Wednesday January 28th, 2015
Wednesday January 28th, 2015
Latest

Good governance isn’t by Goodluck

  /   in Dispatches from America 1:06 am   /   Comments

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (R) and Nigerian Vice President Namadi Sambo greet supporters at a ceremony in Abuja on November 11, 2014. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on November 11 declared his bid for re-election, vowing to finally defeat Boko Haram whose rise in strength during his first term has threatened the country's sovereignty. The 56-year-old made the announcement to tens of thousands of supporters in the red, white and green of his ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at a carefully orchestrated ceremony including patriotic music, dancing, prayers and speeches. AFP PHOTO

By Uche Onyebadi LAST week, I watched with intense attention as President Obama presented his annual State of the Union address to the joint session of the U.S. Congress. He did so with a sense of accomplishment reserved for seasoned matadors. There he stood on the presidential podium, gleefully reeling off layers of his administration’s

Read More →
Latest

Like Romney, like Buhari?

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:31 am   /   Comments

MITT Romney has become a spectacle in U.S. politics. Twice he has made a bid for the coveted position of presidency, and twice have voters blocked his route to the White House. After the last attempt, Romney and his wife swore that running for the presidency was no longer on their political agenda. But of late, Romney has been crisscrossing the United States, waving the banner that indicates that he is once more serious about getting into the presidential race. Generally, American presidential elections do not bestow favours on previous losers in the same race. One of the exceptions was Richard Nixon who lost to J.F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential polls, but bounced back to become the 37th president of the United States from 1969 to 1974. He had to bow out in shame over the infamous Watergate scandal which showed that he had subverted the integrity of the presidency.

Read More →
Latest

2015 – A year for politics in US

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:56 am   /   Comments

*Obama

THERE is no denying the fact that 2014 was a year few Americans will be in a hurry to forget. It was a year in which the infamous Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) raised brutality to higher pedestals with the decapitation of innocent Americans and people of other nationalities in the name of religion and other banalities the group claims to represent.

Read More →
Latest

U.S. Rapprochement with Cuba

  /   in Dispatches from America 7:08 pm   /   Comments

TO some of his supporters and certainly most of his ideological opponents, President Barack Obama’s rapprochement with Cuba is nothing short of political and diplomatic anathema. The unwritten doctrine is that Cuba is the United States’ eternal enemy

Read More →
Latest

CIA Torture Report

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:31 am   /   Comments

CIA

By Uche Onyebadi IT is not easy for any country to tell the world that it engages in some form of torture in breach of international conventions against inflicting brutality on other human beings in order to extract information from them for whatever reason. It is even more unlikely that a country would publicly do

Read More →
Latest

Police Brutality and Race Relations

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:06 am   /   Comments

A suspected offender being forcefully arrested  by policemen attached to a task force team.

THE hottest issue in the U.S. today arguably is police brutality and its impact on race relations. But, it is not a new topic. Like a dormant volcano, it was activated by the gruesome and apparently unconscionable killing of two African American men by white policemen. Even more infuriating was how the bodies of both men were recklessly allowed to lie in the streets, stripped of any form of human dignity or decency.

Read More →
Latest

College Sports

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:36 am   /   Comments

MY normal Saturday morning rituals consist of tracking local and international news and watching the English Barclays Premier League football, or soccer as the game is known in the United States. Last Saturday, I ignored both rituals. The league had taken a break due to international soccer tournaments in Europe. As for news, I guessed the world would still be there later in the day when I would catch up with what I might have missed earlier. What I did was to watch all sorts sporting activities when I was not grading students’ papers.

Read More →
Latest

U.S.: Politics, Judges and Justice

  /   in Dispatches from America 8:22 pm   /   Comments

tortureAmerica

WITH its huge population of over one billion citizens, India is the world’s largest democracy. But, the U.S. believes it is the beacon of democracy in our world. Last week, U.S. citizens went to polls for the mid-term election.

Read More →
Latest

Mid-term polls in America

  /   in Dispatches from America 1:12 am   /   Comments

America-poll

TODAY, Americans go to the polls in their mid-term elections. These elections come two years into the presidency of every American leader, hence the “mid-term” nature of these cyclical polling.

Read More →
Latest

Shootings in U.S. schools

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:14 am   /   Comments

Shootings

LAST week, 14-year-old Jaylen Fryberg calmly walked to his school, Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington State, and took out his anger on his fellow students. He was armed with a .40 caliber handgun.

Read More →
Latest

Obama’s Credit Card embarrassment

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:45 am   /   Comments

Meal out: Obama said his plastic problems occurred at a restaurant during the U.N. General Assembly last month, which is the same time he visited Estela.

IT seems implausible that the president of the United States of America could have his credit card rejected or declined when he tried to make a payment. But, it happened to President Barack Obama. Before you conclude that it might have been the handwork of some of his Republican Party opponents who were out to embarrass, if not humiliate him, please read the story.

