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February 22, 2017

Trump’s travel ban isn’t Islamophobic – UAE Foreign Minister

The United Arab Emirates’ foreign minister said President Donald Trump’s recent order barring citizens from seven countries to enter the country isn’t Islamophobic and doesn’t target a single religion. The order, which some media outlets have called a “Muslim ban,” isn’t actually that, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan told Al Jazeera TV. “The United States has taken a decision that is within the American sovereign decision,” he said in Abu Dhabi, the Muslim-majority country’s capital. “There are attempts to give the impression that this decision is directed against a particular religion, but what proves this talk to be incorrect…

Trump orders Removal of Islamic symbols & practices in White House

Obama was seen storming away from the West Wing after staffers from Donald Trump’s transition team began preparing the Executive offices for the new administration. On Trump’s orders, one of Obama’s most secretive rituals is being reversed and all signs of it removed from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. For the past 8 years, to appease any Muslims working at or visiting the White House, silence has been ordered during the 5 times of Islamic prayer each day. In addition, prayer rugs and crescent moon symbols are available in several areas of the executive mansion to make Muslims more comfortable. The administration…

Nigeria deeply divided …says UN report

Released by the United Nations, UN, on Nigeria’s Common Country Analysis, CCA, has revealed a deeply divided society on the basis of the plurality of ethnic, religious and regional identities that had tended to define the country’s political existence. The report also painted a gloomy picture, with most of the development and social indices in the country registering at levels unacceptable. The report, which was read during a consultative meeting on the formulation of the UN Development Assistance Framework IV (UNDAF IV) for the South East geo-political zone in Awka observed that for decades, different segments of Nigeria’s population had,…

Ekweremadu writes UN, US Congress, UK, EU, others; says Nigeria’s democracy in grave danger

— ABUJA BARELY 24 hours after the arraignment of Senate President, Bukola Saraki; his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and others for alleged forgery of 2015 Senate Standing Rules in an Abuja High Court, Ekweremadu has taken his case outside the shores of Nigeria. He called for intervention of the United Nations, Us Congress, United Kingdom, European Union Parliament and foreign missions, saying a powerful institution as the National Assembly was being ridiculed and rubbished by President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. But the Presidency in a swift reaction, said it would not bandy words with the Deputy Senate President. Also, the office…

Pope Francis speaks to the roots of terror in African visit

In his first full day in Africa, Pope Francis spoke to the many millions reeling from a string of terrorist attacks, condemning the way young people have been “radicalized in the name of religion to sow discord and fear.” That message — like the rest of his comments here on Thursday — spoke to both global and local concerns, shifting between lamentations for a perilous time, globally, in history and the threats facing Kenya as its economic and geopolitical strength grows. Francis has described the amalgam of conflicts pervading the globe as a “piecemeal” Third World War, and on this…

The Need to Check the Recurring Deaths of African Youths in the Mediterranean Sea and Sahara Desert

  It is no longer news that young Africans who are escaping from their countries, to Europe and other continents drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. A few months ago 300 young Africans were reported to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. Three weeks later another two hundred also perished near the Island of Malta. Recently, bodies of seventy-one others were found in a lorry in Austria while some two hundred other were feared dead after two boats sank, off the coast of Libya. The Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr. Ban KiMoon has called for a collective response to avert…

Vatican welcomes Iran’s historic nuclear deal

  The Holy See welcomed Iran’s historic nuclear deal and expressed hopes that more future breakthroughs be on the horizon on other issues. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said that “the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program is viewed in a positive light by the Holy See.” “It constitutes an important outcome of the negotiations carried out so far, although continued efforts and commitment on the part of all involved will be necessary in order for it to bear fruit,” he said in a written statement in response to reporters’ questions July 14. “It is hoped that those fruits…

