Thursday October 2nd, 2014
Thursday October 2nd, 2014
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War Against Domestic Violence

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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.

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Will 2014 UN General Assembly be different?

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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.

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Two Governors & U.S. Justice

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

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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

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U.S. and the ISIS challenge

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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.

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Obama: Managing off-shore crises beyond his control

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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.

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

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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.”

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Drumbeat for another U.S. war in Iraq

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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.

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Power Struggle & US Senate Primary Elections

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:41 am   /   Comments

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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.

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

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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.

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How the West beats the rest of us

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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.”

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Boko Haram in US politics

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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.

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US veterans: Heroes abroad, destitute at home

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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.

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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!

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United States of Guns

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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.

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Admitting a mistake and fixing the problem

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:37 am   /   Comments

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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.

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Blaming Obama over Putin’s Crimea

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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.

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Litigating Gas Flaring in the U.S

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:12 am   /   Comments

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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.

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Litigating Gas Flaring in the U.S

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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.

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Surprise celebration of Nigeria in U.S. press

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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.

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At last, Obama tackles ‘minority’ issues

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:20 am   /   Comments

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AT the outset of his presidency, President Barack Obama must have calculated that it was not in his strategic interest to single out minorities in the U.S. for special attention. His mantra was that he was elected the president of the United States, not of a faction or fraction of its population. It was a way of being politically correct. He needed to serve two terms of office and sending any signal that he would pay more attention to the two most important constituencies that elected him to office – African Americans and Hispanics – may have been politically naïve.

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‘Pussy Riots’& Sr. Rice

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:19 am   /   Comments

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THIS is a tale of two protests; one in Russia and the other in the United States. How both stories were treated in the U.S. press tells yet another story. First, to Russia.

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Waiting for Hillary Clinton

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:10 am   /   Comments

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THE biggest political buzz in the U.S. was, is, has been and will continue to be about Hillary Rodham Clinton, former First Lady, Senator, and U.S. Secretary of State. Will she or will she not contest the presidency? Even without an answer to this question, it appears as if the gods have decided that come November, 2016, the U.S. presidency will be hers. But Hillary is yet to publicly declare her interest in running for the White House.

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American wonder

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:09 am   /   Comments

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THE day was January 21, 2014. I entered my ‘International Media Systems’ class and introduced myself to about twenty American university students who were eager to learn how the media work around the globe. “I’m originally from Nigeria; who knows where Nigeria is located?” I asked. Silence. I repeated the question.

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Accountability in Governance

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Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt (L), US President Barack Obama (C) and First Lady Michelle Obama attending the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg AFP PHOTO / SABC

THE downside to being in public office in the U.S. is becoming an object of intense, and often irritating, highly intrusive and critical, media and public scrutiny. Your action and inaction invariably become subjects of serious debates, even from uninformed quarters and from people with less than noble intentions. What choice do you have? None.

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Dennis Rodman and basketball diplomacy

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‘PING-PONG’ diplomacy paved the way to a political rapprochement between the USA and China in the 1970s. Those were the days of China’s Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, US President Richard Nixon and his diplomatic soldier and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Now, Dennis Rodman is trying to use ‘basketball diplomacy’as an instrument to defrost the ice-cold US-North Korean relations.

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Chris Christie’s Bridge-Gate Scandal

  /   in Dispatches from America 6:39 pm   /   Comments

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NEW Jersey Governor Chris Christie does not see himself as a bully. But his burly physique and tough-talking mannerisms make you want to believe that he is. Now, he is fighting like a bull to clear his name in the on-going ‘bridge-gate’ scandal. If not handled with care, the scandal might scuttle Christie’s unstated but well-known ambition to run for the US presidency in 2016.

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Marijuana paradise

  /   in Dispatches from America 8:56 pm   /   Comments

*Results from the latest NOI Poll showed that 9 in 10 Nigerians believe the highest abusers of drugs and substance are teenagers and young adults aged between 15 and 29 years old.It has also emerged true from this poll that the most abused substance in Nigeria is marijuana.

IF you love the pleasure of smoking marijuana, then the new haven and place to be is a state called Colorado in the United States. And, here are some added incentives for you to go there: you can purchase an ounce of the drug at a time, several times over; you only have to be 21 years old or above to buy the stuff; you don’t even need to be a Colorado State resident to buy or smoke it.

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The case of JahiMcMath

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:00 am   /   Comments

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JAHIMCMATH is neither dead nor alive. It all depends on who you ask; as well as on what you want to believe. Doctors at the Oakland, California, hospital where her body lies have pronounced her brain dead. Three independent physicians have also reaffirmedthat diagnosis.

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The scourge of ‘Afluenza’

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:20 am   /   Comments

Influenza, we know, is a terrible health hazard. “Afluenza,” we might not have heard, is a malignant social disease that assaults the conscience of mankind. Here is a glimpse into how “Afluenza” gobbles up America.

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Much ado about Santa and Jesus

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:00 am   /   Comments

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Oftentimes American media pundits seek solace in discussing issues you might think rightfully belong to a kindergarten class. This is especially true of times when there is a dearth of serious issues to talk about. Or, there could be some serious issues on the table, but some media organizations prefer to shove attention away from such important matters.

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American Conservatives vs Pope Francis

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:30 am   /   Comments

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Pope Francis is Time Magazine’s 2013 Man of the Year. But to the vocal acolytes of the conservative creed in America, the man of God from Argentina is no more than another Fidel Castro dressed up in holy robes. Yes. Less than 24 hours after Time Magazine made the announcement, the far right quickly unleashed their tirade against the pope.

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Wanted: A Nigerian political Floyd Mayweather

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:06 am   /   Comments

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My colleague and I had to forcefully dispossess our wallets of some $64.95 to watch the fight between pound-for-pound pugilist, Floyd Mayweather and Mexican boxing icon, Canelo Alvarez on the night of September 14, 2013.

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