In Syria and Nigeria, Trump faces the limits of American power

    President Trump, inspired by TV images of faraway suffering to launch missile strikes against Syria, may be about to discover a lesson that has confounded presidents for 25 years: American power can only do so much. That truth is also embedded in another set of disturbing images that Mr. Trump has not cited publicly: those from Nigeria’s conflict-torn northeast, where a very different crisis is drawing different American action toward different ends. Those two conflicts, in both their contrasts and commonalities, reveal something of the role that Mr.…

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Ezugwu: Successive govts’ve always neglected South-East

Chief Willy Ezugwu is the Secretary General of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP). He speaks, in this interview with FELIX NWANERI, on recent developments in the polity ahead of the 2019 general elections and some critical issues affecting the South-East What is your reaction to the recent release of the schedule for the 2019 general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), two years to the polls? The action of the electoral commission is condemnable, insensitive and a disservice to the country. Ordinarily, you will think that…

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StarTimes/HS Media take media buyers to live football theatre

There are football viewing centres scattered all around Nigerian cities but the StarTimes/HS Media partnership is taking football viewing to a different level on Saturday. And they are doing so with a great game every football fan would love to watch. It is the Der Klassiker as Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund – the two superpowers of German football – slug it out in a late kick off on Saturday. This is special package as the guests-Marketing and Brand Managers of Nigeria’s blue chip companies as well as the planners…

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Parable of democratic radicalism, extremism

Title: An Empty Kingdom Author: Ebi Robert Publisher: Bulkybon Books, Lagos, Nigeria. Year of Publication: 2015 Pages: 89 Reviewer: Ben Binebai, PhD “An Empty Kingdom” presents politics that surrounds succession to the throne of Egweama as its subject matter. It is a dramatic edifice structured into three Acts accommodating nine scenes, with front and back matters. The play is logically connected to a stream of narration which maintains the classical or Aristotelian cause- effect continuum tradition of dramatic creativity. Within these acts and scenes, the playwright constructs a linear plot…

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