International Politics

I begin by saying that I have not seen or read the full agreement that President Obama, his foreign secretary, John Kerry and other countries negotiated with Iran. What I know about it is from the snippets that I read in the media. Those snippets say that Iran is allowed to retain her capacity to keep enriching uranium provided that she allows the International community to monitor its nuclear programs. I understand that the plan does not stop Iran’s nuclear activity. She is to do so in the next six months while a more thorough agreement is negotiated between the…
The United Nations Organization is currently having its annual meeting at its Headquarters at New York City, New York, USA. Many heads of states from around the world are at New York attending their annual jamboree. At these meetings, many of the attending heads of states give speeches; some are listened to and some are tolerated; indeed, some give their speeches to an empty auditorium. Mr. Goodluck Jonathan is one of those whose speeches are not listened to by most heads of states. They are not listened to because the countries they represent are not considered important players at the…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 22:31

Brazil on My Mind!

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I am doing this piece as part of the events marking the 53rd anniversary of Nigeria’s independence which will be celebrated on October 5th with a parade on Second Avenue in Manhattan by Nigerian Americans drawn from all parts of the United States. It is a parade Sahara TV based in New York encourages and celebrates with pomp and pageantry befitting the most populated country in the West African sub region with so much potential but so little to show for it. Sahara TV an NGO based in the greatest city in the world, to borrow a cliché from Dr.…
Today is the twelfth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 Arab-Muslim terrorist attack on America. Let us use the occasion to learn the need to elect real leaders for America, not fickle and feckless school boys as our leaders. Just thinking that Barack Obama was the President on September 11, 2001 makes one shiver; we need strong leaders not wimpy persons like Barack Obama. Obama Shows why people should take their time in electing their leader Ozodi Osuji It is clear to me, as it probably is to most Americans, that Barack Obama is not a decisive leader; he is…
This piece is part of a lecture on International Relations. It might help the reader to think through his response to the Syrian saga that we are currently witnessing, and grappling with what to do about it. Idealism And Realism In International Politics: The Syrian Question Ozodi Osuji, PhD INTRODUCTION: International Politics, aka International Relations, like everything in our human existence is influenced by our belief systems, our ideologies. Political actors in the international arena come to it with certain presuppositions and preconceptions about whom they are, who human beings in general are and what the world is all about.…
The conferees that gathered at Philadelphia in 1787 to draft the US Constitution were mindful that the English King, George and European kings in general had tremendous power; those kings claimed what they called divine right of kings; they saw themselves as the elect of the Gods, as God’s stewards on earth; they saw themselves as chosen by God to do with the people as they pleased. Thus, they went to war on the whim and sacrificed the lives of young people, not to talk about the needless suffering they brought to their nations. All you had to do is…
This essay points out that naïve political leaders who are not cognizant of the evil in human beings and, more importantly, eschew using violence and coercion to shape international politics often end up causing the explosion of the international arena into major wars. Barack Obama’s obvious naiveté in many areas of politics and refusal to take decisive action in the Middle East, even in Africa has allowed wounds to fester and some of those wounds seem about to explode into major regional wars. By Their Fear Of Wars Weak Leaders Cause Major Wars Ozodi Osuji I have closely watched President…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 19:09

Mark Antony, From The Rubbles Of Julius Caesar

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What you are about to read is an analogy emanating from the disquiets between Mr. President and the governor of Rivers State, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GCFR) and Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi respectively on the one hand and the story of Julius Caesar of the Roman Empire on the other hand. Jonathan and Amaechi were citizens of the old Rivers State created by General Gowon on 27th May 1967; now separated by the creation of Bayelsa State by General Abacha in 1996, to which Mr. President is a native citizen. Both of them belong to the Nigerian ruling Peoples Democratic…
Sunday, 28 April 2013 22:21

Arabs And White Men Are Cowards!

