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Shinzo Abe, Statism, and the Future of Japan's Constitution

Written by Hiroshi Nomaki on Friday, 18 April 2014. Posted in Asia, World

American statists like to pretend the U.S. Constitution is a "living" document that changes on a whim. Now that dangerous statist fallacy has been brought to Japan.

Shinzo Abe, Statism, and the Future of Japan's Constitution

"What is a Constitution?" "What does a Constitution do?" And, "Who is it for?" Let's think about it once more.

German Interior Minister: US Spying is “Excessive” and "Boundless"

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Monday, 14 April 2014. Posted in Europe, World

In an interview with a leading German news magazine, the country’s interior minister says US surveillance is out of control.

German Interior Minister: US Spying is “Excessive” and

While Americans, distracted by the diversionary propaganda tactics of the mainstream media, have largely forgotten the outrageous spying campaign being conducted against them and the rest of the world by the federal security apparatus, the same can not be said for Europeans in general and Germans in particular.

Russia Approves Troop Deployment in Ukraine

on Saturday, 01 March 2014. Posted in Europe, World

In the next step toward war, Russian parliamentarians authorize use of force in Ukraine.

Russia Approves Troop Deployment in Ukraine

In a unanimous vote, Russia's Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian Parliament, gave unanimous consent to President Vladimir Putin's request to use armed forces in Ukraine.

John Kerry’s Foreign Policy: Warn the Russians the Ukraine Situation is not “Rocky IV”

on Thursday, 27 February 2014. Posted in Europe, World

Tensions are high between the United States and Russia over the situation in Ukraine in the wake of the ouster of Russia-backed President Viktor Yanukovych.

John Kerry’s Foreign Policy: Warn the Russians the Ukraine Situation is not “Rocky IV”

With anti-Russian forces having seized power in Ukraine, tensions in Russia over the situation are running high.

Russia ordered what CNN called “surprise military exercises on Ukraine’s doorstep” on Wednesday, as pro-Russian leaders in the Crimea organized ad-hoc “gangs” to defend against anti-Russian forces.

Violence Claims Another Celebrity in Venezuela: Boxer Antonio Cermeno Shot to Death

on Thursday, 27 February 2014. Posted in Americas, World

Former boxing champion found killed after kidnappers grab him, his wife and others in Caracas.

Violence Claims Another Celebrity in Venezuela: Boxer Antonio Cermeno Shot to Death

In the 1990s, boxer Antonio Cermeno was at the top of his sport. By the time he retired in 2006 he had a record in the ring of 45-7 and had twice won the world title, once as the WBA Super Bantamweight Champ and once as the WBA Featherweight Champ.

Ekiyor: Militancy, Terrorism Products of Corruption

Written by Emeka Umejei on Thursday, 05 December 2013. Posted in Africa, World

Nigerian scholar argues that militancy and terrorism in Nigeria stem from both corruption in government and economic instability.

Ekiyor: Militancy, Terrorism Products of Corruption

Corruption in every facet of the Nigerian state is the underlying factor that gave birth to militancy and terrorism in Nigeria, Dr. Chris Ekiyor, former president of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) and the transition committee Chairman of Patani Local government Council, told a Nigerian Colloquium at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Gorez: China-Africa Fisheries Agreements Not Transparent

Written by Emeka Umejei on Tuesday, 05 November 2013. Posted in Africa, Asia, World

Foreign fleets accessing African waters are landing large catches. But how large remains a question. Beatrice Gorez of the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Agreement describes the challenges this presents.

Gorez: China-Africa Fisheries Agreements Not Transparent

Beatrice Gorez is coordinator of the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Agreement (CFFA), a Brussels-based Pro-artisanal lobby group that champions sustainable fishery agreements in Africa. One of its recent achievements was the overwhelming endorsement by the EU-parliament of the EU-Mauritania Fisheries Partnership Agreements (FPA). Gorez spoke to Emeka Umejei, on the margins of a 2-day conference on the issues and the impact of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Law of Sea (UNCLOS) in Dakar, Senegal.

Fishery ‘Surplus’ Claim Hurting Biodiversity, Artisanal Fishing, say African Fishermen

Written by Emeka Umejei on Tuesday, 22 October 2013. Posted in Africa, World

African organizations and fishermen continue the effort to protect offshore fisheries resources and the rights of artisanal fishermen.

Fishery ‘Surplus’ Claim Hurting Biodiversity, Artisanal Fishing, say African Fishermen

The declaration of ‘surpluses’ in fishery resources by African governments is causing harm to biodiversity and marine resources, said African artisanal fishermen.

