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Germany. Centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have edged into the lead over Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives in national elections, according to projected results, as its leader Olaf Scholz claimed a “clear mandate” for the party to form the government for the first time since 2005. The showing was the worst by the CDU in 70 years.
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Chimamanda Speaks Truth to Power
The Story Celebrated Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie, has added her voice to the call on European nations in possession of African historic artifacts to return them to their home countries.
Aren't these artefacts being returned already? There are talks on getting some of these artefacts to be returned to their original owners. Germany had earlier agreed to return “substantial” numbers of the looted Benin kingdom bronzes to Nigeria. Adichie, who admitted that not all such artefacts may be returned, said; “This decision is not only about the Humboldt forum, it is about museums all over the world in France, in the Vatican, in Britain. I must acknowledge that Germany is the first of the powerful European nations that have made the gesture towards returning the Benin bronzes.”
Disrespect of the original owners Speaking on Thursday at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin, the author said some of the artifacts are sacred and “speak to the dignity of the people, to their world view and to their aspirations.” According to Chimamanda, it is “condescending” for European countries to say they can’t return the artifacts because they think African nations can’t take care of them. “It does not matter whether Africans, Asians or Latin America can take care of art stolen from them, what matters is that it is theirs", the author said.
“Obviously, I don’t think everything should be sent back to the countries of which they came, not everything was stolen but those things that are sacred, those things for whom people were killed, those things that have in them the stains of innocent blood should be returned", she insisted. SOURCE
A Swipe Over UNGA
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The Story The minority caucus in the House of Representatives has berated President Muhammadu Buhari over his speech at the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
What did the president say in the speech? President Buhari had listed the gains made by his administration in various sectors of the economy overtime. The government's handling of the pandemic was of significant mention. "....from a mere four laboratories with testing and detection capacities, we ramped up the facilities to over 140 centres today", the president said. Speaking on his administration's success in fighting terrorism and other violent crimes, Buhari reiterated that "we must deal not only with the symptoms of conflict but also the immediate causes that fuel conflicts in the first place".
What did the Reps caucus have against that? The caucus said it was in complete disagreement with the “ugly reality of the failures of his administration, as well as the economic, security and social ruins that have confronted the nation under his watch.” A statement made by the caucus’ leader, Ndidu Elumelu, described the president’s speech as a great disservice to the nation by not presenting the true picture of affairs in the country. Elumelu said the caucus was depressed that the President’s speech did not reflect on the kidnapping and killing of students and school children in Nigeria.
“The human rights violations, corruption and incompetence in his administration; the excruciating hardship, escalated insecurity, national divisiveness and infrastructural decay under his watch, thereby blocking avenues for desired intervention in our various ailing sectors are some of the issues the caucus is worried about", the statement read. SOURCE
Done With Diplomacy
The Story United States Ambassador Daniel Foote has resigned his position as Special Envoy for Haiti.
What's his reason for that? Foote, a career foreign service member, said in his resignation letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken that he "will not be associated with the United States' inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees" from the U.S.-Mexico border back to a country controlled by armed gangs.
Why not advise the government on an alternative approach? Furthermore, he stated, "Our policy approach to Haiti remains deeply flawed and my recommendations have been ignored and dismissed...." Foote called Haiti a "collapsed state... unable to provide security or basic services," and the "forced infusion of thousands of returned migrants lacking food, shelter and funds" simply fuels further desperation and crime.
What's the White House saying? Contrary to Foote's claim, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that Foote "never once" raised concerns about migration during his tenure before his departure. "I would note that Special Envoy Foote had ample chance to raise concerns about migration during his tenure. He never once did so", Psaki said. Haiti has been in turmoil since its President, Jovenel Moïse, was assassinated in his private residence in the capital, Port-au-Prince, on 7 July.
Things got worse in August after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the Tiburon Peninsula in the Caribbean nation, killing more than 2000 people, and leaving thousands more in need of assistance. The Biden administration has come under fire after horse riding US immigration officers were reported whipping Haitian immigrants at the US border, to deter them from entering the US. SOURCE
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UN Pop Quiz
The 76th session of the UN General Assembly ends on Thursday in New York City. Here are 4 rapid-fire questions that test your knowledge of the organization.
1. Name 3 of the 6 official UN languages. 2. What is the leader of the UN called? 3. Which country was most recently added as a member state? 4. Name the five countries that are permanent members of the UN Security Council.
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Are there any real examples of Stockholm Syndrome?
25-year-old Mary McElroy was taking a bath when she was abducted by four men.
The men broke into the house with a shotgun and waited for Mary to get dressed, before taking her to an old farmhouse and chaining her to a wall in the basement.
Her father was a rich man — a goldmine for ransom fund! The men settled for $30,000 for Mary’s release. She left unharmed.
Three of the men were captured a month later and sent to trial. However, Mary said that she was well cared for during the 29 hours in capitivity. One of the men apparently gave her flowers.
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She was riddled with guilt, and publicly sympathized with the abductors, so much so that she asked for the sentence to be reversed! SOURCE
1. The 6 official languages are: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish