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Tuesday, 20 September 2016 18:10

The Iron-Fisted Ethiopian State

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A political crisis of longstanding duration has been brought to the world’s attention by the actions of a competitor at the recently concluded Olympic Games. Marathon runner Feyisa Lilesa’s gesture of raising his arms aloft in the form of a cross as he was about to confirm his silver-medal position was a politically-motivated one intended to highlight the plight of the Oromo people of Ethiopia who vehemently claim to be perpetually marginalised by the country’s central government. The Oromo also claim to be the primary victims of an escalating crackdown on public dissent. But while the Ethiopian government strenuously contests…
My country is in the worst shape it has ever been since we gained independence from Great Britain. What was happening earlier was kids' stuff compared to whet is presently taking place. It was ignorance then. Now, it is total barawo, a sort of obodo ndi ori (city of armed robbers), the West African Sodom and Gomorrah. Something has not been clean in the milk since we came out of colonialism. Now, the milk is putrid and full of ikpuru (maggots), and no one can drink it. Something got to give. There is so much confusion in Nigeria. There is…
Monday, 19 September 2016 12:38

To see the physical universe is to be psychotic

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The physical world does not exist except as a dream; this means that those in the physical universe are deluded for they believe what is not real to be real and see people who are not there hence are hallucinating; to be in the world is to be psychotic. All human beings on planet earth are psychotic. This perspective stands the egos psychiatry that sees our world as real and only a few persons as psychotic on its head. Some people know this as a fact because they have experienced other worlds (mainly they saw the world of light forms;…
FEAR IS A SPIRITUAL NOT JUST THE BIOLOGICAL PHENOMENON THAT BIOLOGY TEACHES In fear you perceive a threat to your ego and body; that fear is real to your ego and body, such as a lion in front of you that can eat you and since you want to live in ego and body you fear it eating you and run from it. Thus, to your ego and body fear is real; to your ego fear is what protects your body. The ego's logic is airtight. In fear you deny that you are spirit and everything physically harmful can affect…
Monday, 19 September 2016 12:32

If all people are are bodies theyare nothing

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The human body is not that different from animals' bodies; inside the stomach of a person is the same as inside the stomach of animals with intestines and disgusting stuff in them. Like animals' people die, rot and smell like shit. If all people are are animals they are meaningless existents; their existence is pointless. If as the religions of mankind say when people die they later resurrect from death and go to heaven that is poor solace and does not remove the humiliation of dying and rotting. THE SOLUTION IS THAT PEOPLE DO NOT LIVE IN BODIES The solution…
Monday, 19 September 2016 12:31

We are the prisoners of the ego

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Yesterday, Sunday, September 18, 2016, I took a four hours walk (two hours to and two hours from) at Kincaid Park, Anchorage, Alaska. I got into the park at 1: 30 PM and did not get back into my car until 6PM. During that long walk I had the following thoughts (summarized). While walking in this nature park, woody park (the park is dotted with former US Intercontinental ballistic missiles, ICBMs, silos with nuclear weapons aimed at Russia) I realized that the trees surrounding me are made with the same stuff as my body: carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen ...there…
Sunday, 18 September 2016 17:13

The Myth of a Tight 2016 US Election

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It does not matter where one turns, the headlines scream that the 2016 US election is tight. How tight? Like in Clinton 42% and Trump 42% according to recent polls. There are state polls showing that Trump is ahead in Florida, Ohio, and other battle ground states. In fact, we have polls that show that it is Clinton who has some catching up to do. These are all myths to me and to any discerning newspaper reader or television watcher. We know that if X is a positive number and if Y is also a positive number then X+Y cannot…
I am borrowing a script from the eloquent Joe Biden who once asked Delaware voters not to compare him with the Almighty but with the alternative they might get if they throw him out with their votes. I cannot help but ponder that statement as I saw Donald Trump today pull another stunt on all Americans and not just the minorities he himself has long ago put into that same "basket of Deplorable" within his Party and among his own supporters in this election. That basket contains despicable characters and bigots like David Duke, the Grand Wizard of the Ku…
In an article published in the Premium Times (http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/210515-nigerias-president-buhari-in-fresh-plagiarism-scandal-of-obamas-speech.html) It is alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari has plagiarized Mr.Obama I am not interested in whether President Buhari plagiarized president Obama or not. I will actually be in support if he starts imitating Mr. Obama for Mr. Obama is a man of vision. My beef with PMB is that his efforts at eradicating corruption is not genuine since it ignores the root cause of Nigerian corruption. Nigerian corruption is a peculiar contraption. It includes the entire 140 million of us. Corruption, so perverse, needs a different kind of war effort. Corruption…
Thursday, 15 September 2016 19:26

Do They Think They're God's Gifts To Nigerians?

