International Politics

Friday, 24 June 2016 07:35

A quick reaction to the Britexit vote

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A Quick Assessment Of Britain's Exit Vote; One Hour After Thevote Dr. Wumi Akintide: My dear Dr. Akintide, I am sure that you are witnessing the earthquake taking place across the Atlantic pond, in the UK. The British have just voted (by 52: 48) to leave the EU. The intellectual class (which you belong to) felt that there is no way that Britain would leave the EU, that it is not going to happen. But folks like me who pay attention to human minds, to their unconscious wishes, to what they are thinking but are ashamed to say out loud,…
Some people have called the conflict of ages going on around the world the World War III. It has been going on for almost 15 years with no end in sight. If one listens to the likes of Senator John McCain or to any of the Republicans running for office one gets the impression that WWIII ought to be escalated to include Iran and other hated Middle Eastern countries such as Syria or any country or leader who is disliked by Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, the real President of United States. This WWIII could be classified as West vs the Middle…
Dr. Wumi Akintide: Your piece, below, is anointide: This is one of your masterpieces. Thank you. However, I need to correct a misconception under which you seem to be laboring, namely, that war is bad. Apparently, you want to prevent war with Iran at all costs. To the contrary, I want war with Iran. I want it for a different reason, not because I support Republican Party ideologues in America's politics. Have you really thought it through, I mean the issues of war? War is not always the enemy of mankind. War has positive effects. Let us briefly examine the…
The purpose of this essay is to share some thoughts on why the U S Supreme Court's recent decision legalizing same-sex unions is significant, though there are lingering issues of enforcement. We are facing very serious challenges both from within and without. There is a threat from famine, hurricane, tornadoes, and flooding associated with pollution and global warming. Muslim terrorism poses serious threats around the world and in Nigeria, Central African Republic, and at the Winter Olympic Games at Sochi, Russia. No nation is immune from attacks. There is a potential threat from wars we fight to contain terrorism or…
White America uses brutal policemen and crazy white young men to kill black people. America wants a race war so the whites can wipe out their greatest fear of being wiped out by the bourgeoning nonwhite races. When a white man named Adam Lanza walked into an elementary school a few years ago and shot dead little babies. America the epicenter of widening racism rose up to deny: "It's not us." When the infamous white security officer George Zimmermann gunned down a 17-year-old unarmed black teenager named Trayvon Martin, America rose up to applaud and defend one of its own.…
Tuesday, 09 June 2015 06:08

There is no morality in nature

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In nature, that is, existence apart from human beings, there is no good or bad behavior. Animals, for example, kill and eat each other and in doing so survive (but survive for what, there is no reason why they should survive for if there is reason for them to survive then there would be reason why they should not kill each other). Among human beings those called realists actually behave like nature and animals; they do not have a sense of good or bad, they do not have morality; they do that which they believe serves their self-interests, that which…
From the inception of the United States of America (1607) white persons have abused black persons; they used them as slaves (from 1619) to cultivate the land and today continue that abuse in sundry other ways. In just about every encounter a black person has with a white person the white person implicitly says: allow yourself to be abused by me as the only condition of our relationship. I do not think that this social-dynamics is conscious; I think that it is unconscious; that is, the white person unconsciously expects the black person to allow his self to be abused…
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 17:15

How to overcome Muslim terrorism

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Read this essay slowly and carefully. Then put it aside and ponder what it said. If you understand its thesis and practice it no one can intimidate you; terrorists would have no control over you. At present human beings are subject to terrorist intimidation and control because they fear death and desire to live in separated ego selves and the bodies that house them. If you know that your real self is formless spirit terrorist criminals who threaten to kill you cannot control you with their terroristic behaviors. If you do not have fear because you know that there is…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 09:04

Is Robert Mugabe’s Fall Symbolic?

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Not a few across the world are convinced that it has become completely impossible to feel any sympathy for President Robert Mugabe no matter what happens to him. Mugabe’s 35-year old rule which has rewarded Zimbabweans with untold hardship has continued to defy any attempt at rationalization.But when he tripped on a red carpeted staircase last Wednesday (February 4, 2015) and came crashing down to the ground as he descended a podium at the HarareInternationalAirport after addressing a very enthusiastic crowd of Zimbabweans, I could not help nursing some discomfort over the prompt, massive celebrations that greeted the accident across…
Sunday, 18 January 2015 03:35

What do jihadists want---world chaos?

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Human beings are those creatures that ask questions. In that light let me ask: what exactly do Islamic jihadists want to accomplish with their current spate of violence all over the world. What is their end goal, if one may ask them? What are these folks trying to accomplish? They transform wherever they are to chaos, a state of total anarchy (Afghanistan was returned to seventh century state of being; the areas of Iraq that they control is reduced to chaos; Syria is in a state of anarchy; Yemen is what Thomas Hobbes called state of nature where each person…
Monday, 20 October 2014 14:56

The war against ISIS is justified

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The current fight against ISIS (Islamic state in Iraq and Syria) by America and her allies is a continuation of the war that has been going on between Christians and Muslims since the seventh century of our common era. It is a fourteen hundred years old war. The war probably will continue, perhaps in different forms, during the balance of the twenty first century. What we have here is what Samuel Huntington called the clash of civilizations, Christian and Islamic civilizations. Let us, therefore, take some time to understand the issues at stake before we jump into the fray. Judaism…
Listening to what members of the United States Republican Party say on television, one often wonders whether they are insane? I understand that they have domestic audience (some Americans obviously listen to the racist nonsense they spill out) but do they really expect non-Americans to listen to the not so disguised racism they vomit? Or don’t they care? And if they don’t care how exactly are they supposing that the world would join them in carrying out their agenda of world rule? Don’t they fancy their political system the best thing on earth and imagine that they are marketing that…
Thanks to the power of technology. From the comfort of my living room in New York I watched the results of the Scotland Referendum on television and got a better footage of it arguably better than many observers in Scotland because I watched it on 63 inch state-of-the-art Television with the sound effect of a movie theatre. I could not go to bed until the early hours of this morning and after the final tally was announced. I could not help but think about the squander mania and the hopelessness of the Nigerian Government under President Jonathan who has wasted…
Thursday, 18 September 2014 03:15

