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ASK AND YOU SHALL ADVANCE

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By Akin Ojumu All human advancements start with a thought. The road to a better society begins with a mustard seed of idea that, when properly watered and nurtured, grows to become a forest of innovation. Ideas become life transforming innovations when people are free to ask questions and bold enough to challenge assumptions. No one ever moves forward by standing on the same spot. Inventions don’t happen until the status quo is made subject to thoughtful examination and critical investigation. The people that make discoveries are the ones who ask questions and make inquiries. This process of probing realities and questioning certainties is what is called research. In broad terms, research is, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “ investigation or experimentation aimed at the discovery and interpretation of facts, revision of accepted theories or laws in the light of new facts, or practical application of such new or revised theories or laws.” There

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC UPDATE: THE FREE PRESS CAN HELP SAVE LIVES

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By Akin Ojumu Several factors contributed to the rise of Adolf Hilter. The mass murder of 6 million Jews by German Nazis and the carnage of the Second World War were made possible for several reasons. Of all of these, none was more effective and potent than L├╝genpresse , a German slur which means “Lying Press”. At the core of the Nazi disinformation effort is the dismissal of the notion that truth actually exists. Perfecting and deploying propaganda, the Nazi Theory, Hitler set out to destroy the very existence of commonly accepted facts. The Nazis pushed a misinformation campaign that the press is controlled by lying Jews and their biased foreign sympathizers, and that nothing you read in the press is true. L├╝genpresse – the destruction of the free press – has become the preferred weapon of tyrants of all stripes. Because when the free press is neutralized it becomes much easier to manipulate the people. A silenced free press leaves the door opened for unchecked pow