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  • The enemies of Nigeria as defined by Fani-Kayode is scary
    One could easily have dismissed with the wave of the hand the definition of the former Aviation  Minister and the self-appointed leader and spokesman for the Yorubas. I am inclined to say “like father like son”.  Some younger elements might take the observation as the gospel truth. The man may…
  • President's Jonathan's dream of free and fair elections in Nigeria is possible on two conditions.
    Politicians all over the world, quite often, say one thing behind closed doors and do a different thing for public consumption. The outcome is one step forward and two steps backward which ultimately means retrogression if you get my logic. Those politicians figure out what they think the public wants…
  • On Robin Williams, depression and suicide
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    Jerome: You wanted to hear what I thought is the cause of rich folks killing their selves, as exhibited by Robin Williams’ alleged suicide. I had not read material on why the rich commit suicide, nor have I heard that the rich commit suicide at a higher rate than the…
  • The Crisis of ISIS – A Debacle of a Great Game in Iraq and Syria
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    The Crisis of ISIS – A Debacle of a Great Game in Iraq and Syria Abstract This essay puts the present focus on the crisis in Iraq caused by the ISIS insurgency in the context of the historical and contemporary forces that have shaped and are still shaping the conflict in Iraq and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.It falls in line with…
  • African religions and other matters
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    You do not walk into the same river twice; there is no going back to old Africa; we can only go forward. AFRICAN RELIGIONS AND OTHER MATTERS Ozodiobi Osuji African gods are dead; they died from the moment they allowed non-Africans, such as Arabs and Europeans to enslave Africans. They…
  • Christianity and its Jesus Christ
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    It seems that folks desperately want to believe that God exists and that there is life after they die; they are afraid of finitude, oblivion and hell so they would latch unto any story that seems to promise them better alternatives. This is the skeptic’s view of religion in general…
  • Judaism and Jewish matters
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    What we know about ancient Jews is mostly derived from their religious books, primarily the Torah, the Talmud and the Midrashim.  Religious books are not written as history and therefore it is difficult to tell whether what we read about ancient Jews is accurate or not. What can be inferred…

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  • On Hinduism, Buddhism and other matters
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    I just read Barbara Stoler Miller's translation of The Bhagavad-Gita (New York: Bantam Books, 1986) and Patrick Olivelle's new translation of the Upanishads (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996). In the past I was of the impression that Hinduism was older than these books have now led me to believe.…
  • Taoism, Confucianism and Chinese matters
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    Yesterday, I talked about Hinduism and Buddhism and matters relating to Hindus. Today, I want to talk about the two thought systems that China has contributed to the world, Taoism and Confucianism. If you want to understand the Chinese you must understand these two philosophies. And the Chinese must be…
  • The delusion of a world wide Islamic caliphate
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    From history we learned that there was an Arabic gentleman called Mohammad (570-632 AD) who started Islam in 610 AD and that by the time he died in 632 his religion and its followers had captured all of Arabia and a hundred years after his death his followers had taken…
  • The Crisis of ISIS – A Debacle of a Great Game in Iraq and Syria
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    The Crisis of ISIS – A Debacle of a Great Game in Iraq and Syria Abstract This essay puts the present focus on the crisis in Iraq caused by the ISIS insurgency in the context of the historical and contemporary forces that have shaped and are still shaping the conflict in Iraq and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.It falls in line with…

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  • Writers, Writing on Conflicts and Wars in Africa
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    Writers, Writing on Conflicts and Wars in Africa First published January 5, 2010 Forgetting is the final instrument of genocide. To witness genocide is to feel not only the chill of your own mortality, but the degradation of all humanity… even the most brilliant photography cannot capture the…

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