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December 31, 2020

How Nigeria's police used 'shoot to kill' at demos

World attention focused on Nigeria after mass Black Lives Matter-type protests erupted against police brutality by the notorious now disbanded special anti-robbery squad, known as SARS....

Corruption behind 'embarrassing' power cuts in oil-rich nation

Some $2.2bn-worth of Nigerian energy contracts were awarded without a bidding process by the former president and his energy minister, officials say. One was to a company with less than $200 of base capital at the time, a witness told a parliamentary commi ...

Hillary's twisted logic that denies poll success of Barack

David Plouffe - Obama Campaign ManagerWhen we won Iowa, the first state to vote in the primary process to find the Democratic nominee for US President, the Hillary Clinton campaign said it's not the number of states you win, it's "a contest fo ...

Was America's Middle East military boss 'set up' by Washington?

Chris Gelken - Online ColumnistThe sudden resignation of Washington's top military officer in the Middle East is shrouded in claim, counter-claim and denial. Whatever the truth may be behind Admiral William Fallon's decision to quit as Central Com ...

Scarlett Keeling and the 'pathetic Goan police'

Sumantra Maitra - Calcutta, IndiaDetectives investigating the rape and killing of Scarlett Keeling are in a serious state of panic. At first they said her death was due to drowning. Then, after a second post mortem that revealed terrible vaginal injuries a ...

Gaza's descent into darkness

Chris GelkenImagine the absolute horror of seeing and feeling your child die in your arms of an easily preventable disease.The necessary drugs are just a few kilometers away, but for all that, they might as well be on the moon. Alternatively, make a mental ...

Is peace even on the agenda?

Chris Gelken Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has returned to Tehran after his landmark two-day visit to Iraq. Feted and warmly welcomed with military bands and honour guards on his arrival in Baghdad, it's hard to believe such a reception wo ...

Racist sweet wrapper image finally finished off

Deborah Hobson - EXCLUSIVEAnti-racists toasted the end of an era this week with the removal of a Black 'Sambo' image on an infamous Finnish sweet wrapper. The manufacturer Cloetta Fazer, the largest in northern Europe, stubbornly refused to remove ...

Obama should be proud of Hussein name

Juan ColeAttacks on Barack Obama's middle name have begun, but the likely Democratic nominee joins a long line of famous Americans with Semitic names, from President Benjamin Franklin to General Omar Bradley.In Cincinnati, Ohio, right-wing American bro ...

Castro brothers say 'Viva la revolucion'

Rory PorterCancel that Buena Vista Social Club gig in New York and put the McDonald's back in their containers on the Florida keys because the hated revolution - on an island less than a hundred miles away - is still alive and kicking. Fidel may have s ...

British Soldiers Killed Iraqi Prisoners 'in cold blood'

Lawyers have accused British soldiers of torturing and then executing up to 20 Iraqi prisoners. The damaging allegations feature in a BBC Panorama documentary on Monday.Army chiefs have fiercely denied the claims by solicitors acting for five Iraqi men who ...

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