At present, there are three main issues that affect the political environment of Afghanistan: the recent, abrupt change of command from General McChrystal to General Petraeus, the projected July 2011 troop withdrawal date, President Karzai’s reported communications with Haqqani Network leaders and the adverse impact of cutting funding due to corruption concerns.
This year, 2013, marks 50 years after Kenya’s Independence in 1963. This hub commemorates the Jubilee by highlighting the thoughts of the founding father of the nation on that day.
With college campuses across the country becoming the breeding grounds for anti-Semitism, I set out to sort fact from myth on this controversial conflict.
The Litani River basin in the southern part of Lebanon is, in addition to the Jordan River Basin, the most important water source in the region.
A guide to the meaning of different symbols in Northern Ireland - which are controversial and which represent all the people of Northern Ireland. Also, important advice for employers in Northern Ireland on the use of symbols in a shared workplace.
Meghan Markle was a commoner, but that changed when she married Prince Harry on May 19, 2018. She is now an official part of the royal family. She is the Duchess of Sussex, and her husband is the Duke of Sussex.
Complete instructions for how to make an appointment to renew or obtain a passport plus details about what to bring and how to prepare your application to save time and hassle.
When photographer Zsofi Bohm witnessed the plight of refugees in Budapest, she was inspired to create a photo series bringing the issue closer to home.
In recent times, the influence of the various loyal orders has diminished. However, membership of these secret societies, with their bizarre rituals, is still a significant phenomenon in the North of Ireland.
With threats from Kim-Jong-Un, the U.S. now has two large enemies to confront. It must fend off terrorism emanating from the Middle East as well as protect itself and the free world from North Korea.
The challenge of providing treatment in a country that previously lacked words for depressive and anxiety syndromes
Kim-Yong-Un has captured the media with his nuclear tests. Is he for real? Or is he a flash-in-the-pan?
With the Tories discussing Abolishment of the Scottish Parliament, possibly by statutory instrument, easy scenarios for Independence are becoming less likely.
The most controversial of all 9/11 memorials sits on the New Jersey shoreline of New York Harbor, just south of the Statue of Liberty. The site has an unobstructed view of the Manhattan skyline once dominated by the twin towers. Renowned Russian sculptor Zurab Tseretel created an extraordinary masterpiece as a gift to the people of the United States of America from the people of Russia. Originally calling it the "Tear of Grief," the artist suspended a forty-foot stainless steel teardrop within a
Why Does Iran Hate America? - The 1953 CIA coup that ousted a democratic government in Iran, the subsequent Iranian revolution, and the Iran-Iraq War have generated hate towards America.
Excessive rural to urban migration has led to negative impacts on African countries overall development as it has led to the growth of slums and unemployment. Here are some steps governments can take.
The Union Jack is one of the most recognisable on Earth. But where does this famous flag come from? How does it relate to the four home countries of the United Kingdom? And what is its future?
The purpose of this hub is to enable you to recognize the propagada techniques that are used . It gives examples of the various techniques and how to overcome them to form your own opinions.
The gifts the Tories seem to be giving to the Independence movement should be treated as traps. Economic NO voters should be targeted as potential YES voters.
Government, the Media, Non-Profits, and Business are under a cloud of suspicion across the world; the decline in trust of these organization is led in part by the propagation of fake news
With the rise of the ethno-supremacist far-right in Europe and North America, this article takes a critical look at its manifestation in the northeast of Ireland.
U.S. Presidents visit Berlin. They've done so to show solidarity to countries close to the Warsaw Pact. Is it still important? What do Berliners think of Presidential visits in the 21st century?
Fascism and National Socialism are often mistaken for being one and the same thing. Yes, these ideologies did have a lot in common, yet some of the differences are substantial.
The greatest Canadian story never told. If Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders disclose what investments they own, shouldn't Canadian MPs? Further, is the entire expense debate a 'straw man' argument?
The events in Europe this week have had our heads spinning as Britain seemingly tore up the E.U. Why did they do it? and how will it affect the rest of us?
Westminster may have to choose between Brexit and the Union but thinks Scotland too scared for independence. Labour and Tories show contempt for Scotland by denying the devolved assemblies Brexit vote
According to emerging studies, it has been reported that the sensationalist media coverage of terrorist acts has the tendency to trigger further attacks
The elite get what they want unless the people unite and stand up to them. Do Trump and other nationalist-themed movements across the world signal the beginning of the end of globalization?
Two years ago, an arbitral tribunal formed pursuant to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea issued a blockbuster award finding much of China’s conduct in the South China Sea in violation of international law.
