Category Archives: Africa

Sorrow Of Nigeria

Nigeria is among the nations which are difficult to discuss because, although theoretically a democracy, it is one vast organization of criminals whose only goals in life are robbing their fellow citizens. Yes, Nigeria possesses oil and oil, yes, billions flow into the country, but, no, the money is never used to serve the needs of the 95%. It flows into the hands of those famous rich folk, the job creators of Nigeria. Who then can be shocked that fundamentalist Muslims would emerge and employ the rhetoric of serving God in order to serve their own needs for power and wealth. A basic belief of those in the Boko Haram is the reason one is being murdered is for his own benefit in order to deliver one more body to God up in the sky. Boko Haram struck again, they blew up a bus station on the outskirts of the capita. Latest report is that at least 71 are dead and over a hundred wounded.

President Goodluck Jonathan expressed, once again, his anger at this Boko Haram massacre of the innocent. Goodluck will continue issuing of regret while the stealing goes on and on, and the lives of Nigerians becomes worse and worse. The only way to combat the Boko Haram crazies is to create a modern society in which poverty is confronted and people have the option of living a decent life rather than watch young men meander over to crazies in the night.

Trial Dwindles Down To Tears

There is scant doubt the trial of the century for those living in South Africa is coming to an end. Oscar Pistorious was led through an emotional description of events by his own lawyer which provided him an opportunity to cry, shake with emotion and just let it all hang out in order to prove to the world that he loved his girl friend and was ready to do anything to protect Reeva the beautiful one. Unfortunately for Oscar Pistorious, he has been battered and attacked for days by the prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, one mean dude. Mr.Nel is one of those pit bulls who never lets up and so enjoys tearing to bits any statement of someone on trial. Hour after hour he has honed in on inconsistencies in the Pistorious version of reality.

Why didn’t he immediately have Reeva call the police while he investigated?

Exactly what type of noises did he hear behind the locked door?

He claimed to move toward the burglar or burglars, but he didn’t have on his legs!

Throughout the past several days, Pistorious has engaged in one emotional crying binge after another. As Gel noted: “Mr. Pistorious, you’re sung your emotional state as an escape.” Of course he is. There simply is no logic to this story.

There are tears of anger, there are tears of fear, there are fears of terror, and there are fears of being convicted.

O.J. And Oscar On Trial

It is nearly twenty years since famous athlete O.J. Simpson was on trial charged with murdering a woman he allegedly loved. Oscar Pistorious, a white man in South Africa, is currently on trial for the murder of a woman that he allegedly loved. A white and a black man, a trial which has excited the world and offered ample opportunity for a crusading district attorney to make headlines and for the media to provide non-stop stories concerning the emotional state of the alleged murderer. We, the public, follow avidly each detail, each cross examination, we discuss the events while at work or with friends. We are fascinated, we devour key points that arrive dealing with the act of murder. Did HE really fire the shot or was there a third person who is the key witness to events that unfurled in the night of the murder?

Oh, what a glorious time for those in the media. But, there is something more important. We, the public, want this trial. We want an event in which someone who is powerful, a great athlete is confronting the issue of death and life. In the end, O.J. Simpson, was acquitted for the act of murder, but a large number of people continue to this day believe in his guilt and blame the media for allowing him to escape the death penalty. Ironically, today he is in jail for a different crime. So, what awaits Oscar? Will he escape only to fail at some future moment?

The only victor in either case was the media. So, will it be tomorrow.

Time For Truth Commission In America

Incoming President Barack Obama had many challenges, but none more important than how to handle the debacle of two invasions which had led to the death of thousands of Americans and wounding, mentally and physically, of over 40,000. Nelson Mandela in South Africa offered an excellent example of how a nation confronts evil in its past. He created the Truth and Reconciliation Committee which allowed any white person who had violated the rights -or even the life– of a black person under Apartheid could appear before the Commission, admit his guilt, apologize to the relatives of those who died, and was then given a pardon for his evil actions. This blog urged the new president to adopt this approach. Instead, Barack Obama said he did not wish to dwell on the past but only be concerned about the future. Today, we now are deep in anger over the past of what the CIA did, and hate grows stronger with each passing day.

The Senate Intelligence Committee under Dian Feinstein is furious and demands the complete truth from the White House which currently is in the position of defending those who violated the law. The Senate Committee believes “the CIA manipulated the media” by lying concerning the effectiveness of enhanced interrogation techniques. England established the Chilcot Commission which dealt with this issue openly and enabled those who suffered to hear the truth and those who tortured to admit their guilt. We NEED SUCH A PROCESS!

