President Barack Obama walks on stage to deliver his farewell speech at McCormick Place on January 10, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by AFP)
Obama: bomb, bomb, bomb
The US has long been notorious for being a militaristic power that has waged numerous destructive wars without a good reason in various parts of the world from east Asia to Central America to the Middle East. When Outgoing US president Barack Obama assumed office in 2009, many inside and outside the US were hopeful they would not see the American military bullying other nations with its huge military machine at least during Obama's presidency. The president himself was awarded the Nobel peace prize in October 2009 which is ironic given his illegal drone wars in several countries which all happened to be Muslim nations. Seven years on, figures show that Obama has set a record in using munitions in other countries.
Farewell to Rafsanjani
An icon in the history of the Islamic Republic of Iran. A revolutionary figure who remained steadfast in his belief in the Revolution which brought independence for the Iranian nation. Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. He passed away from a heart attack at the age of 82 in Tehran on Sunday. Iranians from different walks of life participated in his funeral procession. He was laid to rest beside his beloved leader, late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini in southern Tehran. The Iranian government declared three days of national mourning in honor of Ayatollah Rafsanjani. Condolences poured in from across the world.
Italy's 5-star face-lift
The decision came as a surprise. Italy’s Beppe Grillo, who heads the populist Five Star Movement has decided to part with the Eurosceptic Nigel Farage and join the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, a party headed by Belgium’s former prime minister .The move was a surprise decision that shocked many euosceptics. But the latest decision by the Five Star Movement could be interpreted as an attempt to do a face-lift: Putting a less radical face just before elections. Its fiery rhetoric against the euro and immigration has scared many left-wing voters. Grillo’s decision also reflects a pragmatic calculation to gain a foothold in mainstream politics. That would give the Five Star Movement a less ideological face. Is the party trying to become more flexible and opportunistic?