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I am still trying to wrap my mind around the way Nigerians are empathising so strongly with African Americans as they protest the gruesome murder of George Floyd by the Minnesota police. Social media in Nigeria continues to buzz with emotional post and comments. Some persons have even suddenly found the poetic and philosophical sides […]Continue Reading
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Press Release -Federal government should set up commission to investigate policing crisis -‘Racism and white supremacy are fuelling these killings and the police response to the protests’ – Rachel Ward Reacting to heavy-handed, militarised policing in response to protests in several US cities this weekend following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Continue Reading
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The chaos that started in Minneapolis has spread across the US. More and more cities have deployed National Guard to maintain order on the street and imposed a curfew. The protests even emerged near the White House.  Minnesota Governor Tim Walz publicly said, “As you saw this expand across the United States, and you start […]Continue Reading
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Amidst conflicting reports, the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank has denied news reports that it has conceded to American demand for an independent probe and immediate stepping aside of the bank President,Akinwumi Adesina over alleged infractions. In a statement signed by the Minister of Planning and Development of the Republic of Côte […]Continue Reading
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By Segun Samson According to several informed sources in and outside of Africa’s premier development institution, this was and always has been an insidious attempt by the United States to remove Akinwumi Adesina, a Nigerian, as President of the Bank. For the record, the United States vigorously opposed him during his election in 2015. Ever […]Continue Reading
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Donald Trump accused Twitter of interfering in the 2020 presidential election in the US As a post by US President Donald Trump has been given a fact-check label by Twitter for the first time. Mr Trump tweeted, without providing evidence: “There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent.” […]Continue Reading
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By Judd Devermont China is deftly using its military engagement to advance its strategic objectives in sub-Saharan Africa and in the wider world. Its military activities are part of—not separate from—its broader goals in the region. Beijing’s framing of its security assistance to African partners as mutually beneficial and in protection of its overseas interests […]Continue Reading
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By Jon Allsop On Saturday, former President George W. Bush made a rare public intervention. In a slickly produced video message, Bush called for compassion and solidarity in the face of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. “In the final analysis,” he said, over a montage of heart-warming images, “we are not partisan combatants. […]Continue Reading
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By Kevin Baron The military’s nostalgic WWII-style posters urge face masks and national unity, but they’re not reaching Trump and his disbelieving followers. Here we are, once again watching TV images of extreme-right militia dudes kitted up with AR-15s and Sig Sauers, ill-fitting tactical vests, wraparound sunglasses, goatees, and Hawaiian “Boogaloo” shirts. Usually Continue Reading