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The purpose of this essay is to discuss the various assumptions Nigerian have that are at the root of the hard times that are threatening to break our people's resolve, dampen the human spirit, and destroy our love for country and countrymen. These assumptions tend to create hard times in Nigeria and produce hopelessness and helplessness in our people. You might want to know that holders of these assumptions are so inexorably interested in one thing, that is, the I-Me-Myself self centeredness coupled with grandiosity that is likely to wreck havoc on our economy and ensure that Nigeria continues to…
Last April 21, I wrote the Part 1 to this article titled "American Politics: A jigsaw Puzzle and a Cobweb of Intrigues, shifting Alliances and Maneuvers". I am doing today the Part 2 which I had previously titled, "America: Like a Professor who never stopped being a student" I guess you could say that either of the two titles will be appropriate given all we know about American Politics today. That American electoral Politics has become so complex and complicated. It is a phenomenon that political pundits and historians must ponder for many years to come and why and how…
Feedback To Benjamin Aduba On His Foray Into Historical Analysis Ozodi Osuji Mr. Aduba: This piece is well written. I will give it B for effort. Your attempt at historicity is useful. You showed some understanding of history but your application of that knowledge to what exists, as is your application of knowledge to Nigerian affairs, is biased. You appear incapable of objective and dispassionate analysis; you are always injecting your wishes to what otherwise would have been an excellent analysis. You appear to want to use pure knowledge to serve your private agenda. If you could find a way…
Could Mr. Trump be a greater threat to United States civilization than external forces? When the current presidential candidates who will take charge of America’s future are asked what and who are the greatest threats to America they have consistently selected from a list that is headlined by Russia, ISIS, Al Qaeda, China, Iran, North Korea, etc. The list contains external forces, and is a shorthand for saying that all is OK at home, and that we should be on the lookout only for an invasion from abroad to destroy our civilization and influence. There is a misreading of history…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 02:23

Without defense matters becomes light

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Without Defense Matter Turns To Light Energy Ozodi Osuji In her 1400 pages poem, A course in miracles, Professor Helen Schucman noted that the human body is always defended. In the section that she called "The Hero of the Dream" (chapter 27, page 585) she talked about how human beings believe that they are their bodies and defend their bodies. Human beings believing that they are bodies know that if body is not defended with food, medications, clothes and shelter they would die. If all we are, are bodies then we are condemned to perpetual defense of our bodies, for…
By Austin Emaduku The Managing Director of Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Chief William Makinde, speaking on Quest FM on Tuesday, 6th September, 2016, made a very serious point regarding the relocation of oil servicing companies from Delta State that should be a take home for every true lover of the Niger Delta. His major point was that we created the state of insecurity that chased away the companies that would have provided employment for our teaming unemployed youths. This is the immutable truth that our so-called agitators and those who applaud them have failed to see.…
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 10:05