Read More →
Latest

Does America underrate her women?

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:18 am   /   Comments

America women

WOMEN in America have recorded phenomenal achievements and left indelible marks in U.S. history. Take a look at the U.S. Supreme Court. There, three women sit on the bench with six men. This is a statement that women have paid their dues so to speak alongside men in this country that consistently boasts of equal opportunity based on ability, and uses every chance it gets to preach the same message to the rest of the world.

Read More →
Latest

Two Tales of Ebola: Nigeria vs USA

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:20 am   /   Comments

A seller of bananas walks past a slogan painted on a wall reading "Ebola" in Monrovia on August 31, 2014. Liberia on August 30, 2014 said it would deny permission for any crew to disembark from ships at the country's four seaports until the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa was under control. AFP PHOTO

TWO men are reportedly responsible for transporting Ebola to Nigeria and the US. Both men are of Liberian origin. That is where the similarities in the tale end. With its underdeveloped healthcare facilities, Nigeria robustly tackled the problem and now appears to have the situation under manageable control. Unlike Nigeria, the US with its sophisticated medical facilities and high level of preparedness to tackle any health epidemic, approached the issue with underserved levity.

Read More →
Latest

War Against Domestic Violence

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:58 am   /   Comments

Displaced-Syrian-refugees11

With the U.S.-led war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, the war against Ebola, the racial tensions exemplified by the recent killing of Michael Brown by an apparently trigger-happy policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, and all other issues that crowd the official schedule of the White House, the issue of domestic violence in the U.S. has not been getting deserved headlines. But, the issue has refused to drop off the radar of important public issues in the country.

Read More →
Latest

Will 2014 UN General Assembly be different?

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:47 am   /   Comments

UN

THIS time each year, heads of state and government from around the world congregate in New York for their annual ritual otherwise known as the United Nations General Assembly. This body is the main deliberative organ of the United Nations. Expectations are normally high that each of the General Assembly meetings will produce workable resolutions on how to move the world forward and make it a better place for mankind.

Read More →
Latest

Two Governors & U.S. Justice

  /   in Broken Links, Dispatches from America 2:06 am   /   Comments

*Obama

NEWS about the activities of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS, and the International coalition that was formed to deal with the menace of the jihadist group, almost drowned all other notable items on the stable of the U.S. media. Two of those prominent events in the news that occurred as ISIS took

Read More →
Latest

U.S. and the ISIS challenge

  /   in Dispatches from America 1:51 am   /   Comments

Abu Bakr al-Baghdad

THIS is how U.S. vice president Joe Biden last week articulated his country’s resolve to deal with the increasingly vicious fundamentalist, jihadist group of militants known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS: “We came back after 9/11. We dusted ourselves off and we made sure that Osama bin Laden would never, ever again threaten the American people.

Read More →
Latest

Obama: Managing off-shore crises beyond his control

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:06 am   /   Comments

Putin and Obama

WATCHING President Barack Obama as he addressed a number of press conferences last week, I recalled a book we read very long ago titled One Week, One Trouble by Anezi Okoro. It was about an urchin who got into trouble every week. But, the only similarity between Obama and the kid is their overwhelmed demeanor as both characters in their various ways and in different climes and era encountered a kettle of troubles.

Read More →
Latest

The fall of the ‘unfallable’ of U.S. politics

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:51 am   /   Comments

*Obama

NIGERIAN politician and wordsmith of blessed memory, K.O. Mbadiwe, used to coin phrases and make sentences that dressed up the English language in regal and enigmatic robes. He once described himself as “a man of timber and calibre” and always cajoled his opponents that he was capable of “cementing the cementables” as well as being a man of action “when the come comes to become.”

Read More →
Latest

Drumbeat for another U.S. war in Iraq

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:26 am   /   Comments

President Barack Obama of the United States

YOU would think that former U.S. vice president Dick Cheney might be the last person to ever make a public statement about going to war again in Iraq, given the fact that he was the prime architect of the U.S. debacle in that country over what turned out to be some phantom weapons of mass destruction being built by late dictator, Saddam Hussein.

Read More →
Latest

Power Struggle & US Senate Primary Elections

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:41 am   /   Comments

Mrs. Hilary clinton

THE frenzy and fury which heralded the mid-May U.S. Senate primary elections clearly underscore the importance of that institution in the governance of the country.

