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Family Planning

In Africa and many third world countries, family planning can be a big challenge. Disccusion of sex or sex-related topics openly in this part of the world can be a taboo. On the other hand, sex education is not only a normal discourse in the West, it is indeed an important part of the school curriculum. Furthermore, women and girls in the Western world have a human right to decide if and when to become pregnant. Sadly, statistics have…

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World Cup Final Draw: Nigeria, Argentina in the Same Group

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have drawn Argentina once again in the World Cup. And the teams will be meeting for the fifth time in a World Cup final with the Argentineans winning all previous four encounters. The other countries in Group D are Croatia and Iceland. The Eagles will be playing their opening game against Croatia. The ceremony held at the state Kremlin Palace in Moscow on Friday. Nigeria had met Argentina in four previous editions of the tournament and…

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FIFA World Cup: All Set for a Colourful Draw Session in Russia

Friday’s Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is set to improve upon whatever has been done previously in the final draws for the past 20 championships. For a start, the draw ceremony is being held inside the State Kremlin Palace – the Parliament of the Russian Federation, which served the same purpose when the country was a much bigger, more intimidating Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). It is a long way from 1934, when the…

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Dowry: Which Way Forward?

Dowry, which is extensively practiced in Africa, is a payment made by the groom to the family of the bride while seeking her hands in marriage. In the Southern part of Africa, it is called “lobola.” While it is known as, “Mahari” or “wine-carrying” in the East and West Africa respectively. Dowry is not limited to Africa; it is practised globally. While some have argued that dowry is part of our tradition, handed over to us by our forefathers; therefore, according to this group, we must keep the tradition. Others believe that traditions…

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Statement of ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we are once again reminded that despite widespread condemnation and growing efforts to eliminate it, abhorrent acts of violence continue to be a reality for countless women and girls throughout the world. Particularly vulnerable in times of conflict, women and girls are too often the victims of egregious sexual crimes. Moreover, while the horrors and suffering of war are felt by entire communities, prevailing inequalities exacerbate these consequences…

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Pistorius’ Sentence More Than Doubled

Reeva Steenkamp “can now rest in peace,” her family said Friday, after a South African high court more than doubled Oscar Pistorius’ sentence for her killing. The Supreme Court of Appeal increased his sentence to 13 years and five months for the murder of his girlfriend, Steenkamp. It issued the ruling after the prosecution appealed his previous sentence of six years as too lenient, according to a CNN report. The former Olympic and Paralympic sprinter killed Steenkamp at his…

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The International Criminal Court Wants to Investigate Situation in the Afghanistan, USA Roles. 

Today, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), Fatou Bensouda, requested authorisation from the Court’s Judges to initiate an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity, committed in the context of the ongoing armed conflict in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (“Afghanistan”). The Situation in Afghanistan has been under preliminary examination by the Office of the Prosecutor since 2006.  After a comprehensive and careful scrutiny of the information available to the Office, applying…

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BREAKING NEWS: President Robert Mugabe Dismissed as Leader of Ruling Party, Grace Mugabe Expelled from the Party.

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has been dismissed as the leader of the ruling ZANU – PF party. Moreover, his powerful and influential wife Grace Mugabe has been expelled from the party altogether. President Mugabe has been given a deadline until Monday to resign as the President of Zimbabwe or face an impeachment. Following the dismissal of his former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa two weeks ago from his position based on watery allegations, President Robert Mugabe effectively wrote his…

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Faith, Competition, Desperation and “Church Committee”

When people sought my opinion on the tithe, I told them that it is an act of faith. I do not believe that I must give it to a priest or pastor. Definitely, I know where, when and how to touch lives. But those who do not have the capacity to tithe independently can give to the church or priest. What matters is that it is not under compulsion and the tithe must be used judiciously. I had a…

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Zimbabwe: mene mene tekel upharsin

For those who have been following the political metamorphosis in Zimbabwe or reading our articles about that country, no one needed a political soothsayer to predict the military intervention yesterday in Zimbabwe. The Nebuchadnezzar – like warning had been written boldly and clearly in the palace of President Mugabe, but no one seemed to listen or understand the warning. Those who saw or understood the prophetic warning simply ignored it. Perhaps, they never believe it. They fully believed in…

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INTRODUCING “THE TORCH”

Welcome to The Torch, which tries to beam light on those hidden African socio-political problems. With The Torch, Kata Kata creates awareness of the social issues confronting Africa. Do come on board! That corruption in Africa is endemic is more or less second-hand news, but who aids African leaders to perpetuate their corrupt practices? Often Africa’s corruption/mismanagement is condemned by the West; but where do African leaders hide their stolen money? What are the Western countries doing to eradicate…

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