U.S. Affairs

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 15:49

The war between Christians and Muslims

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Ollie Ogunmokun: if I read you right you said that Christians committed similar mayhem as contemporary Muslims do. You gave the example of the crusades and Spanish Inquisition. Your point is that violence is not restricted to Muslims alone. Ok. Let us talk about the crusades a bit; I do so to show that it was in response to Muslims violence. Mohammed heard his voices telling him to establish Islam in 610 AD. Thereafter, his fellow Meccans thought that he was a lunatic and chased him out of Mecca. He ran to Medina in 622 AD. Over there he gathered…
A Letter To Mr. Marvin Robinson, An Avid Supporter Of Hillary Clinton Ozodi Osuji Mr. Robinson, I have followed your rather unabashed support of Hillary Clinton. It is a free country and, as such, you have a right to support whoever you wish to support. However, I would like you to think about the consequences of another four years of Obama/Hilary type cultural and religious relativism in America. Both of those interesting characters are loved by Muslims. Why? Muslims want liberal Americans to keep talking about the first amendment to the US Constitution that gave us religious liberty. Please note…
If you compare how Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Chancellors are elected or picked in many parts of the world, you cannot be wrong if you conclude that the way it is done in America is not only difficult but complex and absurd .It is absurd because decent and qualified people who value their privacy and confidentiality might be discouraged from running for public office in America where the life of anyone who will be President becomes an open book for every Dick and Harry. Many candidates who eventually become Presidents start the process years before the actual election and they…
The only reason Bernie Sanders has not yet ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination what this article is all about. Those make-believe polls that keep projecting Sanders as a better candidate against a Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton are nothing but a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury signifying nothing as I would show with the remaining paragraphs of this write-up. Keep in mind that Hillary has so far beaten Bernie Sanders both in the popular vote and in pledged candidates across the board as we speak. The last time I checked Hillary was beating…
When many of us in the third World say America is the greatest country on Earth, we make that statement in deference to the greatest generation that tom Brokaw wrote so eloquently about, There are four Americans that readily come to mind in my own world. The first is John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The second is Martin Luther King. The third is Mohammed Ali. The fourth is Willian Jefferson Clinton fondly renamed "Omobowale" meaning "Our own child has returned home". The fifth is Barack Hussein Obama, the first black President, a man with no blemish and a man with not a…
If Harambe the Gorilla was a counter-puncher with an inflammable temper like Donald Trump, he probably would have strangled the 4 year old intruder that recently fell from nowhere into his home and space at the Cincinnati Zoo. I was scared to death as I watched the little boy being dragged around in the shallow pond like a rag doll by the 450 pound Gorilla. Like every Grandpa in America, I was petrified that little boy could easily have been one of my grandkids. It was the closest I thought that boy ever got to instant death from a beast…
The world must take Mr. Donald Trump seriously. Very seriously. I was among the many people who in the pre-season declared clearly and loudly that The Donald was not going anywhere. That was then. This is now. He has taken on the Bush Dynasty and crushed it. He faced off a fellow billionaire, with Massachusetts’ governorship experience, and with successful business experience and political DNA in his heritage (Mitt Romney) and crushed him. He has gone after the war veteran icon, war prisoner, a successful senator, heir to a great military tradition, and deal maker extraordinary, Mr. McCain and made…
I cannot think of a better time to do this article than this Memorial Weekend when the whole nation pays its tribute to the unknown-soldier with the first black President leading the ceremony and laying a wreath at the tomb of thousands of American soldiers buried at Arlington Cemetery at our nation's capital. We can never fully repay the debt we owe to the millions of soldiers who make the supreme sacrifice for our nation in uniform. I am writing this as a father of two young men currently serving proudly in the US Navy. I make the observation as…
This piece is part of a long letter to a Nigerian Muslim who had accused me of hating Muslims. I do not hate Muslims; however, I detest their quick resort to violence in converting folks to their religion. Folks should only use persuasion and reason to persuade people to their point of view. I am agnostic; I am in line with French philosophers, such as Descartes, Voltaire, Rousseau and Diderot; I am a humanist, not a religionist; I believe that we can use pure reason to solve our issues; nevertheless, I suspect that life is more than meets the eyes;…
The outspoken Mr. Donald Trump is in many ways the best Republican in US. He is voicing the true republican feelings and beliefs and many Americans see the truth in his message. He is not always wrong and in fact he is right more times than he is wrong. That is why millions of Americans are voting for him and thronging to his events by the thousands. Baring a miracle, Mr. Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination during the Cleveland Convention in July in the first and only ballot. Those who do not like him or his style but…
Donald Trump believes it is better to double down on how he has managed to blackmail and defeat 16 better qualified candidates that he ran against to become the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. It is so because the Party is so pathologically desperate to win back the White House by all means that they would cling to a snake like a drowning man. With Donald Trump as its flag bearer, the grand old Party has hit a new low in American politics. I dare say that the Party is just about ready to wire itself with dynamite and…
Sunday, 08 May 2016 21:49