Read More →
Latest

Super Eagles, U.S.A. and Brazil 2014

  /   in Dispatches from America 1:49 pm   /   Comments

UNITED STATES, JACKSONVILLE : JACKSONVILLE, FL - Forward Jozy Altidore #17 of the United States shoots and scores his second game of the game behind defender Joseph Yobo #2 of Nigeria during the international friendly match at EverBank Field on June 7, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida. AFP

I WATCHED the Super Eagles take a 2-1 beating in the hands of Jurgen Klinsman’s U.S.A. team,in the company of some Kenyans and a young Nigerian friend on a visit from Columbus, Ohio. Watching the Super Eagles with Kenyans is almost as good as watching the match in Lagos or Abuja. Kenyans always amaze me with their knowledge of Nigerian star footballers, from the golden days of Rashid Yekini down to the modern era.

Read More →
Latest

How the West beats the rest of us

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:46 am   /   Comments

Britain's Queen Elizabeth (L) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, standing onboard the Spirit of Chartwell during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London. Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's 90-year-old husband, was hospitalised June 4, 2012 with a bladder infection and will miss the rest of her diamond jubilee celebrations, Buckingham Palace said.   AFP PHOTO

THE late Guyanese scholar and political activist, Walter Rodney, years ago wrote a masterpiece titled “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa.” Today, he might have done some re-thinking and come up with another title that could read “How African leaders further underdeveloped Africa.”

Read More →
Latest

Boko Haram in US politics

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:07 am   /   Comments

Boko-Haram1

ABUBAKAR Shekau must be relishing the fact that his rabid behaviour and manifested insanity are earning him the international notoriety he has been yearning for over the years.

Read More →
Latest

US veterans: Heroes abroad, destitute at home

  /   in Dispatches from America 6:08 pm   /   Comments

US-veterans

IF you go by how successive U.S presidents praise and celebrate the soldiers they send abroad to fight for the honour and defense of their fatherland, you would think that upon their return back home the soldiers who survived the carnage abroad would get the best of what the system has to offer at home. Well, not quite.

Read More →
Latest

Echoes of Racism

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:11 am   /   Comments

Cliven Bundy

IF you have never heard of a man called Cliven Bundy, you don’t have to worry for he is one of those none entities you are better off not knowing. He was not even known anywhere outside his small village in the state of Nevada, that is, until recently when he singlehandedly challenged the might of the U.S. federal government – and won, even if it is a pyrrhic victory!

Read More →
Latest

United States of Guns

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:15 am   /   Comments

Assault rifles seized from criminals by the police in two weeks. Photo by A S Muhammad, Kano

THE US human population is about 315 million. And the US gun population is about 313 million. Statistically speaking, therefore, every U.S citizen, old or young, sane or with mental problems, could potentially own a gun or have access to it.

Read More →
Latest

Admitting a mistake and fixing the problem

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:37 am   /   Comments

*Obama

UNTIL recently, Kathleen Sebelius was the U.S. Health Secretary. As April unfolded, she sent in her letter of resignation to her boss, President Barack Obama. That move caught practically everyone by surprise because there was hardly any indication that she was about to quit. But she did, and it was not a forced move as the highly authoritative New York Times newspaper reported that she quit entirely of her own volition.

Read More →
Latest

Blaming Obama over Putin’s Crimea

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:02 am   /   Comments

ukraine11

ARIZONA’S Republican Senator, John McCain, is a rarity in politics. He speaks his mind, no matter who is being comforted or afflicted. With him, you do not have to fear being taken through a labyrinth of circumlocution and rhetoric on issues. So, when he castigated President Obama and called him the “most naïve president” in U.S. history on foreign policy, and more directly for not standing up to Russia’s Vladimir Putin on his annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, Senator McCain meant what he said and said it as he saw and understood it.

Read More →
Latest

Litigating Gas Flaring in the U.S

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:12 am   /   Comments

gas-flaring

THE history of crude oil production in Nigeria informs us that the Shell Oil Company was the first to discover oil in commercial quantity in Nigeria.

Read More →
Latest

Litigating Gas Flaring in the U.S

  /   in Dispatches from America   /   Comments

*Gas flare

THE history of crude oil production in Nigeria informs us that the Shell Oil Company was the first to discover oil in commercial quantity in Nigeria. The location was Oloibriri (now in Bayelsa State), and the year was 1956. Two years later, Nigeria’s first consignment of crude oil was exported from the Oloibiri oil fields. But what is not well advertised is the fact that gas flaring has been taking place in Nigeria since 1958. The ecological disaster and associated consequences of gas flaring in Nigeria have been well-documented, and do not constitute the main objective in this dispatch from America.

Read More →
Latest

Surprise celebration of Nigeria in U.S. press

  /   in Dispatches from America 7:45 pm   /   Comments

Nigerian soldiers lowering the Nigerian flag at Bakassi following the ceding of the territory to Cameroun

IT is not often that Nigeria or indeed any developing nation gets applauded in the Western media. The issue has to be undeniably and incredibly worthy of celebration for it to be given space or airtime in the press. Such is the case of Kenya’s Lupita Amondi Nyong’o whose sterling performance in 12 Years a Slave earned her an Oscar.

Read More →