US Welcome New Sanctions On Iran

By Dickson Agbo "....any move by the European Union to impose new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and alleged involvement in Middle East conflicts would be “interesting and helpful”, a US administration official said yesterday. US president Donald Trump, who has taken a more hawkish line on Iran than predecessor Barack Obama, has said Tehran’s missile program should be curbed and wants to punish Tehran over its role in Yemen and Syria. Trump has also dealt a blow to an international 2015 deal on Iran’s nuclear program by disavowing Iran’s compliance with its terms. The U.S. Congress now has until mid-December to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran that had been lifted in exchange for it limiting its nuclear activity. But the EU, which normally coordinates closely with Washington on international sanctions, has been lobbying hard to preserve the nuclear accord, saying it should be kept separate from...
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe who is also the leader of the ruling Zanu PF party has been warned by the Zimbabwean army to end the purging of liberation fighters in the party or they will step in. The threat was issued in a press conference yesterday by the army commander General Constantino Chiwenga who said the infighting in the party is a security threat which is affecting the country. “Unfortunately since the turn of 2015, Zanu PF’s protocol and procedures have changed with a lot of gossiping, backbiting and public chastisement being the order of the day. “The current purging of which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background must stop forthwith. The known counter-revolutionary elements who have fermented the current instability must be fished out,” General Chiwenga said in the presence of over 90 army chiefs. We must remind those behind treacherous shenanigans that when it comes...
British Brexit minister David Davis said yesterday the government would allow parliament the opportunity to debate, scrutinize and vote on any final Brexit agreement, offering a concession to Conservative Party rebels. Prime Minister Theresa May is under pressure to offer a ‘meaningful vote’ on any deal for Britain’s departure from the European Union. Members of her own party are willing to vote against the government to stymie a bill which she says is needed to sever ties with the bloc. “I can now confirm that once we’ve reached an agreement we will bring forward a specific piece of primary legislation to implement that agreement,” Davis told parliament. “This also means that parliament will be given time to debate, scrutinize and vote on the final agreement we strike with the European Union. This agreement will only hold if parliament approves it.” May’s blueprint for Britain’s exit from the EU faces a crucial test starting on...
More than 400 people were killed in Iran when a magnitude 7.3 earthquake jolted the country, state media said on Monday, and rescuers were searching for dozens trapped under rubble in the mountainous area. At least six have died in Iraq as well. State television said more than 407 people were killed in Iran’s deadliest earthquake in more than a decade and at least 6,600 were injured. Local officials said the death toll would rise as search and rescue teams reached remote areas of Iran. The earthquake, which struck on Sunday, was felt in several western provinces of Iran but the hardest hit province was Kermanshah. More than 300 of the victims were in Sarpol-e Zahab county in Kermanshah province, about 15 km (10 miles) from the Iraq border. Iranian state television said the quake had caused heavy damage in some villages where houses were made of earthen bricks. Rescuers were laboring...
By Solomon Nda-Isaiah ...Bestselling authors Mark Billingham, B.A. Paris and Mark Ellis participate in panel discussion to speak about their craft How to plot a story and create characters for an effective ‘whodunnit’ crime novel were two of the topics under discussion at Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) on Wednesday evening, when three celebrated crime fiction writers from the UK participated in a panel discussion. Taking part in the audience conversation to share the secrets of their craft were Mark Billingham, B.A. Paris and Mark Ellis. The trio of bestselling authors was attending the fair as part of its hosting of the UK as its ‘Guest of Honour’ a programme. Speaking on the subject of research for his novels, actor, screen play writer, stand-up comedian and novelist Mark Billingham, who achieved literary fame with his first novel Sleepyhead, revealed that in-depth research has become less important to him the more he writes. “I started...
By Solomon Nda-Isaiah ...Sharjah’s international photography festival allows new and emerging photographers from UAE and the world to showcase their talent before an international audience In its efforts to promote new and emerging photographers from the UAE and globally, the International Photography Festival, Xposure, held from November 22 to 25 at Expo Centre Sharjah, will unveil its new ‘Photo Fair’ zone with 53 display panels, showcasing new talents alongside those of 32 internationally acclaimed photographers from around the world. To qualify for one, to a maximum of four, of these 2.1m tall by 1m wide panels, applicants need to submit a digital version of their work intended for exhibition, to the festival curators. The cost of the panels has been supported and supplemented by the Festival hosts, Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB). All details about the Photo Fair are available at the Xposure 2017 website https://xposure.ae/xposure-photo-fair/ . The second edition of Xposure promises...
By Solomon Nda-Isaiah ...Kalimat Launches 30 books at the 36th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair Kalimat enriched the celebration of literature at the 36th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair by launching a collection of new titles for children. Featuring an array of topics covering philanthropy, family issues and adventure, the books have been written in a simple yet engaging style to attract young readers. Six of the titles from the 30 in the collection include: Sidra Honey (Assal Al Sudra) Author:           Dr. Reem Al Gurg Illustration:    Laya Kareera Sidra Honey is a story that calls for the preserving of customs and traditions. Forming part of Emirati culture, the Sidr tree exemplifies Emirati heritage. Through this title the author seeks to foster a love of heritage in young readers in a simple and appealing way, through linking the Sidr tree with beautiful, unforgettable memories and experiences. People of Lead (Ashkas Min Rasas) Author:           Moumen...
By Solomon Nda-Isaiah Libraries need to resist justifying their existence with Return on Investment initiatives – that was a key message delivered at the opening of the SIBF/ALA Conference at the 36th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair. HE Ahmed Al Ameri, Chairman of Sharjah Book Authority (SBA)  welcomed the attending delegates to the main programme of the fourth edition of the conference, which is the only ALA event to be hosted outside the United States. “I would like to welcome you all to Sharjah, the World Book Capital for 2019, and say that I am delighted to see you all at the fourth edition of the SIBF/ALA Conference. Sharjah Book Authority is here to exchange best practices in the field and has provided a platform to connect with our counterparts in the USA,” said Al Ameri during his welcoming address. “We have in Sharjah a strong belief in human-centred communication and believe...
By Solomon Nda-Isaiah In a world where people resort to war in order to find peace, where innocent lives are lost in the crossfires between right and wrong, and the disillusionment of building a stable future on the foundations of plunder and destruction seems very real, the only hope for a better tomorrow lies with the future generations. In these pictures we see the award-winning writer from Lebanon, Rania Zbib Daher, at the at the pavilion of the Sharjah-based publisher, Kalimat Group, at the Sharjah International Book Fair 2017 (SIBF 2017), who has a young audience rapt in attention listening to her reading out from her book The Sound of the Sea published by Kalimat. Through her book, the author introduces children to the serious issues of forced displacement, war, crises and their far-reaching effects on people in a tale whose protagonist, Leen – a girl around the same age as the...
By Solomon Nda-Isaiah ...Panel of highly diverse writers talk of the very different joys of their work During a panel session of highly distinguished authors, best-selling crime writer Leye Adenie told an audience at the Sharjah International Book Fair: “I look back at some of the things I have written and think they are rubbish.” Thankfully he is talking about the drafts and not the finished products. The Nigerian author, who now lives in London, was on a panel with highly respected American author Dr. Tayari Jones and renowned Iraqi novelist Saad Mohammed Ibrahim. In a discussion titled The Joys of Writing, it became apparent that the three authors came from very different backgrounds and expressed very different viewpoints on many of the issues raised. Beginning the session, Dr. Jones spoke of her upbringing in Atlanta, Georgia. “I loved to read and write as a child, but no one ever considered that as...