U.S. Affairs

On October 17, 2013, we were told by the United States Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew that the federal government would run out of money to pay its bills. He asked Congress to raise the debt ceiling to enable his department to be able to borrow money so as to pay the government’s bills. So, what exactly would happen if the Republican controlled Congress (Republicans control the lower House of Representatives; Democrats control the Upper House, the Senate) refuses to raise the debt ceiling, and thus did not permit the executive arm of the government to borrow money to pay the…
You read in history books of how great empires, such as Rome, collapsed. You read the supposed causes of the collapse and cannot understand how such seeming trivial issues that could have been fixed caused the collapse of those empires. You shake your head in despair and hope that it does not happen again. It happened recently in the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in 1991. Before our very eyes it is now happening to the other superpower, the United States of America. Here, you see two political factions each convinced that its view of reality is…
It is 12:30 AM American East Coast time. This means that for thirty minutes now the US government is shutdown. What does that mean and how does it affect Africans? Let me try to see if I can explain what is going on. Like all governments, the US government runs on budgets. Budgets are plans of how much money a government expects to receive in revenue and how it is going to spend it (revenue and expenditure; expenditure is either capital or recurrent). Sometimes, governments do not receive the revenue that they had expected to receive and if they still…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 04:09

Terrorism In America’s Politics

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Dictionary.com defines terrorism as: “The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes; the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization; a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government” Terrorism is any act that intimidates people; terrorism deliberately arouses fear of harm and death in people; this fear is generally obtained by randomly harming and or killing some people so as to make it clear to all people that the terrorist means business and will kill to get what he wants. The terrorist does not use rational persuasion to convince…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 03:59

Paranoia In America’ Politics

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Dictionary.com defines paranoia as: “a mental disorder characterized by systematized delusions and the projection of personal conflicts, which are ascribed to the supposed hostility of others, sometimes progressing to disturbances of consciousness and aggressive acts believed to be performed in self-defense or as a mission; baseless or excessive suspicion of the motives of others”. Paranoia is a Greek word; in Greek it means being besides ones real self. The term is now understood to mean rejecting who one is and undertaking to be a different self, a self-one thinks is better than ones actual self. The paranoid person wears a…
Saturday, 21 September 2013 08:40

Republicans Are Acting Like Terrorists

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Republicans have learned to use threat of shutting down the US government to intimidate Democrats into going their way even when the majority in Congress has passed something into law. Currently, they are making such threats that unless Obama care is defunded that they are going to not approve funding US government. They want to defund Obama care even though a past Congress enacted it into law. That is to say if Republicans do not get their way democratically they use terrorist methods to seek to get it. They are also threatening not to raise US credit limit thus making…
Whatever is the reason why Obama is doing what he is doing, one thing is clear to me: he does not seem a friend of the United States of America. This essay explores the possibility that Obama is an agent of Arab Muslim Brotherhood recruited to work from the inside to destroy America. I consider Obama an enemy of the United States; an enemy of America is my enemy; therefore, the aim of this hostile writing is to help remove Obama from the White House. Is Obama Just Incompetent Or Is He Bent On Destroying America? Ozodi Osuji Today, September…
Generally, I do not like Dinesh D’Souza’s writings but his views on Barack Obama struck me as fairly accurate. He said something to the effect that Obama is stuck in the 1970s radical students’ teaching on anti-colonialism and the USA as an evil force in the world. I went to college in the 1970s/80s and, as such, was exposed to campus ranting about the evil nature of what we used to call US imperialism. In our minds, the USA stood for world domination. We saw the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR as a positive force working against US world…
I will be the last person to write off or condemn the Republicans as merely playing politics with the current but apparent stalemate or cul de-sac on Syria. What they are saying right now is what the majority of Americans are reflecting in most opinion polls. I have seen on Syria. Americans just don’t want their country becoming the 911 or the self appointed Police Man of the world. It is an unsustainable ambition for any nation under the Sun, and Americans should not be foolhardy enough to believe there is never a limit to American Power. I submit in…
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 02:04

