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I believe that the EU is a political order which is very distinct and may be difficult to replicate anywhere else. To understand the limitations, you need to know a bit more about the well-defined legal and political nature of the European Union

The European Union officially came into force in 1993 after the signing of the Maastricht treaty. However, the EU that we know today is the fruition of years of integrated strategies that ensure peace and cooperation in Europe. In 1951, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, Netherlands and Belgium signed a treaty which established the European Coal and Steel…

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What they did yesterday afternoon-Warsan Shire

Warsan was right. I understand better now. In case you have not heard, young people in Nigeria organized and held protests to End SARS- a police body that has brutalized citizens since the early nineties. They intimidate and rob young people just for having iPhones or cars. They take them to ATMs and make them withdraw everything they have before they let them go. The unlucky ones are taken to prison, beaten, pinned with crimes they did not commit or killed. This issue has been going on for so long. Every time people complain to the government, they set up…

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data sharing.

I watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix and it was interesting. I couldn't help but give a side-eye to the former employees of giant tech companies who stayed to make enough money to retire at 30, 35 or 40, before suddenly ‘seeing’ the light. That said, the documentary is very informative and a good number of people have no idea about the issues that are addressed so, if you have not seen the documentary yet, please go and watch it.

I am writing this because I read something that genuinely scared me. The author said that he ran past a…

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Sometimes I mention the African Union and some people ask me ‘What’s that?

This question, the recent coup d’état crisis and the subsequent suspension of Mali’s membership by the African Union, impresses the need for information about the organisation and what this means for Mali. My blind affinity for Pan-African unity and recognition makes me feel that people must get to know the AU.

The African Union is a result of the Pan- African movement that sought for a recognition of Africans all over the world, united by a political and cultural entity. It was created to show solidarity between…

We just can't catch a break.

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Yin Yang Gender Equality

In August 2014, the Istanbul convention came into force as the first legally binding instrument dedicated to combating violence against women. It defines gender and gender-based violence and makes provision for other abuses like marital rape, Female Genital Mutilation and forced marriages. 45 states have signed the Istanbul Convention and 34 have ratified it. Poland Signed it in 2015.

A couple of days ago, Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro of Poland said that he would begin the process of withdrawing Poland from the treaty because it imposes controversial ideologies about gender. …

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World Map

Theories in International relations are assertions that try to explain and justify how international structures work. They explain the characteristics of ever-changing interactions across territories. Each theory has been developed and grounded on various perspectives relating to human nature and the world in general, but as the world is constantly evolving, the usefulness of each theory is also constantly being tested in the face of critical issues as they arise and the success or failure of these applications will determine in essence which of these theories will stand the test of time. …

The United Nations began peacekeeping operations in East Timor in 1999 and these operations ultimately culminated in their independence from Indonesia, in 2002. The breakdown of the mandates for the missions deployed to East Timor reveals a state-building process that was to be implemented strategically, to enable East Timor to become a fully functioning and independent state. State Building can be defined as “efforts to either reconstruct or establish for the first time, effective and autonomous structures of governance in a state or territory where no such capacity exists or where it has been seriously eroded” (Caplan, 2005). …

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Charlie Chaplin: The Great Dictator.

21st August 2017.(Short video at the end)

For a long time, information was distributed strictly from the top (political elites) to the bottom (audience/citizens) and political control was maintained that way. With technological advancements, this power has shifted. The Media has now positioned itself as an intermediary that connects the political elites to the audience. In 2012, the movie Argo brought the 1979 Iranian invasion of the United States embassy to life on screen. Similar movies like Lincoln, which depicted the civil war and the struggle to abolish slavery, have been praised for the political messages that they contained. However…

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I don’t know what this picture means but it represents how I feel sometimes.
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lessons

2019 was a year of hope. ‘almosts’ lessons, tears, faith, and peace. I began like any other year, with a renewed hope to change things and be things and do things. At the beginning of this decade, I was in university. I was an entitled brat that thought the world would conform to my dreams and wishes just because I dreamed them. I didn’t realise how much work people that I admired, had to do. We only hear of success stories, but nobody has ever truly articulated the harrowing years of toil, pain and tears needed to emerge on the…

Chogwu Enape

Researcher,writer, and the ultimate idealist. One day I moved to Paris and many things have happened to me since then. My random musings: thebidaling.home.blog

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