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Is America’s airstrike in Syria changing international law?

  In his article, Is Trump’s strike in Syria changing international law?, Jan Lemnitzer underscored two justifications for the use of force (authorisation by the United Nations Security Council or self-defence) under international law that could have legitimized Trump’s airstrike in Syria. The airstrike was carried out without the UN Security Council resolution calling for an armed response, and the attack on Syrian children does not constitute a direct threat to the US or its allies. Thus, neither holds in this case. One thing that constitute a sort of legitimacy for this strike was the overwhelming support it garnered from both parties in the US and its allies abroad; particularly democrats that have sworn to oppose his policies till the end of his term suddenly find a common ground with him (after months of discrediting him that he won the election with the support of Russia) and from abroad – NATO, France, UK, Germany and others who had thought he would align with Putin in Syria because of his campaign rhetoric. Is the strike an act of aggression against foreign country? Jan Lemnitzer, …

Nigeria and Morality of Corruption

The causes and effects of corruption, and how to combat corruption, are issues that are increasingly on the national and international agendas of politicians and other policymakers. Corruption is not a major problem in some countries as it is in Nigeria today. The evolution of corruption in Nigeria could be traced back to pre-colonial era, but many believe it exploded like epidemic in the 80s, in particular under Babangida’s administration. One of the reasons former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, established the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission – EFCC in 2003. Since its establishment EFCC has proved to be the only agency in Nigeria with the best striking skills to fight a very defensive corrupt society. It was number one on the primary agenda of the current President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, during his campaign in 2015. The revelations since it took office about millions of dollar some individuals appropriate to themselves without due process and with the sole intent of looting the commonwealth of the country is mind-boggling to say the least. A petty question that comes to …