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Nigeria’s Governor Hits Buhari’s Party, Says APC A Curse

  Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, one of the strategic oil and gas states of Nigeria in the Niger Delta area has taken on the All Progressives Congress (APC), the political party of President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been dominating the affairs of the country since May 29, 2015.   Governor Wike who is of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the party that was on the saddle in the country from 1999-2015, says APC is a curse to the political sovereigns of Nigeria.   According to him, ”when the present administration at the center came on board, they preached …

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Fresh Concerns Over Nigeria’s Security System

There are growing concerns in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, over the country’s security system. Security agencies in the country often show partisanship in the mood of their operations. Professionalism is increasingly slipping down the abyss.   The worrisome situation crept into the open again on the floor of the Senate, the upper legislative chamber of the country’s bicameral Legislature on Wednesday. Nigeria has 109 senators and they are lamenting the rising level of insecurity in the country, blaming it on the collapse of the country’s security structure.   Before now, Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara had …

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President Trump recognizes Jerusalem as capital of Israel

In a briefing on Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump declared that the US would formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and “directed the State Department to “begin preparation to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.” According to the President’s address,  It was 70 years ago under President Truman that the United States recognized Israel, and Jerusalem as the capital, the capital the Jewish people established in Ancient Times. Today Jerusalem is the seat of the modern Israeli government and the home of the Israeli Parliament, and the Israeli Supreme Court.   The President expounded with a …

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Russian Hackers linked to US Election Hacking also implicated in Treason against Russia

Russian interference in the US elections has been the subject of much controversy, and an ongoing investigation by the FBI. However recent news from a Russian news startup has linked a former Russian Federal Security Bureau official and 3 alleged accomplices to a secretive treason case in Russia.  Sergei Mikhailov, the FSB’s former head of cyber investigations, was detained on Dec. 5, 2016, together with three alleged accomplices — his colleague Dmitry Dokuchayev, former Kaspersky Lab employee Ruslan Stoyanov, and internet entrepreneur Georgy Fomchenkov. The men are currently held in Moscow’s high-security Lefortovo prison on charges of committing treason. The …

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Nigeria: Dancing On Restructuring

Without a doubt, Nigeria is a twisted federation. She needs an urgent restructuring if leaders really want the country to take her prime place in the comity of nations. But efforts to address the problematic national question has always been aborted with ethno-religious sentiments. There is so much suspicion by the component sections of the country. As it is today, all forms of agitations in the country, be it of the Sharia/Islamic State in the North by the Boko Haram, the resource ownership by the Niger Delta militants, Biafra by the Igbo people or the Oodua Republic by the Yoruba …

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APC Party in Hot Battle For Nigeria’s Oil States in upcoming election

The next cycle of general elections in Nigeria will be coming up in 2019. But at the backstage, power seekers, political elites and political parties are already locked in a seeming fiendish battle to wrestle power from the dominant forces. In the oil-rich states of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, and Rivers, the All Progressives Congress (APC), the political party of President Muhammadu Buhari, is not leaving anything to chance. As Africa’s top oil producer, Nigeria derives 95 percent of export earnings and 70 percent of government revenue from the oil sector controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), …

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Abe retains power in Snap Election in Japan

Last week Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for a snap election to convene the Japanese parliament which has resulted in an overwhelming majority for his Liberal Democratic party. Mr. Abe’s party won a clear majority of more than two-thirds of Parliament’s 465 seats, with the Liberal Democratic Party or LDP holding a majority even without its partner in the coalition, the Komeito party. The latest win puts Mr. Abe as the longest-ever serving Prime Minister in the modern history of the Republic, which has been moving its mandate to overhaul the country’s defense and diplomatic strategy which some are …

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UK Government admits North Korea involved in NHS WannaCry hack

In a shocking reveal earlier today, the British government announced that they are nearly certain that North Korean actors perpetrated the “WannaCry” malware attack which hit the National Health Service’s IT systems back in May. The cure to the WannaCry malware was discovered by a 22-year old computer engineer Marcus Hutchins in the south coast of England who discovered a “kill switch” that ultimately allowed the attack to be slowed. The malware was a type of ransomware which would encrypt all the files on a computer and display a message asking for $300 to $600 to release files, or to …

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Fighting ISIS is only the beginning for the Kurds

In the long battle against ISIS, one unlikely group helped turn the tides of the battle- the Kurdish people. the Kurds speak a Western Iranian language and live in a region that encompasses the northwestern part of Iran, the northern part of Iraq, northeastern Syria, and eastern Turkey.  The Kurds have long been a stateless people and as a result saw the fight against ISIS as an opportunity to fight for increased autonomy. The Kurds reside in a semi-autonomous state within Iraq which enjoys its own constitutional privileges. However many Kurds are looking for independence especially in the wake of …

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Sebastian Kurz will form coalition in Austria

Earlier this week the results were counted from Austria’s election and the nation selected Sebastian Kurz, 31 as the new chancellor of the nation. Representing the People’s Party, or ÖVP, Kurz will be the youngest leader of any world nation. German newspapers criticized Kurz, whose party is traditionally a center-right party of catering votes from the far-right, and using anti-muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment to garner support and build a coalition. Kurz’s party came in first place with 31.4 percent of the vote. The Social Democrats, who currently rule, had 26.7 percent, while the far-right Freedom Party surpassed the incumbent party with …