Celebrating Elechi Amadi

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First of all let me thank the governor of Rivers State for declaring that the Rivers State government will bury the late Captain Elechi Amadi (rtd). He deserves it! On the day of the burial, the Ikwerre Ethnic Nationality in Nigeria, will surely celebrate our beloved and amiable Sir Elechi Amadi: a name known and memorized by every Ikwerre child. The name, Elechi Amadi provokes heavy nationalism in us such that we become proud of been Ikwerre. That is one of the significant achievements of our elder, uncle, father and brother, late Capt. Elechi Amadi. This pride enables us to…
American voters have a difficult choice to make in this election because they have never had a candidate like Donald Trump. Mr. Trump plays God and is not ashamed to openly identify with and eulogize dictators like Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Putin and Kim Jung Un while openly castigating the man he wants to succeed as illegitimate and weak compared to those authoritarian dictators. If you take down the leader of your country, you are indirectly undermining your country with impunity. Forget for a minute the skin color of Barack Obama. He is President and Leader of the Free World and…
Life Is A Play In Which Each Of Us Plays A Self Chosen Part Ozodi Osuji Life is a drama, a play in which each of us, before entering it, agrees to play a part in it; the play was written by all of us, in concert, in tandem; it was written by one of us and that one of us is all of us. If you say that a part is assigned to the individual by others that makes it dictatorial and absolves him of any and all responsibility for whatever he does. To be responsible for what one…
Yesterday, at Facebook, I saw a picture of the road leading to Araria market in Aba, Abia state, a market reportedly the largest in Eastern Nigeria (?). The road leading to the market, as is most of Aba's roads, is clogged by water. Apparently, there was heavy down pour of rain and the rain had no way of running off from the streets and flooded the streets. The town of Aba seemed submerged in dirty water. Underneath the picture is the caption (paraphrased): the government is not doing anything to improve the streets of Aba, and the streets of the…
Saturday, 10 September 2016 18:08

Nigerian criminals are cowards and ought to be shot

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Clearly, the rulers of Nigeria are self-serving and corrupt; they apparently see the public treasury as their personal piggybank and take from it as they wish and in the meantime do nothing for the people they pretend to govern. Any which way you look at it, the rulers of Nigeria are in it for themselves and not for the people. There is poverty in Nigeria; many Nigerians do not have jobs and food; starvation is creeping into Nigerians' lives. Nigerians are suffering. What is the proper response to the suffering in the land? The proper response is to work to…
Just when you think that Donald has irredeemably proved thru many of his utterances and temperament that he is not qualified to be President and Commander-in-Chief of the United States, his recent praise and doubling down on his views on KGB Vladimir Putin must have a chilling effect on his chances in this election. The development is worse than anything Trump has said and done hitherto if you remember that the Kremlin and the KGB and their Communist Government remain big competitors and adversaries in Geo Politics to use diplomatic language. I don't know about you. I am getting sick…
The purpose of this essay it to sprinkle (nay, to pour) aspersion on an evil done in the name of religion and to focus spotlight on perpetrators of such evil. Aspersion is defined as a damaging or derogatory remark or criticism directed at evil doers. Thanks go to several persons including this writer’s close friends who are responsible for forcing this writer to think a little deeper into the root cause of some of the problems facing my country Nigeria and for encouraging me to post this essay which was completed on December 7, 2013, but which wasn’t posted until…
Old fashioned religions are based on faith, on belief in what is not known to be true as true. In this sense, religion's God, as Richard Dawkins observed, is delusion. Dawkins, Richard (2006). The God Delusion. New York: Bantam Books. Delusion is belief in what is not true as true. We do not know that God exists yet folks believe that he exists and act as such hence their belief, not God, is delusional. However, Dawkins, having traced the evolution of the universe to the Big Bang, did not tell us what existed before the Big Bang. The Big Bang…
Thursday, 08 September 2016 16:48

Who is Ike Ekweremadu?

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According to internet sources, the Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Willie Obiano at the just concluded World Igbo Congress convention held in New York asked “Who is Ike Ekweremadu?” I must confess that I was shocked that a governor of SE Nigeria and an Igbo does not know who Ekweremadu is. But since he does not know, it behooves us to teach him in the famous Igbo saying such as “onye amaghi ibe ezi ya (Ibezimako)”. If one does not know his peers should teach him. Mr. Obiano, please permit me to introduce to you, Mr. Ikechukwu Ekweremadu, Ikeoha of…
I argue this case on the premise that all politicians, the world over, are liars including the best of them. It is the few of them who get caught with their hands in the cookie jar that are vilified and pilloried in the Court of public opinion. I scratch my head when I hear some Republicans and Trump supporters call Hillary Clinton untrustworthy or dishonest compared to Donald Trump. It is like the kettle calling the pot black. I cannot think of any presidential hopeful in America who lies from both sides of his mouth like Donald Trump. Not even…