Africa mass withdrawal from ICC must be stopped

Former UN general, Kofi Annan has said that an apparent African exodus from the International Criminal Court (ICC) must be stopped or the most heinous crimes will go unpunished according to a report by the Guardian. “Most of the continent’s democratic governments stand by the ICC. I stand by the ICC, because the most heinous crimes must not go unpunished.” Said Annan writing for the Guardian Koffi Annan who is one of the founders of the ICC warns that Burundi, Gambia and South Africa’s withdrawal from the court risks giving…

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The Best Thinkers Have These 7 ‘Thinking Dispositions’

Harvard education scholar Shari Tishman says there are seven such thinking dispositions. They are: 1. The disposition to be broad and adventurous: The tendency to be open-minded, to explore alternative views; an alertness to narrow thinking; the ability to generate multiple options. 2. The disposition toward sustained intellectual curiosity: The tendency to wonder, probe, find problems, a zest for inquiry; an alertness for anomalies; the ability to observe closely and formulate questions. 3. The disposition to clarify and seek understanding: A desire to understand clearly, to seek connections and explanations;…

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Africa’s ICC concerns are ignored at everyone’s peril

17 November 2016 Pretoria, South Africa – African states’ concerns with the International Criminal Court (ICC) are well publicised, but often badly understood and all too easily brushed aside. That must change; and the responsibility for changing it rests with African states themselves, the ICC and the international community at large. The most effective way to resolve Africa’s concerns is not by withdrawing from the court, but through the mechanisms available to ICC members: the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) and the Rome Statute. The 15th Session of the ASP…

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8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M.

Do this and you’ll have done the important stuff first. Life is busy. It can feel impossible to move toward your dreams. If you have a full-time job and kids, it’s even harder. How do you move forward? If you don’t purposefully carve out time every day to progress and improve, without question, your time will get lost in the vacuum of our increasingly crowded lives. Before you know it, you’ll be old and withered,  wondering where all that time went. As professor Harold Hill has said,  ”You pile up…

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African Countries to Quit the International Criminal Court

“I will bring a motion to the African Union to have all African states withdraw from the court and then they can be left alone with their own court,” President Museveni declared. Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni has called on African Nations to drop out of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Speaking during Kenya’s 51st Jamhuri Day celebrations at the Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi he said he will mobilize African leaders to quit the International Criminal Court; “I will bring a motion to the African Union to have all African states withdraw…

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African Presidents With the Shortest Terms in Power

With the common opinion of Africa as the Land of Elected Monarchs, it will be to a large extend hilarious to talk about Presidents who ruled or hard the shortest term in power. Though a few hold the distinction of holding power for the shortest time; power which usually change hands through democratic elections is not characteristic of most of them, who were either ousted through a coup or assassinated. The terms range from 68 days in power to 4 years something that has been unusual in the continent for…

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The Master Class sheds light on business success amid tough economic times.

Creativity and leadership are vital for businesses to remain above the water amid the challenging economic times in South Africa. 702’s Phemelo Ngcobo spoke to CEO of Aurik Business Incubator, Pavlo Phitidis, about his insights on the issue. See the comments below: You always find a great business in a great entrepreneur, it’s never the other way around. — Pavlo Phitidis, Aurik Business Incubator CEO The individual who can lead from the front is a crucial element of entrepreneurial activity, you don’t lead from the back. — Pavlo Phitidis, Aurik…

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