U.S. Affairs

Friday, 01 May 2015 20:51

Hier stehe ich. How About You?

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At the Diet of Worms (The Church Convention) in 1521 friar Martin Luther was ordered to appear before the princes of the Holy Roman Empire (Princes Temporal and Princes Spiritual).The Church was threatening and demanding that he recant his 95 Theses (why selling of indulgences was wrong) . After making his case he raised his hand and declared “hier stehe ich” German for Here I stand. He was standing by his Theses. The year 2015 is presenting Blacks all over the world a chance to say here I stand. Where do you as a person stand on the revolution going…
The American presidential election is roughly 18 months away. The two major political parties and their contenders are busy getting themselves ready for a contest that may well turn out to be the most expensive in the history of the United States. The contenders in the Republican Party are no less than 10 candidates while the contenders in the Democratic Party are 5 or less the last time I checked. Some are in the contest not to win but to make a statement. Some are in it to chart a new course for a career or visibility in American politics…
I take off my hat for the Nigerian-born Professor Ozodiobi Osuji, a popular columnist of the Chatafrik website. He is the best psycho analyst I have ever met in my life. I used to think one of my professors in Psycho Analysis at the Yeshiva Jewish University of New York was the best until I stumbled on some of the scholarly writings of Professor Osuji. I call him the boss because I am his student. I drink so much from his fountain of knowledge. I am yet to meet a more truthful Nigerian intellectual giant who does not spare anybody…
Republican are wrong to say that any deal with Iran is a bad deal without knowing the details. The Igbos in Nigeria got it right when they say, "no condition is permanent". Socrates was right when he said that anything made by man and even things made by God Almighty himself can be infinitely improved. Those who say there is nothing new under the Sun are dead right. Those who daily carry the rumor that the world is about to come to an end are nothing short of fear mongers and alarmists. When William Shakespeare wrote that "the old order…
Saturday, 07 March 2015 23:33

The Costly Education Of John Boehner

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The Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu (BN) enjoys wasting America’s human lives and resources. He will dissemble, mislead, and cause dissensions in internal American politics, and do whatever it takes to get Americans to fight his dirty wars while he spares Israeli lives. This time around he is playing Mr. John Boehner (JB) as football and to some extent playing the entire Republican Party. The cost of educating JB has been very expensive. The cost to US security and prestige is enormous. The cost to Israel may even be higher, but that would have to wait. 1. JB has…
In this paper I point out that America replaced Christian love with ego, amoral legalistic behavior and the consequences for America for doing so. If the country does not return to love there is every chance that she would turn into Sodom and Gomorrah. According to History, Emperor Constantine accepted Christianity in 312 AD and forced his people to embrace that religion; thus, Europeans in varying degrees have been Christians for seventeen hundred years. Anyone who has read the Bible, the sacred book of Christians, sees that the founder of that religion, Jesus Christ taught his disciples to love God…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 15:40

Natanyahu is neither Churchill nor Mandela.

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A 25 very partisan standing ovation for a foreign head of Government in a joint session of Congress makes the Natanyahu a political stump speech that neither Churchill nor Mandela could have made because the two leaders were far more sensitive and rational than Natanyahu in my judgment I take exception to the speech just like Nancy Pelosi because I believe it was designed to box the American President into a corner against its own better judgment and discretion on a world problem that America alone can never solve without the collaboration and cooperation of important and powerful nations like…
Next week the Israeli Prime Minister Mr. Netanyahu will address the joint session of US congress. It is expected that he would tell congress that the peace deal being negotiated by the US President Mr. Obama is wrong and must be changed. He might propose the “right” foreign policies US would pursue. Mr. Obama has made it clear that he would not meet with Netanyahu during the visit and some democrats have indicated that they may not attend the joint sessions. Mr. Netanyahu was invited by the Republican leadership in Congress to address Congress in a spur of the moment…
“Only in America” is a cliché that the whole world has become accustomed to. America leads the world in most indices of development and progress. Even a blind person can feel it. Strange and great things happen in America all the time as America maintains her reputation as “God’s own country” and “Leader of the Free World” by choice and by acclamation. It was here in America that I witnessed a dead senator beat a living Attorney-General of the United States in an election in Missouri some years ago. America led the world in landing the first man on the…
Comparing America with Nigeria on any issue is like comparing night and day. It is an affair comparison. I am only doing it because there are some useful lessons to learn from it. One is a super power and the leader of the free world and the other is a third world country, but the most populous country in Africa with a potential to be the moral equivalent of America in Africa, if Nigerians get our priorities right. We are miles away from getting those priorities right because of the caliber of our leaders. The country is more often than…
This afternoon I took a glance at CNN to catch up on what is going on in the good old USA. They were reporting that a twenty eight year old black man, Ismaaiyl Brinsley walked to a parked police car, at Brooklyn, New York and point blank shot the two police officers, Wenjin Liu and Raphael Ramos in it. He then fled the crime scene and other police men chased him into the subway and he allegedly shot himself and died. “The New York Daily News, first to identify Brinsley, posted an image of a silver handgun from his Instagram…
Friday, 19 December 2014 16:51

The Caged Obama Is Free, Free At Last.