Lopez Obrador’s victory is an important historical moment for Mexico, a country that was ruled by a single party, the PRI, for over 70 years. The majority of the Mexican population has chosen a new alternative. For the first time, Mexico’s presidency will go to a leftist candidate.
Rightfully proud and independent, the only democracy in the Middle East might be better off, should the time come, asking help from Asia rather than the West.
Unless you have lived under an oppressive government, it is hard to imagine the freedoms we take for granted are denied to others. There is not freedom of religion or the press in North Korea.
North Korea is not a country that immediately pops to mind when we think of sophistication or technology. Most people outside of the capital do not have electricity. (adsbygoogle = window.adsby
A Very British Jihad, published on Kindle in 2019, was a groundbreaking expose of state-sanctioned murder in the North of Ireland. These were dangerous times, not just for Republican activists or Catholics but for lawyers, journalists, and human rights campaigners.
Although his brother Raul has been running the show for the last several years, it's hard to imagine a Cuba without Fidel Castro.
Domestically and internationally, China continues to act as a miscreant. What should our approach be? Is a trade war the solution?
If you're not into history, you may not know much about Nelson Mandela. Here's a brief guide to tell you who he was, what he did, and why many consider him to be a truly remarkable man.
The European Union has come under increasing economic and political stress in recent years, for reasons such as the economic crash of 2008 and a massive increase in the number of asylum seekers.
A plea to the Conservative Party of Canada. My vote is up for grabs in 2019, and here's how you can get it. Will you rise to the occasion, and try to take it? I hope so.
I became aware as I drove home along Umbilo Road and bought, as I did every afternoon, my copy of the Daily News from a street vendor. Only when I got home and opened the newspaper did I start to get an inkling of just how different that day was.
There is daily news on the Syrian conflict and the ISIS forces fighting in Syria, but what was the actual cause of the conflict and what exactly is the motive of ISIS and the rebel forces?
The NHS is a political football that’s frequently dissed with bad press. The aim of this article is to dispel some of the myths and propaganda (much from the USA) and show the NHS for what it is.
With a coalition government a serious possibility, the role and impact of regional parties on both national politics and the direction the economy takes, will be significant.
The True Puppet Master, A globalist, an influencer..manipulative and crafty - pay attention and you'll see why the Democrats do what they are told to
An eyewitness under sworn testimony in the Senate testifies he witnessed the now President of the Philippines murder eight suspects.
Mandela Madiba Rolihlahla was not a mythic figure, but a real and live leader of our times. This is his path to greatness- from African leader, to prisoner and to President and icon Of South Africa
In 2013, Forbes Magazine said Russian President Vladimir Putin was the most powerful person in the world, and followed that up with three more similar acknowledgements.
The USA wants good relationships with all nations, and especially with Russia and China. Recent events call for all Americans to be better informed about those two countries, and what is at stake.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been demonized for many reasons. The media has feasted on many of his tirades yet failed to see beyond the words or zoom in on the actions he has done.
The conservatives plan was a simple one, they wanted to make the Liberal speakers appear inept and incompetent. They wanted the House of Commons cloaked in negativity in direct opposite of Justin Trudeau's commitment to sunny ways. How were they to enact this? A simple game of distraction.
A former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter are believed to have been poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent in Salisbury. Russia is currently being held accountable for these actions, but speculation continues to rise over how the poison was administered and how events unfolded.
Hong Kong is a special administrative region under the sovereign control of China. The 2019 protests in Hong Kong are mainly about democracy and the autonomy of Hong Kong.
Argentina has been marked by rising inflation, continuous blackouts, floodings, protests against the governments and strikes of public services. It has been getting harder for me living in Argentina and my life quality has degraded. This is an update of the current living conditions in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
This article will argue that whilst we appear to be experiencing a global swing to the right, it is only as a reaction to a more recent swing to the left, and that ultimately, the populus collectively
With Jeremy Corbyn gaining a convincing lead in the polls, there is hope at the end of a very dark tunnel.
Ever wondered why there's so much terrorism around? What feeds and sustains terrorism? Who is responsible, and what can we do to rid the world of terrorism? Read on to learn this and more.
The senior reporter has been released after being taken from his home in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan.
The British public blames the government for not controlling immigration. The Conservatives are blaming the previous Labour government and everyday more and more people are seeking visas and asylum.
This young politician did something so astounding that even I with my skeptical country attitude had to sit up and give credit where it was due. Justin Trudeau had to earn my respect and that was something that he certainly did
Brexit is like the mating of elephants but, like an elephant, is slowly but surely making Scottish Independence more certain. But the YES movement must learn to use the unionist tricks against them.