EU-Mauritania FPA, A Vote for Sustainable Fishing, say Fishermen, Civil Society

Written by Emeka Umejei on Monday, 14 October 2013. Posted in Africa, World

The EU- Mauritania Fisheries Protocol Agreement (FPA) is a vote for sustainable fishing by artisanal fishermen, but is opposed by European fishermen who want access to African waters.

EU-Mauritania FPA, A Vote for Sustainable Fishing, say Fishermen, Civil Society

The endorsement by an overwhelming majority of European Parliamentarians in favour of the EU- Mauritania Fisheries Protocol Agreement (FPA) is a vote for sustainable fishing, said Sidi Ahmed, President of Confederation of African Artisanal Fishermen Organisations (CAOPA), who is also President of Small Scale and Coastal Fisheries Section of the Mauritanian FPA.

Who's Who in Syria?

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Tuesday, 24 September 2013. Posted in Middle East, World

Rebel groups in Syria, often affiliated with al-Qaeda, are turning against each other while Christians in the war-torn nation are forced from their homes as they have been elsewhere in the Middle East.

Who's Who in Syria?

Rarely do Americans receive from the domestic mainstream press accurate information about the rebel groups fighting in Syria. According to reports from the Obama administration and buttressed by allied media groups, the faceless rebels are united in fighting a noble war against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. The real truth is that various rebel factions are engaged against the Assad regime while simultaneously fighting amongst themselves.

Why China’s ‘Infrastructure for Resources’ Failed in Nigeria

Written by Emeka Umejei on Saturday, 31 August 2013. Posted in Africa, Asia, World

China has been implementing an aggressive plan to acquire resources in Africa. Investigative reporter Emeka Umejei reports on the results in Nigeria.

Why China’s ‘Infrastructure for Resources’ Failed in Nigeria

I was on board the defunct Air Nigeria Airline to the Gambia for the Conference for African Ministers, Fisheries and Aquaculture (CAMFA) in 2010 when I encountered another Nigerian, who was alighting in Sierra Leone. We both boarded the aircraft in Lagos and soon, I began to chat to him about political developments in Nigeria. The young man, who identified himself as Ikechukwu told me he had lived in China for more than a decade and was involved in business. The moment he mentioned China, I got interested and pressed further. After regaling me with the wonders of China’s infrastructural development, he narrowed it down to his own venture in Nigeria.

Israel's Iron Dome Intercepts Rocket Attack

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Tuesday, 13 August 2013. Posted in Middle East, World

Terrorists launch attack against Eilat; residents report explosions.

Israel's Iron Dome Intercepts Rocket Attack

Shortly after midnight on August 13, warning sirens blared as rockets targeted the Israeli city of Eilat, the nation's southernmost city.

Supreme Court Ruling Disappointing - Sierra Leone’s Opposition Party

Written by Emeka Umejei on Monday, 17 June 2013. Posted in Africa, World

Opposition party in Sierra Leone criticizes the nation's Supreme Court over its handling of the November 2012 presidential elections.

Supreme Court Ruling Disappointing - Sierra Leone’s Opposition Party

Sierra Leone’s major Opposition party, The Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) has described the country’s Supreme Court decision to strike out its petition against the 17 November 2012 presidential election as disappointing.

Niger Delta Farmers: Dutch Court Ruling A Victory for Campaign Against Pollution

Written by Emeka Umejei on Thursday, 31 January 2013. Posted in Africa, World

NGO leader from the Niger Delta region says ruling establishes that Shell bears liability for environmental damage in the Niger Delta.

Niger Delta Farmers: Dutch Court Ruling A Victory for Campaign Against Pollution

Lagos, Nigeria -- The Dutch Court ruling on the allegations of pollution brought by four Niger Delta farmers against Shell in The Hague, The Netherlands is a victory for the campaign against pollution in the Niger Delta, Sunny Ofehe, Coordinator of the Rotterdam-based organization, Hope for Niger Delta Campaign (HNDC) in the Netherlands, said in a press statement seen by the Daily Independent.

Africa’s Artisanal Fishermen Tasks EU on Sustainable Fishing

Written by Emeka Umejei on Thursday, 24 January 2013. Posted in Africa, World

Protecting the rights of artisanal fishermen in West Africa and protecting the fishery itself, should be significant parts of a fishing agreement between Europe and Africa.

Africa’s Artisanal Fishermen Tasks EU on Sustainable Fishing

Transparency in the fisheries sector regarding both the use of the funds designated for the sector and licensing conditions, is a crucial issue to sustainable fishery, Sid'Ahmed Abeid, President of the artisanal section of the Mauritania National Federation of Fisheries said at the hearing on the EU-Mauritania fishing agreement protocol in Brussels recently.

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