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The Barack Hussein Obama we elected in 2008/2009 is now the president of United States and the nation will be better for it. It took 6+ years to free him from the shackles that held him but it is worth the wait. To many people Obama was held hostage by the Republican Party (RP), but nothing is further from the truth. He was a captive of his own Democratic Party (DP); the so-called moderate Democrats (MD). The DP was so afraid of losing these moderates that they tied Obama's hands. He could not pursue immigration policies because these MD's would…
In 2002, just before George Bush embarked on his preemptive war against Iraq, I noticed that American newspapers lined up with him, saying something to the effect that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. There was a drumbeat of support for Bush. Congress hastily passed a resolution authorizing Bush to attack Iraq preemptively to destroy nonexistent weapons of mass destruction. Iraq was attacked and no weapons of mass destruction were discovered. During the drumbeat of support for Bush’s war I was shocked at how America’s media without evidence supported their president’s war efforts. I wrote a couple of articles…
Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:06

Why white policemen kill black folks

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It is obvious enough and if you have lived in the USA for any substantial length of time you have observed it. White police men do not respect black folks and treat them in the most inhumane manner. If the black folks so poorly treated act out they are most likely to be arrested, handcuffed, placed in the back seats of police cars and transported to the police station or county jail, booked and locked up. If they are young black boys the white police officers seem invested in humiliating them, showing them who have power. They would push them…
I like discussing immigration issues and why people move as a part of daily conversations in the diaspora. However, this article is about Obama and his action on immigration announced on Thursday, November 20, 2014. I want to see it that sometimes it is not easy to explain and understand the concept of change. Change can be simple or complex, straightforward or multifaceted or diversified. Indeed, change is a function of pluralism – a way of using multiple perspectives to address challenges which humans face in different contexts of life. One leaves one’s home to seek for another home far…
Yesterday (November 20, 2014), Obama made a bold move on immigration matters: allowing illegal immigrants who have been in the USA for five or more years, have children in the country and have not committed crimes to apply for work permit so that they can work, openly, and apply for proper legal status (green card) and go to the back of the line. With a stroke of his presidential pen, Obama has given an estimated five million persons the right to work in the USA. This is by any ones estimation a courageous move; the man has finally acted presidential.…
Forbes Magazine wrote as we shall highlight that President Barack Obama is the best economic president in modern time. Yet the GOP won midterm elections for the wrong reasons built on fear of Ebola, ISIS, and Congressional Gridlock politics. It is defying reason as Obama leads in the theatre of American politics and use of Executive Action like most past presidents on immigration about to happen. The USA Midterm Elections that took place on November 4, 2014 was a further check on President Barack Obama on how the Republicans are interpreting his leadership and calculating to shift his approaches with…
I love the American Democracy better than I love the British version. The Nigerian version makes me wants to throw up because it is so hopeless. Nigerians only embrace Democracy because it is the popular thing to do. We lack the maturity, the discipline and the leadership and the followership and above all the rule of Law to make it work like it does in America or Great Britain or some of the European countries or countries like Canada, Australia, India and South Africa. The Scottish people have been an integral part of the United Kingdom for as long as…
If you are like me you probably have been scratching your head trying to understand the result of the recent midterm election (November 4, 2014) in the USA. The American white people gave the Republican Party control of the two Houses of Congress (Senate and House of Representative). You ask: how could they do that; what good has Republicans ever done for white people other than promise them the impossible: not paying taxes (they always raise taxes when they come to power). As far as I can see, the little good in America was done by the Democratic Party: it…
Benjamin Aduba: One does not know what to make of this your write up. Clearly, it was written tongue in cheek. I failed to grasp the point you wanted to make. Instead of grappling with the double edged message you presented let me tell you how I feel about Obama and Democrats. I made the mistake of voting for Obama when I thought that he is a black man and probably had some unique insights into the race problem of America and would put them to the governance of America. He came to office and forgot that black folks overwhelmingly…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 21:43

Addressing Leadership Challenges In Rural Alaska

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Abstract Leaders are people who have the ability to discern what the group they are part of need and decide to help them meet those needs; they set goals pursuit of which help to accomplish the aspirations of group members. Some say that leadership skills are learned and others say that they are part of the individual’s psychological makeup. Whatever are its roots, what is empirical is that effective leaders quickly discern what needs to be done and go about helping to get them done. They have the ability to organize people to accomplish group goals. Group goals are accomplished…
I take a vacation once a year to the “Grand Ole Opry, the most prestigious shrine of country music in the greatest country on Earth. Now that I am retired and have more time to spare, I plan to go at least twice a year to the music city. I am just in love with America, her uniqueness as God’s own country and the varieties of tourist attractions she offers to the world. I have traveled around the world quite a bit. It is hard to find any other country in my esteem that comes anywhere close to America, all…
I watched this morning with total admiration the debate in the mother of Parliament, the British House of Commons. The session was requested by the British Prime Minister, David Cameron in the name, of her Majesty, the Queen of England who at close to 90 still looks as radiant as ever. Thank God the British has long moved away from the autocratic days of King Henry the VIII who had few of his wives beheaded just because he could. The British now has a ceremonial monarchy where the Queen as an allying symbol and the central glue that binds the…
What makes a great President in a great country like America is determined how the individual’s performance and policies in or out of office may have changed or impacted America for better or for worse and how the whole world and generations yet unborn may have benefitted from the individual’s leadership and vision. George Washington as father of the nation and pioneer President made the list by leading the American war of independence and by laying a solid foundation for America. President Jefferson did it by putting his imprimatur on the American Constitution which is now widely acknowledged as the…
It is hard not to feel nostalgic about the glamour and greatness of the United States as one amazing experiment in human history. She is without any doubt the greatest country on Earth and the only surviving super power. The Soviet Union which had been her closest rival has crashed under her own weight because of the inequities in her Communist System. Her central control system and lack of competition simply could not withstand or survive the resourcefulness and creative genius of the Capitalist System led by America. The Soviet Union should have known a long time ago she could…