Remember Christians of Mosul (Iraq) in Prayer- Pope Francis

-U.N. Sec. Gen. Condemns Persecution of Mosul Christians The “religious cleansing” of Christians and other religious minorities from the Iraqi city of Mosul has brought widespread condemnation, but so far mostly silence from Western political leaders. For the first time in 1,800 years, the city is devoid of Christians after the last families fled the city on Saturday 19th July, ahead of an ultimatum by occupying Islamist militants(ISIS), that Christians in Mosul must either convert to Islam pay a tax, leave, or face execution in the coming days. Many of them were stripped of their possessions as they fled to…

Israel-Gaza ceasefire deal fails to Stick

Israel’s foreign minister and Hamas have denied earlier reports of a truce deal to end fighting in Gaza between Israel and Palestinian militants. Some 227 Palestinians and one Israeli have died in nine days of conflict. Israel launched its Operation Protective Edge with the stated objective of halting Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel. However, the United Nations says most of those killed in Gaza have been civilians. Israel accuses Hamas of hiding its military infrastructure within the civilian population. On Thursday, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees said it had found 20 rockets hidden in one of…

Holy See Reminds UN that Family is Good for Individuals

The family “continually exhibits a vigour much greater than that of the many forces that have tried to eliminate it as a relic of the past, or an obstacle to the emancipation of the individual, or to the creation of a freer, egalitarian and happy society” Here is the address given by Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, at the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council on Item No. 8- General Debate in Geneva on Tuesday, 24 June 2014. Mr. President, My Delegation supports the importance…

Ahiazu Mbaise marks low-key Children’s Day

Hon. Victor Iheanacho, the Interim Management Committee Chairman of Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, ensured that the 2014 edition of the Children’s Day celebration was low-keyed. As mark of solidarity with the abducted school girls at Chibok Government Secondary School, Borno State, Hon. Iheanacho organized the celebration without fanfare, pomp and pageantry. There were no canopies provided at Chioma Ajunwa Stadium adjacent to Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Council Secretariat. Most of the 56 participating schools displayed placards in protest against the abduction of the school girls. The inscriptions on some of the placards include: “Free our Sisters…

At UN panel, Holy See urges civil Prosecution for torture

All individuals who commit torture and abuse must face prosecution from legitimate government authorities, a Holy See delegation has told a U.N. committee on a global anti-torture convention. “The Holy See wishes to reiterate that the persons who live in a particular country are under the jurisdiction of the legitimate authorities of that country and are thus subject to the domestic law and the consequences contained therein,” Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, head of the Holy See’s Permanent Observer mission to the United Nations in Geneva, said May 5. “State authorities are obligated to protect, and when necessary, prosecute persons under their…

International Pro-Abortion Agenda Not Advanced for 20 Years – Pro-Life Leader

 ” But C-FAM Director Warns Anti-Life Forces Still Control UN Institutions ” The abortion movement is no nearer to gaining an international right to abortion than they were 20 years ago, and any slight gains they have made have faded, according to the leader of a prominent pro-life group. Austin Ruse, the founding director of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), said Jan. 2 that pro-abortion forces have spent “hundreds of millions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of man-hours” over the past twenty years and yet they have “not advanced their agenda even a single syllable past…

Why Nigeria gained Int’l Support for UN Security Council Seat – Onwuliri

The acting minister for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Viola Onwuliri, Sunday, Oct. 20, said that the international community threw its weight behind Nigeria to get the non-permanent seat allocated for the West African region on the United Nations Security Council as a result of the country’s efforts on the United Nations peacekeeping efforts.   Speaking during a media parley at the Nigerian House in New York, Mrs Onwuliri added that the African Union (AU), and the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) as well declared their supports for Nigeria before and during the last Thursday’s election to the United Nations…

Africans Reject Homosexual Agenda at UN Conference

Late Friday, October 11, the last day of the final meeting in a series of UN conferences, African officials rejected attempts by UN and sexual rights activists to promote homosexuality and abortion. The UN conference to draft a development agenda for Africa concluded in a fierce clash between regional values and the “progressive” norms pushed by UN agencies on controversial issues such as abortion and sexual orientation. The African leaders appeared prepared for the meeting in Ethiopia to spurn vague phrases lobbied for by sexual rights activists. In a press release, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) noted…