There are many things wrong with the world, and here are what I personally deem to be the 5 worst ones. The purpose of this hub is to inform people of these problems, using statistics and facts, and explaining where it is complicated. Watch out for...
The radio and other mass media enabled the Rwanda genocide in 1994. This essay looks at the situation and how different theories were applied to mobilize civilians to become the perpetrators.
Ireland's political murals largely reflect a culture born of resistance and anti-imperialism in Irish Republican working-class areas. Loyalist murals stress their sense of Britishness and fealty to an empire of old. Mural tours are increasingly popular, attracting thousands of visitors every year.
Irish Republican flags are potent symbols of resistance and patriotism in what has become history's oldest occupation. At various times in Ireland's history, many of these flags and emblems have been banned, such were their revolutionary significance.
North Korea has not been able to overcome the great famine which occurred over 30 years ago. The population has continued to suffer from malnutrition ever since. Somehow, despite the lack of food in the rural areas, the elite continue to live in a land of plenty.
For many of us, 9/11 changed our lives. From it came changes in policy. America lost its liberties and pursued wars of aggression despite the lack of WMDs in Iraq. There have been many lies surrounding this event. This article only touches on some of the more important issues.
Terrorism will continue when we provide a reason to keep it alive and well. With a war in Syria, and bombing Yemen, Libya, and others, it leaves many young people in a place with no hope.
It is human nature to assume that everyone sees you in the same light that you see yourself. It can come as quite a shock when there is a difference between these two perceptions. America's international standing appears to be one such area and...
Resources for menstrual health and hygiene are often neglected in some developing countries. Why is there a lack of menstrual health education, and why does it matter?
Tweet analysis predicted the US election & the 2015 UK Election. Data driven messages helped Trump. Data Science threatens Democracy and a second Independence Referendum
On Thursday 23rd June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. This article gives the author's first impressions of the referendum campaign, and the aftermath of the result
Haiti has long been rated one of the worst countries in the world for human trafficking, and was in the top three in the US State Department's own 2016 report.
Margaret Thatcher the first female prime minister of Britain, was a controversial leader of a conservative ideology during her time in office.
Voting in local and national elections is a must for some citizens, but for others it is something that's best left ignored!
Give them enough rope, and they might just hang themselves. Or how Theresa May is setting Brexiteers in her cabinet and Nicola Sturgeon up for failure.
An in-depth look at the French citizenship process from the basic requirements to all the necessary paperwork. Prepare yourself by learning the steps to become a French citizen outlined in this guide.
This article explores whether or not the Russian Federation represents a true democracy through an analysis of its past thirty-year history.
As an expat living and working in Saudi Arabia, I want to give you the real truth about working in the Kingdom. What are the rules and laws that you must follow if you are going to work here?
Notification for pay revision of university and college teachers is released following 7th CPC recommendations to CG employees
Britain faces it's biggest challenge since the end of WW2. Should the UK leave the EU and move into the EEA? What challenges and benefits come with this?
Affordable housing in Kenya has become a national issue with a standing deficit of 250,000 units. Real estate has grown more in the upscale market leaving huge gaps for low-cost houses.The Kenyan government came up with the big four agenda, with affordable housing as one of its pillars.
After the Supreme Court nullified President Kenyatta's win for a 2nd term, the country is faced with challenges never experienced before as his opponent, Odinga doesn't want to accept defeat.
This blog is about the life of a refugee in our modern times and the effects and consequences of the deportation of immigrants.
Nuclear power does not add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere but it comes with a unique set of its own hazards.
Paul Manafort, Vladimir Putin and Viktor Yanukovych all walk into a bar and Donald J. Trump becomes President of the United States in 2016. Is this the future American voters’ desire?
We live in an age when those who are supposed to be examples of sound moral character turn out to have feet of clay; perhaps this was always so.
The article speaks about the various initiatives Venezuela took to gain regional dominance in the Carribean and whether or not America was challenged by it
As we near the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death, we look back at the burning questions about her death that remain unanswered.
The hijack story that exposes the weak diplomacy and goof-ups in the fight against terrorism, leaving behind some crucial unanswered questions!
Not only will Trump have to deal with a nearly-nuclear armed Iran in the Middle East, he will also have to grapple with rising China looking for territory in the sea and a nuclear-armed North Korea.
The One Child policy of China has led to selective abortion, killing, and dumping of girl children. It has severely skewed the sex ration and left over 30 million men without women for marriage.
Hillary Clinton cannot be trusted to usher in an era of peace and prosperity. She has promised to start World War III with Russia while Donald Trump has promised a warming of relations with Putin.
