HOW NIGERIA’S JEWS ARE GETTING CAUGHT IN A NEW SEPARATIST WAR

The tapping noise from Ima Nwachukwu’s footsteps breaks the solemn silence as the 49-year-old rabbi walks among worshippers draped in white robes, prayer shawls and yarmulkes at a synagogue in Port Harcourt, Nigeria’s third-largest city. “Remember you are not the only one persecuted. Jews all over the world are,” she tells them. She bows before the Star of David — ringed by a ribbon of blue light — at the end of a long sermon in which politics, persecution and purification all mingle. It’s a sermon rooted in a sharpening…

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Nigeria @57: The Journey So Far, So Disappointing

(Watch Video of 1960 Celebrations below) Nigeria was granted independence from the British Empire on October 1, 1960. As expected there were lots of celebrations around the country especially in the then capital, Lagos. The celebrations were topped by a grand ceremony hosted by the prime minister, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. The Federation of Nigeria was granted full independence under a constitution that provided for a parliamentary government and a substantial measure of self-government for the country’s three regions. This was the year Nigeria assumed both political and military control of…

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Top 10 Countries That Broke Into Sovereign Nations In The 20th Century

Who says the might of a country is in its size or population? Here’s a list of top 10 countries that broke up and formed sovereign units in the past century.   New nations seem to pop up with alarming regularity. At the start of the 20th century, there were only a few dozen independent sovereign states on the planet; today, there are nearly 200! Once a nation is established, they tend to stick around for awhile, so a nation disappearing is quite uncommon. It’s only occurred a handful of times in the…

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A rare inside look into Chibok girls’ road to recovery

The heavy presence of armed guards at a nondescript building on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital is the only clue of its elusive residents — the Chibok girls, many of whom are now young women. Rare access was given to the facility in Abuja, where the 21 women released from Boko Haram last October have been staying and where the recently freed 82 women will begin their road to recovery. More International Headlines 82 released Chibok schoolgirls arrive in Nigerian capital 82 Chibok schoolgirls released in Nigeria During an interview…

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How Western Civilisation Could Collapse

Some possible precipitating factors are already in place. How the West reacts to them will determine the world’s future, says Rachel Nuwer. The political economist Benjamin Friedman once compared modern Western society to a stable bicycle whose wheels are kept spinning by economic growth. Should that forward-propelling motion slow or cease, the pillars that define our society – democracy, individual liberties, social tolerance and more – would begin to teeter. Our world would become an increasingly ugly place, one defined by a scramble over limited resources and a rejection of…

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