hold a partially virtual hearing in the case of The Prosecutor v. Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé to hear the observations of Parties and Participants on the Prosecutor’s appeal against the acquittal decision in this case. The Chamber will make its judgment on this appeal at a later stage. The hearing will take place with the participation of the Prosecutor,…

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Coronavirus Pandemic: One Man’s Meat is Another Man’s poison

Have you ever pondered over the adage one man’s meat is another man’s poison? If you did, how relevant is the proverb to the present coronavirus state of affairs? Like a hurricane,  the pugnacious pandemic descended, tormenting the world community with impunity. Deaths, sickness, alienation, uncertainties, poverty, joblessness, hopelessness become synonymous with the virus; and those social threats would soon metamorphose into a norm. But not everyone sees the pandemic as an existential threat. For some a few individuals,…

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ICC Appeals Chamber amends the conditions of release of Gbagbo and Blé Goudé

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) has on 28 May 2020, decided to dismiss the request of the Defence for Mr Gbagbo for reconsideration of its judgment granting him and Mr Blé Goudé conditional release. The Appeals Chamber, however, decided to review the conditions of release. This decision does not concern the appeal against the decision acquitting Mr Gbagbo and Mr Blé Goudé. The Appeals Chamber noted that the Defence of Mr Gbagbo did…

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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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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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Coronavirus: The deadly pandemic holding the world hostage

The name coronavirus originated from the Latin word corona, meaning crown or halo. The new virus has wreaked havoc and caused fear in the entire globe sweeping both poor and rich countries, irrespective of race, gender, religion, social status or geographical location. What is coronavirus? The World Health Organization (WHO) defines coronavirus as a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle…

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