Benjamin Fulford is a very controversial conspiracy theorist who interviewed David Rockefeller and also worked for Forbes magazine.
Brendan Hughes, the urban guerilla fighter, the prison escaper, the hunger striker, the IRA intelligence officer who bugged the British Army's HQ and later evened-up Republican firepower with his introduction of the Armalite into IRA arsenals, will never be forgotten.
Canadian investors are voicing concerns about northern Ontario CEO Paul Antoniazzi. MP Charlie Angus speaks out on Gerald Stanley acquittal. Plus, use of force down by Sudbury Police.
Those cynics who perpetually sneer, “If libertarianism is such a good idea why aren't there any libertarian countries?” will find their answer in this article.
Leading figures on both sides of the Brexit debate were entirely uninterested in the issue in the long years before the referendum, so why don't they stop pretending they have real principles, put personal ambition aside, and agree on a very British compromise?
Sure, he's a good looking guy; definitely a Renaissance man of sorts, but can we take him seriously?
Could there be a connection between the questionable shares of some Canadian companies and the nation's crisis with missing and murdered Indigenous women?
Many people are quite confused about President PNoy's intentions as he seems to be sending mixed signals regarding Freedom of Information Act.
The Unionist civil wars over Brexit may destroy the Rainbow Tory parties. If the YES movement resolves Oil, Currency, Pensions and fights the Tories for Human Rights we can start campaigning.
The Syrian crisis is entering its eighth year and the current situation signifies no sooner ending. The loss of human lives, the destruction of Syria and the complete demolition of Syrian infrastructure are horrible. It signifies that Assad and foreign powers have no urgency in preventing more loss.
Machine translation is not a purely technical issue with European Union translation, but instead it is closely linked to political visions and strategies.
Can the two groups try to merge their two claims into one? Can the two states become a single, peacefully and mutually agreed upon state?
Breaking tradition of vetoing any anti-Israeli resolutions to be proposed at the UN, exiting President Barack Obama stuck a knife in the back of one of the US's closest of allies. Let's take a look.
Just like any 30-year old who inherits the family business, controls some nukes and has a bad haircut.
Macron's meteoric rise, which saw him become France's youngest leader since Napoleon, has drawn comparisons to the most famous French leader in history.
Central America has been abused both by Spain during colonial times and later by the United States. This article provides the reader with a brief look at what has occurred in the past.
I've long avoided watching Black Hawk Down. I hate war. I hate movies about war,particularly movies that glorify war. I had just spent several weeks in research preparing to write a paper on the tragedy of Somalia, so this time, given the opportunity I watched it.
Corruption is the biggest challenge faced by Nigerians today. Every citizen of Nigeria is aware of the level of the high level of corruption in the country.
Canadians are a proud group of people, and why not? There are many things to be proud of. Here is a list of my Top-Ten Canadian Contributions to the American way of life.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his posse tabled important legislation to focus on making beer available in convenience stores. With apologies to 1990s exercise guru Susan Powter for acquiring her mantra, Ford Nation needs to "stop the insanity."
More than one Canadian stock trader suspects that the brother of Kirkland Lake Mayor Tony Antoniazzi, Paul, the CEO of Opawica Explorations and RT Minerals, is hyping stocks on Twitter using aliases.
The Taliban is a heartless and ruthless terrorist organization that operates in Afghanistan and Pakistan. These are the ten most distressing facts about the Taliban.
Premier Ford's use of the notwithstanding clause smacks of bullying, but it's really (probably) sour grapes.
With vast human and natural resources, Cuba could develop quickly and end decades of a jagged economy. The unhatched potential hinges on the new government's policy.
Whether you agree or disagree that the world's democracies are in need of reform, you will enjoy these out of the box ideas for creating a different type of democracy.
Is Theresa May using Brexit in her war on Human Rights. If so will she repatriate powers over Human Rights to Westminster or dissolve Holyrood and will this accelerate Scottish Independence?
Personal view from my experiences of Americans online, where their lack of knowledge and understanding of the British Social and Political ethos leads to fears and misconceptions.
When economic and geopolitical interests collide, the end game generally leads to the negotiating table.
Kerala, a tiny state in south India, achieved demographic transition solely based on human development. It has left Western scholars confused who want to correlate everything with economic growth.
This article explain the political process involved in the change in Singapore from a underdeveloped country to an industrious one. It tells how their prime minister Lee Kuan Yew successfully transformed this small island nation.
Scotland will eventually become independent but careless action by advocates of independence could delay it for generations. A degree of ruthlessness and self examination is needed by the YES movement
A case in comparison analysis of how Argentina and Chile after transitioning to democracy dealt with the politics of reconciliation with society as a whole, and how they were able to move forward.
