Army dissociates self from the ill-famed exercise code-named “Operation Positive Identification”

The purported exercise, which would require Nigerians to show proof of their citizenship to soldiers, had received heavy criticism from different quarters. But, the army in a fresh statement denied the operation saying that the report emanated from a fictitious group, Bricks company, which has nothing to do with the Army.   The statement which was…

RUGA: Give us land, if you want peace in your state – Fulani Herdsmen to Governors

The National President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore socio-cultural organisation, Abdullahi Bodejo has boldly declared that any Governor who desires peace to reign in his state, must provide lands for cattle grazing with basic amenities to sustain the herdsmen.   Abdullahi made this declaration while speaking with newsmen during an interview. Abdullahi said so many…

A 10-Minute Trial, a Death Sentence: Iraqi Justice for ISIS Suspects

A 10-Minute Trial, a Death Sentence: Iraqi Justice for ISIS Suspects Photo People fleeing clashes between Iraqi security forces and the Islamic State in Mosul last year. Iraq captured thousands of fighters, functionaries and their families in the battle with the Islamic State. Credit Ivor Prickett for The New York Times BAGHDAD — The 42-year-old housewife had two minutes to defend herself against charges of supporting the Islamic State.
Amina Hassan, a Turkish woman in a flowing black abaya, told the Iraqi judge that she and her family had entered Syria and Iraq illegally and lived in the Islamic State’s so-called caliphate for more than two years. But, she added: “I never took money from Islamic State. I brought my own money from Turkey.”
The whole trial lasted 10 minutes before the judge sentenced her to death by hanging.
Another accused Turkish woman entered the courtroom. Then another, and another.
Within two hours, 14 women had been tried, convicted and sentenced to die.
Iraq’s ju..

Fight Over Values Risks a ‘European Civil War,’ Macron Says

Fight Over Values Risks a ‘European Civil War,’ Macron Says Photo President Emmanuel Macron of France told the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday that Europeans must turn away from “selfish nationalism.” Credit Vincent Kessler/Reuters BRUSSELS — Emmanuel Macron, who beat back the far-right National Front to win the French presidency, said on Tuesday that there was “an increasing fascination with illiberalism” in Europe and that divisions over values within the European Union were like “a European civil war.”
Speaking after the re-election this month in Hungary of Viktor Orban, the professed champion of “illiberal democracy,” and moves against the judiciary in Poland, Mr. Macron said that Europe was in a battle between the liberal democracy that shaped its postwar vision and a new populist authoritarianism that brushes aside dissents and cares little about the rule of law.
Europeans must turn away from “selfish nationalism,” he told the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Franc..