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This essay points out that white Americans fear of alienating Muslims lest Muslims attack and kill them shows that they are a fearful and cowardly people and that their historic evil towards black folks is explained by their fearful and cowardly nature; it says that courageous persons love and serve social interest rather than abuse their fellow human beings. Arabs And White Men Are Cowards! Ozodi Osuji Like many oppressed black folks I was motivated to understand the white man. I read the literature on why he did what he did, such as enslave Africans and discriminate against black folks…
- However, with inflation dropping, the likelihood of ECB monetary assistance to support the economy may be rising. The unemployment rate across the eurozone in January rose to a fresh record high of 11.9% in January. However, headline figures continue to mask huge country level variations, and the goods news, especially in the context of declining inflation, is that the likelihood of further monetary assistance from the ECB may be rising. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate across the eurozone in January rose to an all-time high of 11.9%, up from 11.8% in the previous month. One year earlier, in January…
Friday, 18 January 2013 10:08

Who are the Sunnis and the Shiites?

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In 622 AD, Mohammed founded the first Islamic State in Medina, a city in Saudi Arabia, north of Mecca. There are two branches of the religion he founded. Sunnis and Shiites. In the Christian world, it is similar to Catholics and Protestants. About 70-90 percent of Muslims are Sunnis, while about 10-20 percent are Shiites. Sunni is an Arabic word for followers-followers of Mohammed. Shiite came from Shiat-Ali “partisans of Ali”, after the Prophet's cousin and son in law whom they favored to be Caliph. In time, they became known as Shiite. Though they have differences, they also have commonalities.…
Since a Brotherhood candidate, Mohammed Morsi won the last Egyptian presidential elections, the organization has come under increased scrutiny. Most people outside the Arab world do not know whom they are or what they stand for. Since the brotherhood came to power under the Freedom and Justice Party platform, tension has increased in Egyptian society. There is increased strife between Christians and Muslims. Christians are terrified and are emigrating in large numbers to the United States and Europe. Millions of Egyptians are beginning to believe that they are moving from an Islamic State to a Theocratic State. So who are…
Sunday, 02 December 2012 01:20

Another Reason Why Nations And Empires Fall

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Many hypotheses have been presented as to why nations and empires fall. While acknowledging the validity of those hypotheses, this paper added another hypothesis on why nations and empires fall. It says that people become secure in their delusion of worth and forget that their lives are at the mercy of other human beings. Out of the delusion of importance people do what hurts other human beings. At some point those they hurt become realistic about human nature and accept that people are existentially not different from animals and trees. Just as you can cut down animals and trees you…
Monday, 01 October 2012 16:20