My ambivalence towards Donald Trump

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Donald Trump And I, The Dance Of Love And Hate Ozodi Osuji Years ago, I read The Donald's book, "The Art of the Deal" (New York: Random House, 2006; 384 pages). I even went to a workshop based on the book. Eventually, I saw the book and the workshop based on it as another American flimflam; I dismissed them and moved on with my life. Thereafter, I did not pay more attention to the Donald. The Donald came back into my consciousness when he was harassing Barack Obama by questioning his Americanness; he insisted that Obama was not born in…
I love America too much than for me to keep quiet or look the other way when I see some development that could well endanger my short term interest and the long term interest of my children and grandchildren in a country I am proud to call my second home away from home. I am an American by choice and by naturalization. I can be everything in America but President, but I am a happy man that no less than 10 out of my 13 grandchildren who were born in this country can be President of the greatest country on…
It seems that the 2016 general elections field is set as a completion between Clinton and Donald Trump. In my previous essays I had posited that Mr. Trump would go nowhere; that he was a joke. I had asked democrats to help Mr. Trump to win the GOP nomination since he would be a push over. Well, Mr. Trump has won by engineering a hostile takeover of the Republican Party. And he did it by using GOP money to win. He may still build the Mexican wall which Mexico would pay for. Mrs. Clinton; the ides of March has come!…
The longest reigning Deji of Akure, Kabiyesi Erinlakatabu Oba Afunbiowo Adesida the First my grandfather who reigned from 1897 to 1957 had a reservoir of proverbs and stories that became part of his imperishable legacies in Akure till tomorrow. Few of those proverbs and words of wisdom still resonate with me more than 60 years later as one of his many children and grandchildren raised in his Palace. GrandPa once called an abusive husband who beat up his wife so bad and was brought to the Palace to apologize and to make peace with his wife who was asking for…
Fans of this column will recall that I predicted it more than a year ago that the 2016 American presidential election is going to come down to a rumble in the jingle between two American political Dynasties of Bush and the Clintons. That was before Donald Trump threw his hat to the ring. I initially thought like most Americans and people around the world that his candidacy was a joke and nothing more. I felt that way in my heart because I have been a victim of a Real Estate salesman like Donald Trump and I would be the last…
I said it before, and I say it again that American Politics is a jigsaw puzzle compared to how Politics is played elsewhere around the world. You have not seen anything like it. Added to that mix are Nigerian Facebook pundits who are now two for a penny in America, if you have been paying as much attention a as I do. Only in America! When you add into the mix, the Nigerian factor and mindset of Nigerian Facebook pundits which include individuals like Sunday Iwalaiye, Mayowa Adeleye, Laolu Fasuyi, Professor Ozodi Osuji, Alex Kaaba, Chika Onyeani,Alex Omeke, Wande Agunloye,…
The failure of the most recent Republican Revolution is now manifest to every American and world leaders except for the current leadership of GOP, but even they have may doubts as expressed by their body language regarding the remaining Republican presidential candidates. In this election cycle party elders have shown their dissatisfaction with Ted Cruz questioning his eligibility for the presidency of the United States; other party leaders have coalesced under a semi organization as the Stop Trump Movement due to the utterances of Mr. Donald Trump who they believe does not represent GOP positions on the affairs of the…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:07

America is a cage

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I now understand why they call political systems political systems. These systems are closed and internally reinforce themselves and do not tolerate any information and behavior that is antithetical to their survival. America is a closed political system; it rewards Americans who support it; it gives them good jobs and promotes them and they feel that life is good; those who oppose it are shut out of all positions of power and kept out. America polity rewards those who help it maintain itself in existence; it selects those who support it; its gatekeepers scrutinize all people and keep out those…
When I was a student at the Royal Institute of Public Administration at Mabledon Place, near Euston Station in London, I used to be a frequent visitor to the Public Gallery and the Library of the mother of Parliament otherwise known as the British Parliament or Westminster. I went to both places to read and to watch some of the Parliamentary debates and to listen to some of their amazing legislators speak what is now universally defined as "Queen's English". You do not make it to the British Parliament if you do not pass the litmus test as a public…
Since the beginning of this election cycle, both the democratic and Republican guns have been aimed at the Republican candidate for President, Mr. Donald Trump. Mr. Trump had said a few things that the GOP holds as truth but he had said them in a manner that made it clear to ordinary Americans what the positions mean in practice. For instance he said that if women commit a crime (an abortion for example) they should be punished. In the past the Party merely stopped at making abortion illegal without saying expressly that women would be punished. Now women know the…
Tuesday, 05 April 2016 06:10

On the oppressors of the people

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Police Officers, Judges And Prison Wardens Are Oppressors Of The People Ozodi Osuji I had not given the role of police officers, the judicial system and prisons much thought until recently when a police officer treated me rudely. This is now how I see these folks. Police men exist to make sure that the people live in accordance with the extant social order. If you live as society and its laws expect you to live they leave you alone. On the other hand, if you deviate from the laws of current society police men will arrest you and bring you…
There is only one point in which all American Politicians, Democrats and Republicans, agree on: Mr. Donald Trump is not prepared to be the President of these United States (USA). Each party is hell bent to ensure that Mr. Trump does not emerge as the GOP nominee and each party has devised strategies to deny Trump the nomination. GOP leadership are uniting behind the much hated Ted Cruz in an effort to make sure that the party has a brokered convention where the leadership would chose somebody else from “a smoke filled backroom.” Even the usually gentlemanly Mr. Obama who…
I think more frequently about death today not because I am sick or clinically depressed or suicidal like my learned Professor, Ozodi Osuji of Alaska could easily diagnose if it is true because he knows me now like a book. I am that way because I now realize than ever before that I am no longer the proverbial cat with 9 lives I thought I was. I reflect more today on my late parents but more so on three other individuals. The first is my late wife. The second is my first daughter who died very young in a motor…
I am an idealist; as such, I do not like to see people around me suffer; in fact, when people around me are in pain I can hardly sleep; it is as if I believe that I have no right to be happy if those around me are unhappy. It is from this idealistic frame of reference that I look at president Obama. The man appears to be at peace with himself and seems happy while all around him is death and suffering. I ask myself: how can that man be happy given that he has it in his power…