Plain Lessons from Scotland

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On the eve of the all-important vote for Scotland's separation from UK, a Scottish lad was interviewed on public Radio about why and how he had come to a Yes decision after months of being undecided. He agreed that life was good with the status quo—Scotland in UK, as it has been for three hundred odd years. But, according to him, that's as good as it's ever going to get. On the other hand, there is something liberating about the concept of an Independent Scotland. There is now a chance to do much better, though difficulties may lie ahead. There's…
The Scottish people vote tomorrow in a “Yes” or “No” Referendum that would decide whether or not Scotland stays within Britain or the United Kingdom or goes her own separate way as a fully independent country with no allegiance to Buckingham Palace. If the “yes” vote wins tomorrow, Great Britain would have shrunk to her smallest size since “the British Empire on which the Sun never sets” Prince Philip, the Queen’s husband would have to seek a new title and Her majesty’s Government would have lost one of her crown jewels of a territory without which the North Sea Oil…
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 a policy overseen by the United States which is predicated on the re-drawing of the Middle Eastern map i.e. balkanization and of 'managing' a series of manufactured conflicts which are ultimately designed to protect America's access to the natural resources of the region.This overarching policy accommodates a confluence of interests…
The above statement made by a UN staff named Chris Gunness accurately describes the hopelessness of the Gaza situation as we speak. The man was showing his revulsion on the terrible bombardment by the Israeli forces of the Refugee Camp at Jabaliya in Gaza where a school took a direct hit despite 17 prior warnings from the UN to Israel to not target the Refugee Camp. 19 people mostly women and children were killed on the spot and no less than 90 people injured in just one blast. 1367 Palestinians 315 out of them are children and babies have been…
For as long as I have been alive, Jews and Arabs are at each other’s throats. Arabs, apparently, believe that they own the land on which Jews currently live and see Jews as imposters and want to drive them away. Arabs want to chase Jews out of the Middle East for they seem to believe that Jews do not belong there. On the other hand, Jews believe that they belong there. Since the two have contradictory beliefs they fight each other. Obviously, until the question, who owns Palestine is settled there will be no peace in the land. So, who…
If you agree with the conventional wisdom that life is what happens to you while you are making some other plans, you can clearly see like I do that America has her job cut out for her in Iraq as we speak. I have never been more troubled about the quagmire now developing in the Middle East, and the best America could do is the delicate and fragile road map one of the brightest and resilient American Presidents in recent memory could come up with, because there are no easy answers at all to what is currently going on in…
It is now a “fait accompli” that some powerful elements, if not the majority of Republicans in America are forever tarnished and diminished by their rush to always condemn or criticize the first black President and everything he has done as Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful military in the world. The Republicans have refused to give the President credit where credit is due and they often get away with their racist move on the short run, because not every intelligence report the President has, can be shared in camera or on the pages of newspapers or the social media with…
I woke up this morning to hear the breaking news on BBC on the outcome of the Indian elections which have been going on for weeks in what I call the greatest democracy in the history of the third world. That is if you agree that the Indian nation is even a third world country. Many of you reading this would probably agree it is a misnomer to still classify India as a third world country given her technological breakthrough in the Sciences and Education, her physical development and the sophistication of of her history and culture, and her political…
The one good thing about America is the recognition that Americans like their Yoruba counterpart “do not sleep with their heads pointing in the same direction”. Where 5 Yorubas are gathered to debate any issue of interest to them, you could have as many as 7 or 8 opinions. By the same token, where 5 or more Americans are gathered, you could have as many as 10 to 12 opinions or more because America by their national temperament and disposition do not criminalize dissent like many totalitarian countries like Russia. Freedom of speech or expression is not just a mere…
I own much of what I know today to my education in Nigeria, my education in Britain but more so to my education the United States. The fact that I am even alive I owe first and foremost to the special grace of God my creator and the Alfa and Omega without whom I am nothing. I believe God brought me to America for a purpose. If I never left my home in Nigeria I should have been dead and forgotten more than 5 years ago when I had a back surgery that could easily have killed me. Before I…
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 20:54

Why the West would not go to war with Russia

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My dear Dr. Gloria Johnson: Here is my response to your request that I write something on the seeming looming war between the West and Russia. I do not think, in fact, I know that the USA is not going to go to war with Russia. Why? Russia has enough nuclear weapons to eviscerate the entire USA. In graduate school, when such things interested me, I took classes on US and USSR military strategies. In one course, we actually learned what missiles were targeted at what US and USSR cities. For example, if the US were to make noise, within…
America need not be concerned about what Saudi and Israeli critics are saying about the interim peace agreement just concluded with Iran under Obama’s careful watch. Part of the beauty of American Politics is the fact that there is always room for opposing views in every debate. Human beings will be robots if they all view things the same way all the time. Shakespeare said it best when he said, “sweet are the uses of adversity” if you learn the right lessons from them I will hasten to add. President Barack Obama is a quick study on how to learn…