Republicans On The Road To Perdition

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---If they defund Obamacare and shut down the Government Major political parties in the most important bastion of Democracy like the United Kingdom and the United States frequently go thru the phase the Republican Party is currently experiencing. The party is increasingly falling out of favor with the great majority of voters in America because of their policies and insensitivity but are just too arrogant or abrasive to admit it, or do a corrective action plan before it is too late. The Democrats under the able leadership of the longest-serving President in American History, Franklin Delano Roosevelt had kept the…
The first part of this series began in November of 2008. In it, we called for a change of racist attitude and behaviour of the Cable Network News, CNN towards other nations, their leaders, and their people. The second part published in September of 2012 called on the citizens of the United States to call a spade a spade in the then political climate that has continued non-stopped to this August day, 11, 2013 in the country. The edition in reference at that time described all the acrimonies, of lies, divisiveness, and all sorts of blackmails, deceptions, and slanders coupled…
Dialogue alone, as suggested by many pundits and commentators including the first American black President and the first black Attorney-General , will not and cannot prevent the Trayvon Martin tragedies from occurring again especially in states where the stand-your-ground Laws, a replica of the Florida statute is already a “fait accompli”. I can tell you that minorities in those states have become endangered species in the hands of legal owners of concealed and deadly weapon who can first shoot to kill and then ask questions later. For such gun owners the obnoxious Law encourages them to not retreat if they…
From the day that the trial of George Zimmerman for killing a black youth, Trayvon Martins, began, I made a bet that he would be acquitted. I simply assumed that a white jury would find him not guilty. Just as I had expected, today, he was not found guilty. The man killed a black boy and walks free. Why not? He killed a person that has no social value and as far as white folks are concerned he did not do more than swat a fly to death. I also made a bet that while the man would be acquitted…
I seize this opportunity to thank hundreds of you who have written to acknowledge and praise the accuracy of most if not all of my predictions on the last Presidential Election and the fact that Obama was going to win with a decent margin, come rain or shine regardless of anything the Republicans might have been doing to make him a one-term President. So sure was Mitt Romney that he did not see the need to prepare a concession speech on election night. The Republicans are still on their way to self-destruct because they are already in a hole and…
Hubris – Selling the War on Iraq” documentary recently aired by MSNBC and moderated by the one and only Rachel Maddow, is a big eye opener to America and the rest of the world. I know the documentary could be dismissed with the wave of hand by individuals like Dick Cheney and some of his cohorts on the extreme right of the political divide who still believe and argue blindly that the 9 year Iraq War was worth every dime spent on it and the toll in bloodshed and collateral damages. Poor Saddam. He did not have a nuclear weapon…
A few years ago, I led a delegation of clergy and lay persons to a meeting at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York. After I was introduced to speak, two well educated ladies walked up to me and asked, “where is Tennessee?”. I couldn't believe it. I was shocked, bewildered, baffled and amused at the same time. I responded to their question with a question. 'Are you serious or joking?' They responded, “We are serious. We think it is probably in that part of the country where rednecks are still lynching folks and people walking bare footed”, they…
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 01:10

Obama's Luo People

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Since Barack Obama became President of the United States, interest has increased about the Luo people of Kenya and the other Luo speaking nationalities in general. So, who are the Luo people? Of the over 42 ethnic groups that make up Kenya, the Luo are one of the most important. The Luo ethnic group is the third largest community in Kenya and makes up to 14% of the entire population. Also found in Uganda, Tanzania and Sudan, they are part of a larger group of ethnolinguistically related Luo peoples from South Sudan to Tanzania. They speak the Dholuo language. Luo…
Friday, 25 January 2013 06:43