The Bakassi Injustice

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Secretary General Kofi Annan when he was in office, was the mediator, who also chaired what is now known as three party summit with the two countries' presidents on 15 November 2002, which established a commission to facilitate the peaceful implementation of the ICJ's judgement. A further summit was held on 31 January 2004. Even though these summits made significant progress, but since the summit left out the major stake holders, the people whose future and destiny will be forever affected by the summits outcome. The final resolution has created, huge problem because the Bakassi people will not have none…
Two interesting incidents that played out on the international scene recently clearly underlined the profound confusion of values that has crept into Western policies and attitudes towards President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. Late in May, the United Nation’s World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) announced the choice of President Mugabe as a United Nations Ambassador for Tourism, despite the fact that the international travel ban and other sanctions imposed on him by the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) were yet to be lifted. He was warmly welcomed into the prestigious “leaders of tourism” group with his Zambian counterpart, Michael…
This essay says that human beings are aware of their finitude, the fact that they are born and must die (they actually start dying from the moment they are born). Human beings do not want to die. They are afraid of death. Their fear of death has ramifications on their behaviors. The essay explores some of those ramifications, especially conservative political ideologues’ emphasis on spending on national security at the expense of social spending. The essay says that whereas nation-states need to protect their people with military, police etc. that what gives human beings security is love. The essay may…
This paper points out that the reason why terrorists are able to exercise power and control over people, get them to do what they want them to do, is because people are born with a propensity to fearing death. As long as the individual is afraid of death and wants to live at all costs those willing to kill him will get him to do what they want him to do. Since most human beings are afraid of death it follows that terrorism as a phenomenon will always be part of human beings and their society. We live in the…
This essay points out that for much of the history of mankind wars and other natural and social measures reduced the population of mankind and kept it to a reasonable level. With the improvement in standards of living and less tendency to go to war most people are now surviving young adulthood to adulthood. The paper says that war could be used as national policies to prune the human population and get rid of undesirable persons, such as anti-social personalities and homosexual persons. This essay is an exercise in political realism and would not appeal to idealistic and sentimental people.…
We are living in precarious times, in one of those times when exhausted old empires collapse and for a while there is chaos before new empires emerge. Think of the collapse of Rome and the ensuing chaos and dark ages before Northwestern Europe emerged as the new power center of the world. Northwest Europe, the present dominators of the world and their American satellite appear on the precipice of collapse. So, what is Africa going to do about this situation? Wait for others to emerge as powerful and come enslave and colonize her, again? WHAT IS AFRICA'S ALTERNATIVE TO SOCIALISM…
Abstract: Upon appraising the corrupt governments of this world we are tempted to think that there could be governments that are not corrupt, that are ideal. Those with Christian background are tempted to think that it is possible to have a Christ type government on earth where the leaders serve the peoples social needs. This essay says that we cannot have completely social serving governments on planet earth because the nature of the earth is as Thomas Hobbes (Leviathan) depicted it. People are inherently self-centered and will always seek their self-interests ahead of other people's interests. Governments are drawn from…
A Must Read For All Muslims Aspiring To Modernization Nafata Bamaguje: I must tell you that I am very proud of you. What you wrote below is a masterpiece of understanding; I recommend that all Muslims read it. It really does not need any additional information to buttress its thesis. However, let me add my own take on what Muslims need to do to join the modern world. Muslims must undergo the process the West did to become secularized and open minded. I am sure that you understand the process the West went through but since this is an open…
This paper says that the familiar nostrums on how to jumpstart problematic Western economies are probably not going to work because Europe’s relationship with Asia has moved from colonial and neocolonial to equal hence Europe could no longer exploit Asia. It says that in time Europe would discover a new economic theory that would be based on real competition and not exploitation of the masses. As for Africa it says that hopefully at some point black folk would start doing something to help themselves instead of live like helpless children who merely complain about their issues and do not attempt…
Summary Who cares about Nigerian medical degrees losing prestige? The politics of money eclipses any care for the people. is it any wonder that serious countries will eliminate the automatic registration/licensing of Nigerian graduates? Fortunately, we have some news that doctors fair better economically these days, especially those who interface with government services as many provisions that alleviate their poverty status are being addressed. Reversing the corruption opens up the can of worms called ineptitude, and this can be addressed in-house in order to reverse our academic fortunes through more progressive commitments. Politics of foreign income The politics of money…
In his 2012 feast of Maundy Thursday homily, his Holiness was quoted as follows: “…Pope Benedict XVI in a stern Holy Thursday homily denounced “disobedience” in the Roman Catholic Church, chastising priests who sought the ordination of women and the abolition of priestly celibacy. Referring to recent efforts by clerics in Austria and elsewhere, Benedict said that although such priests claim to act out of “concern for the church,” they are driven by their “own preferences and ideas,” and should instead turn toward a “radicalism of obedience” —..” I wish that his Holiness could reconsider his views and look kindly…
The question “is ICC for Africans only” is legitimate question to be asked and answered. The question has been asked, but I doubt that any answers could be expected especially from those who are best qualified to answer it: the West. My brief answer is yes ICC is mostly for “African criminals.” This is not to say that there are only African criminals. No, far from it. There are war criminals everywhere. But do not expect to see the young man who went into Afghan villages and slaughtered 9 children, some women and men. He will NEVER be tried as…