FOLLOWING the FIDE rating boom achieved by several Nigerian chess players last year, there are strong indications that all the ambitious players would get better incentives going by the Nigeria Chess Federation’s (NCF) 2015 calendar. The season has started with the on-going registration and licensing of players alongside the paymentContinue Reading

Istanbul, Asharq Al-Awsat—It seems an age now since Turkey trumpeted its “zero problems” foreign policy, seeking more harmonious relations with its neighbors, especially the Arab states. But Turkey’s relations with its Arab neighbors have taken a sour turn recently, with Ankara seemingly at odds with its neighbors on a panoplyContinue Reading

Most commonly associated with spying and military missions, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – or drones – for humanitarian purposes is the subject of both hype and caution. Sceptics are wary of the ethical and practical implications, worried about human rights and security aspects and unconvinced by theirContinue Reading

So the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) decided to postpone the 2015 elections with just seven days to go? What a shame. Since January 2014 – more than a year ago – when INEC released the timetable, officials of the commission had consistently assured Nigerians that they were ready forContinue Reading