Editorial

Keep an eye out for the coronavirus.

By Charles Opara Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an understandable and unstoppable desire for normalcy. However, in order to limit COVID-19’s spread, more than the methods used so far at high-profile events in 2022 are required. The recent return of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, which was staged not long after

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Editorial

Seattle eviction protections are balanced by a court ruling.

By Charles Opara Evictions are costly and disruptive. They can start a person’s or family’s downward spiral to housing instability and homelessness. But a Seattle ordinance that allows renters to stave off eviction based only on their own declaration of financial hardship is sloppy policy that unfairly burdens property owners. The Washington State Court of

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Editorial

Amnesty International investigates how Nigerian security forces killed 150 Biafra protesters

By Charles Opara Amnesty International (AI) has released a new report detailing how extrajudicial executions and torture by Nigerian security forces, particularly the Nigerian Army, resulted in the deaths of at least 150 Biafra protesters across Nigeria’s south-east. The report, titled “Bullets Were Raining Everywhere”: Deadly Repression of Biafra Activists, was released on Thursday and

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Biafra: Nigeria’s secessionist state

By Charles Opara Biafra is a secessionist western African state that declared its independence from Nigeria unilaterally in May 1967. It was the former Eastern Region of Nigeria and was primarily inhabited by Igbo (Ibo) people. Biafra as an independent state ceased to exist in January 1970. Nigerian public life was characterized by economic and

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Interruption of Chronological Sequence of Biafran War

By Charles Opara The deaths of more than a million people in Biafra as a result of the brutal civil war which ended exactly 50 years ago are a scar on the Biafran history. For most Nigerians, the war over the breakaway state of Biafra is generally regarded as an unfortunate episode best forgotten, but

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