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Moral victory for Jonathan; an acclaim for Nigeria

THERE was an undercurrent of you can’t pull it off in a number of newspaper headlines in U.S. press as Nigerians went to the polls to elect their president. Three examples will suffice, two of which were published on March 28. The Washington Post proclaimed that “The Nigerian presidential vote is extended amid glitches and fears of violence.” The Los Angeles Times published a story that was laced with some cynicism. Its intro stated that “After widespread failures of a new electronic voter ID system aimed at preventing ballot-rigging, Nigerian election officials extended voting through Sunday in a tightly contested presidential race that some worry will prove a prelude to violence.” And, an Associated Press story (March 29) informed the world that “Nigerians continue voting Sunday, after technical hitches and despite some extremist violence.”

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Road rage in America

Road Rage is an international phenomenon. If you have driven a car for any reasonable length of time, you may have encountered this form of rage on a number of occasions. It all begins when the person controlling the other car drives aggressively, leaving you in some form of danger. You honk your horn, and the other person responds in kind. Then, the altercation ensues.

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Letter to Iran, affront to White House

IN a space of one week, U.S. Republican law makers in Congress acted most disrespectfully to President Barack Obama in particular, and the White House in general. First, it was Speaker John Boehner’s undiplomatic snub when he unilaterally invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress, without the courtesy of informing the White House about the invitation.

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Politicking with National Security

THE primary outcome of the 9/11 attack in the U.S. by terrorists affiliated to al-Qaeda is the intensification of measures to keep Americans safe and secure. Since then, a number of security breaches have occurred, but the country has been relentlessly putting other measures in place to guarantee the safety of her citizens. The call from people in charge of keeping America secure is that the task is something that should involve everyone, because when the terrorists strike, they do not discriminate in the choice of their targets.

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Rudy Giuliani gets nasty with Obama

JUDGING by the energy Republicans deployed to opening up a number of battlefields against President Obama last week, you might have mistaken the entire scenario for an indication that the president had managed to convince Americans to give him a chance to run for a third term in office. They attacked from all angles, reenacting their plans and vituperations that did not deter Americans from voting twice to confirm Obama as their president.

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Power show in Washington D.C.

As I began to write this piece, Americans were feverishly expecting the giant clash of football titans in Arizona. It was the 49th SuperBowl competition, the ultimate forum to determine the true champions of American football. Two teams, the Seattle Seahawks (my favourite and defending champions) were about to slug it out with the New England Patriots, a team that has been dogged with controversy over tampering with the footballs they used in the knockout match that earned them a place in the SuperBowl.

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Like Romney, like Buhari?

MITT Romney has become a spectacle in U.S. politics. Twice he has made a bid for the coveted position of presidency, and twice have voters blocked his route to the White House. After the last attempt, Romney and his wife swore that running for the presidency was no longer on their political agenda. But of late, Romney has been crisscrossing the United States, waving the banner that indicates that he is once more serious about getting into the presidential race. Generally, American presidential elections do not bestow favours on previous losers in the same race. One of the exceptions was Richard Nixon who lost to J.F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential polls, but bounced back to become the 37th president of the United States from 1969 to 1974. He had to bow out in shame over the infamous Watergate scandal which showed that he had subverted the integrity of the presidency.

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CIA Torture Report

By Uche Onyebadi IT is not easy for any country to tell the world that it engages in some form of torture in breach of international conventions against inflicting brutality on other human beings in order to extract information from them for whatever reason. It is even more unlikely that a country would publicly do
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Police Brutality and Race Relations

THE hottest issue in the U.S. today arguably is police brutality and its impact on race relations. But, it is not a new topic. Like a dormant volcano, it was activated by the gruesome and apparently unconscionable killing of two African American men by white policemen. Even more infuriating was how the bodies of both men were recklessly allowed to lie in the streets, stripped of any form of human dignity or decency.

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