An analysis of James Connolly, the Irish Republican leader of the 1916 Easter Rising, the Marxist revolutionary and Trades Union Organizer.
An unreported submission to the Supreme Court may compromise both English and Scottish constitutions and negate the Royal Prerogative and Brexit is threatened by an unexpected resignation.
A former Soviet spy became a double agent and criticized Vladimir Putin; he paid for this with his life.
Middle Eastern politics has changed throughout history due to external influences pulling the cultures in new directions and internal turmoil.
Brexit and the US Presidential election result have been linked together as anti-establishment protest votes. But is that really the case? What are the similarities and what really motivated Brexit?
'The peace that was never achieved, irrespective of the intentions.' A candid take on the most prestigious, yet most controversial honour in the world.
Today many Countries of the world are in politics but the differences between their politics is that during elections, some use the Secret Ballot System while others use Open Ballot system. The differences between them have a great effect even to...
How religious divide becomes an effective political tool and propaganda machinery? An insight into one such tragic incident of communal violence in India.
MOATS is an acronym for the Mother Of All Talk Shows, the popular, though often controversial talk show hosted by George Galloway since 2006. It is now back on air and accessible via a variety of different platforms.
The UK will vote in June to see whether or not to stay in the European Union, but the lines are being blurred by those for and against. So who's lying? who should we trust? The answer is none of them.
Most people would agree that humans rights need to be protected, but are we always clear about what counts as a violation of them?
Strategic voting occurs when a person chooses to vote against their preferred candidate in an attempt to keep a less desirable choice from attaining office. People participate because they feel it will increases the odds of a party with their preferred principles and policies winning that seat.
Robert Mugabe is well-known for his utterances which has turned him into an icon as regards to his funny, dumb and satirical quotes. This hub article lists his funniest ones.
Tory resistance to an Independence referendum may not be what it seems. A referendum is neither necessary nor sufficient for independence which can be declared legally without a referendum.
Global fears of World War III have spiked since the election of Donald Trump. Here are 3 reasons why WWIII could start in the Baltic states.
An opinion piece of the former Philippines President Corazon C. Aquino’s speech given to the United States Congress in September 1986.
Barzan Hussein Liani was detained without charge by the de facto ruling Kurdish Democratic Party Union (PYD) in the Syrian Rojava region, on May 13th.
This story could not happen here. It shows what can happen when an incompetent, ego driven, uncaring and callous government has complete control
Muammar Gaddafi was labelled as a 'tyrant', a 'terrorist' and a 'dictator', but was he really a bad leader of Libya? Even though there was no democracy in Libya, the facts about Libya and Gaddafi
New Zealand return soldier being held in Casuarina Prison, in Western Australia, despite having committed no crime. Ko is being held without charge at the leisure of Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.
Abolishing the Scottish Parliament has political advantages for Westminster and Theresa May since a second Independence Referendum NO vote is uncertain and Labour are a useless ally
The Philippine President campaigned on a promise that "the fish will grow fat" from the thousands that he promised to kill during his presidency. Who are the Filipinos who support him?
In the new Presidency, many of the past policies will play a part going forward. A review of intervention expense in other countries explains much of the national debt now standing at $18.8 Trillion.
Ex-Baathists have influenced the success and the current structure and character of the Islamic State.
While we celebrate the triumphant landing of robot rovers on Mars, let's pause to remember Laika the dog, first living creature from Earth to reach outer space, and her tragic story.
Even though tourists in North Korea are warned they should behave exactly as they are expected to, some still fail to follow the rule, sometimes leading to tragic consequences.
From its humble beginnings, the United Arab Emirates has progressed tremendously within just half a century. This articles reviews briefly where it has been and where it is going.
Brexit - A look at whether the referendum result is essentially the United Kingdom committing harakiri by leaving the European Union and entering post Brexit chaos.
From the merger of the German chemical company Bayer and the US breeder Monsanto seed germinates a superpower in the field of seeds and pesticides. Together they control a quarter of the world market.
What will be the political consequences of Article 370? This is my take on what it means for Kashmir's inhabitants.
Ontario premier Doug Ford warns teachers not to strike, moves to merge 59 ambulance services into 10 while promising there will be the same number of paramedics. We're in trouble.
On June 24 in Ho Chi Minh City, blogger Pham Minh Hoang was deported and forced onto a plane to Paris after he was stripped of his citizenship.
It's untrue that the non-aggression meaning of libertarianism exists only in the United States. In fact the "NAP" definition continues to spread around the world...