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Our Big Brother, who hath in Washington

THE United States, US,  on May 21, rolled out sanctions against Iran, a move that may  return the world to the nuclear race. On May 8, 2018, against pleadings from its European allies, peace ambassadors and people of goodwill across the globe, President Donald Trump had unilaterally abrogated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iran Nuclear Deal.

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Politics without values

THE spokesperson of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi and that of the main opposition People’s Democratic Party,  PDP,  Mr. Kola Ologbodiyan, last week had a lively debate on television. Both were polite and civil, befitting the Gentlemen of the Press. The debates had little to do with principles, ideologies and programmes; perhaps because there are no fundamental differences. Rather, they   centred more on superficial differences such as, in the wake of the violent Ward Congresses of the APC, which party has a history of more violence? Was the invasion and destruction of the Rivers State courts a purely APC affair or was the opposition PDP also involved? There were also debates whether both parties were organically formed or established by different coalitions.

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Banning codeine in APC

FOLLOWING a codeine-propelled high drug addiction problem, the Federal Government in a swift reaction, banned the production and importation of codeine-containing cough syrup. The syrup usually taken by millions of youths who mix it with soft drinks,  alcohol or illegal drugs, leads to physical and mental reliance on the drug and can be fatal.

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Cubans: Poor people, living rich lives

ONLY a few songs had the kind of impact, Coat of Many Colours, the October, 1971 song by Dolly Paton, had on me. It talked about a poor kid whose parents could not afford  to buy her a  coat “way down in the fall’ and how her mother made her  a coat from a box of rags “sewing every piece with love” while telling her the Biblical coat of many colours Joseph wore. She sang that “Although we had no money, I was rich as I could be.”

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