The Nigeria Police Force as a Metaphor

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The media buzz last week was President Jonathan’s “unscheduled” visit to the Police College Ikeja (PCI), Lagos. As a public relations stunt, it was a huge success. But beyond the razzmatazz, TV cameras and punditry lies the need for a deep national reflection on not just the collapse of infrastructure and institutions across the country, but also the absence of a reformative national ethos. Unfortunately, this collapse and lack of a reformative national ethos finds expression even outside Nigeria. While the debate on President Jonathan’s visit to the PCI was still on, I spoke with a friend at Georgetown University,…
It is not a new thing to hear that people are gunned down to death. In moments of big and plural crises, particularly war times, guns are displayed and used to subdue the other. That is understandable. But nowadays, the way gun carriers get loose with their guns to end other people's lives is worrisome. In America, to gun down someone to death is like having a fun of life. Pity indeed. I blow your head off. I got him rolling and kissing the grass can sometimes get said in many other ways to poke fun on how those gunned…
Monday, 12 November 2012 00:00

The Obama Victory – Potential Benefits for Africa

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The election of Barack Obama as President-Elect of the United States, while a monumental achievement in the history of American electoral politics, is likely to signal a transformation in American foreign policy towards Africa. As the first American president to have a direct family link to Africa by way of his father who was from Kenya and someone with existing family ties to that East African country, one would expect that American relationship with Africa will change for the better. One will certainly hope that the Obama administration will begin to put pressure on African leaders to transform the continent.…
Monday, 19 November 2012 08:44

Obama Poll successes: Lessons for Nigeria

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The good news from the modern world that Barack Hussein Obama has been re-elected for the second term as the President of the United States of America is really good news, especially for the African leaders to rethink of their responsibilities to their people. The analysts were on the precipice that the election would be close; nonetheless, it is obvious that America politics has interestingly focused on issues. Obama polled 303 Electoral votes and 56,249,290, that is, 50% of the popular votes. While his opponent, Mitt Romney polled 206 Electoral votes amounted to 54,804,177 votes making up of 49% of…
The Republican Party has once again failed to win the US presidency. Although President George Bush II was declared the winner in the 2000 presidential election against democrat Al Gore, it was a controversial election which required the ruling of the US Supreme Court to justify the Bush Presidency. Nevertheless Democrat Al Gore won the plurality of all the popular votes cast in that election. The US Supreme Court halted the recount exercise which was going on in Palm Beach Florida through and declared George Bush the winner. A new trend appears to be emerging, a trend which started with…
Thursday, 08 November 2012 08:19

Voters Close The Deal For Obama/Biden

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Thanks to God first and foremost then to Bill Clinton, Chris Christie, then to Chief Justice Roberts and Hurricane Sandy among others. I am predicting for the final time an Obama victory which will come as breaking news on early projections of election results by CNN as usual before 12 mid night or shortly thereafter on November 6. I am neither a Bishop Olabayo of Taborah fame nor a Pastor T. B. Joshua of the Synagogue who are both famous or shall I say notorious for predicting the outcome of world events like the American presidential election without the benefit…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 14:01

The dream lives on...

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Flailing economy… Stiff Republican opposition… Highly Liberal agenda… Heavy funding of opponent… Racism… WIN! Even as the pundits are spinning President Obama’s win as a fluke resulting from narrow wins in key states, we must pause to acknowledge the enormity of the feat. This is a president who has been unable to deliver on major 2008 campaign promises due in large part, to a Republican Congress. Indeed, his lack of delivery caused many 2008 supporters to turn away from him in this election. Coupled with a flailing economy, he was guaranteed failure. A poor economy has sunk the reelection aspirations…
This election more than any other has caused me to reflect on the nature of the battle between good and evil; moreso on the Christian message that good always triumphs over evil or the better person wins. As a Sunday school teacher, it makes great teaching and the building of upright citizens to admonish them to do good because “good guys always win.” We throttle out the story of Daniel in the Lion’s den, the four Hebrew boys in fiery furnace, even Lot’s escape from Sodom and Gomorrah as examples of how the good guy wins in the end. But…