Wednesday April 1st, 2015
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Road rage in America

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road-rage

Road Rage is an international phenomenon. If you have driven a car for any reasonable length of time, you may have encountered this form of rage on a number of occasions. It all begins when the person controlling the other car drives aggressively, leaving you in some form of danger. You honk your horn, and the other person responds in kind. Then, the altercation ensues.

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Letter to Iran, affront to White House

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:44 am   /   Comments

President Barack Obama of the United States

IN a space of one week, U.S. Republican law makers in Congress acted most disrespectfully to President Barack Obama in particular, and the White House in general. First, it was Speaker John Boehner’s undiplomatic snub when he unilaterally invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress, without the courtesy of informing the White House about the invitation.

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Celebrating ‘Bloody Sunday’ in America

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US President Barack Obama (4L), First Lady Michelle Obama (2L), former US President George W. Bush (2R), Laura Bush (3R), and US Representative John Lewis (3L), Democrat of Georgia and one of the original marchers, lead a walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 2015. US President Barack Obama rallied a new generation of Americans to the spirit of the civil rights struggle, warning their march for freedom "is not yet finished." In a forceful speech in Selma, Alabama on the 50th anniversary of the brutal repression of a peaceful protest, America's first black president denounced new attempts to restrict voting rights. AFP PHOTO

BARACK Obama was just about three years old when the police in Selma, Alabama, unleashed unprecedented brutality on a group of “Negroes” marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, to assert their rights as human beings and demanded to be treated as full American citizens.

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Politicking with National Security

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:36 am   /   Comments

HOMELAND

THE primary outcome of the 9/11 attack in the U.S. by terrorists affiliated to al-Qaeda is the intensification of measures to keep Americans safe and secure. Since then, a number of security breaches have occurred, but the country has been relentlessly putting other measures in place to guarantee the safety of her citizens. The call from people in charge of keeping America secure is that the task is something that should involve everyone, because when the terrorists strike, they do not discriminate in the choice of their targets.

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Rudy Giuliani gets nasty with Obama

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:40 am   /   Comments

Rudy Giuliani

JUDGING by the energy Republicans deployed to opening up a number of battlefields against President Obama last week, you might have mistaken the entire scenario for an indication that the president had managed to convince Americans to give him a chance to run for a third term in office. They attacked from all angles, reenacting their plans and vituperations that did not deter Americans from voting twice to confirm Obama as their president.

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Suicide among brave hearts

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YOUR idea of a war veteran might well be that of a fairly old man, an old soldier, retired, with friends and family around him, gleefully telling and re-telling gripping tales about escapades at the battlefield. You might be right. But, that picture of a war veteran might not match a typical, modern war veteran in the United States.

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Journalism as Tribulation

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*Some of the newly acquired gunboats to tackle kidnapping, piracy

YOU may not have heard about an American journalist known as Brian Williams. If so, Wikipedia has this brief introduction: “Brian Douglas Williams is an American journalist who is the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, the evening news programme of the NBC television network, a position he assumed on December 2, 2004.”

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Power show in Washington D.C.

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*Obama

As I began to write this piece, Americans were feverishly expecting the giant clash of football titans in Arizona. It was the 49th SuperBowl competition, the ultimate forum to determine the true champions of American football. Two teams, the Seattle Seahawks (my favourite and defending champions) were about to slug it out with the New England Patriots, a team that has been dogged with controversy over tampering with the footballs they used in the knockout match that earned them a place in the SuperBowl.

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Good governance isn’t by Goodluck

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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan greets 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

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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.

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2015 – A year for politics in US

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*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.

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U.S. Rapprochement with Cuba

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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

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CIA Torture Report

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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

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Police Brutality and Race Relations

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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.

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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.

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U.S.: Politics, Judges and Justice

  /   in Dispatches from America 8:22 pm   /   Comments

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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.

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Mid-term polls in America

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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War Against Domestic Violence

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:58 am   /   Comments

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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?

  /   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.

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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

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U.S. and the ISIS challenge

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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.

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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.

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

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*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.”

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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.

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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

  /   in Dispatches from America 12:07 am   /   Comments

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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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