Pistorious Kabbuki Another Rashomon

There is but one thing all involved in the murder trial that features Oscar Pistorius–Reeva Steenkemp is deas. Other than that fact, the remainder of what happened in the story leading to her death depends on which version of reality is selected. Oscar insists that he heard sounds in the bathroom indicating an intruder was in his house and thus blasted away until he had killed Reeva who was in the toilet. There is another version of reality according to the prosecutor Gerrie Lee. In plain English, she informed the famous runner, “your version is a lie.” During his time in court with the Defense attorney, Oscar howled and cried and shook his body in order to make clear that he was in pain for the shooting of Reeva.

But, the prosecution has a different interpretation of this performance and it is based on some factual data. “We know there was no intruder, there was no ladder against the wall. We know that Reeva was in the toilet.” So, what happened? My questions:

1. How could he avoid knowing that she was in the toilet?

2. Did he tell her to call the police? Certainly, that would be a normal request.

3. Did he call out for the intruder to emerge from the toilet? Why not?

Just some questions.

Brandeis Reacts In Fear

Ayaan Hirsi is a critic of the Muslim religion and has fought against Islamic fundamentalists in Africa,the Netherlands and around the world. She is definitely not a person who is loved by those of the Muslim faith. Her experiences in Somalia and in her childhood caused deep feelings of anger against those who insist on a fundamentalist interpretation of the Muslim religion. She deeply resents male domination of women by fundamentalists, she resents genital cutting by these members of the Muslim faith. She has been blunt and makes clear that in her view, the Muslim is a “violent and nihilistic cult.” These are not pretty sounding words to make about a religion,and there is no question she utters generalities. A generality results in the innocent as well as the guilty being branded by words.

For some reason, those in charge of Brandeis were not aware of that Ms. Hirsi was all about. They had invited her to accept an honorary degree but when a letter arrived from the Council on American Islam Relations, bells sounded in the administration office. Just remember, College academic leaders always place money before other objectives. “We cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values. We regret that we were not aware of these statements.” Huh? She has been talking this way for over a decade. What, in the first place, led you to invite her?

Tribal Woes In Egypt

It is a common belief among those of the western world that people in Egypt are Muslims and support the ideas of Muslim fanatics. Of course, 10% of the population is Coptic Christian, they predate Muslims in Egypt by about 500 years. There are also large numbers of dark skinned people known as Nubians who inhabit southern regions of the country. Their history with light skinned Arabs is analogous to the experience of dark skinned people with white Christians. Discrimination and poverty and definitely the state of being powerless.

Some Nubian students were on their way to school when they encountered comments and graffiti which depicted them as sub human. At this point, both sides claim the other fired the initial shots. Anyway, guns blazed and people lay dead. At the latest count at least 25 are dead and over fifty are wounded. Not an Arab extremist among those engaged in violence. Just another example of how we have peace and quiet in Egypt since the Armed forces returned to power.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Schools Do Their Best”

Learning or baby sitting is the question?

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “Murderer Caught Åfter 37 Years”

Justice pursued along a mighty long road.

Jakarta Post: “Laser Solves Back Problems”

By removing the back?

Russia, Moscow Times: “Russia On Dark Path To Isolation”

I am certain Vladimir Putin would love to light up the sky with bombs!

Canada, Toronto Star: “Rob Ford Ends Investigations”

Let’s drink a few round to this news.

Germany, Der Spiegel: “Impose Stiffer Penalties”

As far as Republicans are concerned, on the poor.

UK,Guardian: “Making Of A Miracle”

Fox News praised Barack Obama for Something!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

To change behavior requires changing mind.

People discuss their personal life but not the personal life of America.

America is trapped in infantile paralysis.

Anger and hatred paralyze the mind.

I dream of what can be, not what cannot.

Some walk with hesitant awkward steps.

Some think with hesitant awkward steps.

To believe, one must have trust in self.

I no longer see soldiers in my daily life.

I wonder why my ancestors left the warmth of Africa.

I wonder if on other planets they encounter different seasons.

We lack gathering places for the elderly.

There are “feel good’ and ‘feel bad’ movies.

Humans are territorial from birth.

We all too often are prisoners of our emotions.

In the end, we are who we are.

Never Visit Central African Republic

It is rather evident the Central African Republic now holds the modern record for brutality and hatred. If one seeks to meet a group of humans who have not learned a single thing about compassion and love, then hop over to Africa and spend a moment with either Christians or Muslims in this land without pity. Several months ago, Christian warriors, despite being a minority in the nation, were able to seize power. Naturally, they proceeded to murder innocent men, women and children because they had committed the crime of being Muslims. Since most in the nation were Muslims, they sought the aid of other Muslims and last month the reverse occurred. Muslims gained power and,naturally, began to slaughter and murder any Christian they found, anywhere. A group of Christians were holding funerals when Islamic militants entered the area and began to throw grenades at one and all.

In addition to those who were dumped into graves, at least twenty other humans met their death at the funeral and a few dozen are wounded. It is pay back time and it will be pay back time forever and forever–and a day. By the way, where were imams and ministers during the slaughter?