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Lessons from Ely: Why Nigeria should not neglect environmental concerns as it kick-starts exploration of solid minerals

 

The trip to Ely, Minnesota was my first encounter to with rural America. To be honest, I had not had much of an encounter with America itself. I had only arrived the country the first time just over a week ago. And my encounter had been mostly limited to the pleasantly choreographed tours around the twin cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis by the wonderful organisers of the World Press Institute (WPI) fellowship. I had only gone out once on my own to a nearby Walmart to buy groceries.

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Love in the Time of New York

Love in the Time of New York

The roaring street is hung for miles with fierce electric fire. The ensemble of human intrigue, drama, power struggle and chaos is hard to overlook. In the urban landscape, amid straight lines and architecture or even its frenetic energy, people often lose themselves.

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WPI whirlwind tour of the United States

WPI whirlwind tour of the United States

What I've learnt so far...

Newsroom downsizing

It's happening, or has already happened, almost everywhere. During the five years I've been at my company we have had three rounds of redundancies. While we've been on this trip, two of the fellows have received news there will be layoffs at their organisation when they return home.

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Greater Than What?

"Make America Great Again!", Donald Trump's campaign slogan, would make you erroneously  believe that America's best days are all behind it and that the country is fast becoming one of those has-been global powers like the Great Britain.

Well, like all empires before it, the U.S will fall someday too, but not in my lifetime, I am sure. Far from from the limping weakling that some believe the U.S has turned in to in recent days, America is still the greatest nation on Earth.

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An Eye for an Eye?

An Eye for an Eye?

It’s no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence. It’s either non-violence or non-existence—Martin Luther King Jr.

But aren’t we steeped in violence today? With massacres taking place with predictable frequency, might displayed in order to address perceived injustices or a threat to our own interests abroad, mindless gun violence, mass incarceration or even the inability to rid ourselves of the death penalty, clearly our responses to violence in the world is typically more violence.

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