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The trouble with Brexit

International | Historic religious conflict plays a crucial role in Britain’s political stalemate
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/04/19, 05:05 pm

Outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May’s failed Brexit plan faced opposition from her party, Parliament, and throughout Europe, but her biggest challenge came from a centuries-old religious and political conflict in Northern Ireland. The same problem awaits the next prime minister, after May steps down at the end of the week, and neither Parliament nor any of the prime ministerial hopefuls have proposed suitable compromises yet.

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Sudan in limbo

International | Protesters and the military are at odds on how to move forward after coup
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/14/19, 11:04 am

Sudanese protest leaders and the transitional military leadership are still struggling to shape the country’s new government one month after ousting longtime leader Omar al-Bashir. The sides have agreed to a tentative structure for an interim government—to include a sovereign council, Cabinet, and legislature—but are at an impasse about who will serve in it.

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Obeying the clarion call

Nigeria | In Nigeria’s national youth service program, campers socialize and march in mud, rain, and matching T-shirts
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/25/19, 03:41 pm

It was a wet Tuesday morning last year when I arrived in Nigeria’s southern Rivers state, towing a suitcase packed with white T-shirts and shorts, white rubber tennis shoes, and a fanny pack.

Those articles were the basic uniform requirements at the military-style camp where I planned to stay for the next three weeks. The place brought back memories of boarding school: The fenced compound included single-story buildings, a vast field, and freshly cut grass. The hostel where I was to sleep contained 34 metal bunk beds, each with provisions for a mosquito net.

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