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Posts Tagged ‘Corruption’

Nigerians do not want change…Ironically

Reuters photo   By Prince Charles Dickson   “I am not upset, I am not upset!” Yet a grown man swears angrily six times because of last night’s pounded yam.” Local axiom.

Behind Enemy Lines

Reuters photo   By Zeeshan A. Shah Over the last few decades Pakistan has gone through a major paradigm shift, both within its strategic placement within the region and with its allies all over the globe.

No Raila, on this one, you are off the mark

Khalil Senosi/AP   By Joe Khamisi In the heat of the American presidential campaign last year Donald Trump threatened to jail his opponent Hillary Clinton if he became president. He accused her of endangering national security through “careless” handling of official e-mails while she was Secretary of State.

A nation on sick leave

Reuters photo   By Prince Charles Dickson   “The public does not like you to mislead or represent yourself to be something you’re not. And the other thing that the public really does like is the self-examination to say, you know, I’m not perfect. I’m just like you. They don’t ask their public officials to […]

Political Masks

Dieu Nalio Chery/AP   By Ricardo Swire During fourteen months of Presidential campaigning the “Banana Man” vowed to eliminate corruption and modify Haiti’s legal institutions. Public scepticism was reflected in a low 21% voter turnout for the national election on Sunday November 20th 2016.

‘Things Will Be Bad In Kenya If Votes Are Stolen,” Raila Tells Uhuru

Siegfried Modola/Reuters   By Joe Khamisi Are foreigners being registered to vote in this year’s elections in Kenya contrary to the Constitution?

A Declassified American CIA File

Saul Loeb/AFP   By Ricardo Swire A recently declassified American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) document called “The Bahamas: Likely Reactions to a US Drug Indictment,” cataloged potential diplomatic damage that would have resulted from outlawing the 1969 to 1992 Bahamas Prime Minister Lynden Pindling on drug charges. Investigators found US$3 million more than the senior […]

With love, asking after Lai Mohammed

By Prince Charles Dickson   Liars and cheats occasionally win a war but seldom win a battle.

Distributing Bribe Money

Hedeson Alves   By Ricardo Swire Globalization created a corporate environment which makes bribery for competitive advantage popular. Payola is a global phenomenon. Often appearances differ from reality, due to the diverse magnitudes and extents of graft.

Regardless of the system, Kenyan elections will be rigged, so help us God

Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/AP   By Joe Khamisi With less than eight months to go before Kenyans go to the polls, the usual disconcerting gerrymandering, brazen jockeying, and malevolent schemes aimed at manipulating the results are already at play, setting the stage for what could the bitterest and rockiest general elections ever.

Verdict on Raviraj murder case: Another travesty of justice

By M.K. Eelaventhan The recent acquittal of six accused in the political murder trial of late MP Nadarajah Raviraj is not surprising but it is yet another expected verdict from the Sri Lankan judiciary.

Peace or War – Revisiting the Nigerian conundrum

By Madamidola Oladele Developments in the Nigerian State from the beginning of the 21st century to date have called for serious pondering on my part. So much water has passed under the Nigerian bridge; many events and catastrophes; many takes and mistakes; minor improvements and major setbacks.

No peace for journalists in Iraq

Karim Kadim/AP   By Rafah Al Saad I am calling for the freedom of the Iraqi journalist Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi.

2016 has been a rocky year for Kenya

Reuters photo   By Joe Khamisi The year 2016 has been a rocky one for Kenyans in many ways.

Totalitarian dominance within African Democracy

By Ogunniyi Abayomi The recent Ghanaian election was observed as the exemplary illustration of a democratic state within its sphere of power. The display of maturity during the election between President Mahama over the loss of the presidential seat to Nana Akufo-Addo exhibited the total value demonstrated for the satisfaction of the masses, rather than […]

Nigerians, Collapsing Churches, Religion and Systems

Trevor Snapp/AFP   By Prince Charles Dickson Last week, it was Uyo, Akwa Ibom, with the following narratives everywhere; that the Akwa Ibom state helmsman Udom Emmanuel would have been part of the casualties as a church building collapsed in Uyo.

Kenya national honors not for sycophants

Thomas Mukoya/Reuters   By Joe Khamisi A month ago, US President Barack Obama honored 21 citizens with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian citation presented to individuals for their meritorious contributions in a wide range of disciplines including music, the arts, science, philanthropy, civil service and others.

Nigeria: A dark riddle within the shadow of dreams

AFP photo   By Ogunniyi Abayomi He was awoken by a strange phone call from his colleague over the assassination of Chief Owoseni Adigun in the odd hours of night at his residence in Lagos, a metropolitan state across the Western Region of Nigeria. Unstable and distorted were the reactions that emerged after receiving the […]

Powerful versus Powerless

Dieu Nalio Chery/AP   By Ricardo Swire The gap between the powerful and powerless grows wider each day. Corruption spreads faster than shame. Evidence exhibits that power is abused in all social and professional circles.

The Red Beret Minister, the Falcons and that Ewu Gambia

By Prince Charles Dickson Throughout last week, it was the usual one week, one problem, but really none could beat the saga between the Super Falcons (Nigeria’s female soccer team) and the nation’s sporting authorities. Let us review it together.

You want to be elected In Kenya? Go ahead and steal!

Will Boase/AFP   By Joe Khamisi Do you want to go for an elective office in Kenya? Then do one thing: steal!

The Cuban Lesson for a Desolate Nigeria

By Ogunniyi Abayomi His demise was announced via broadcast and print medium of communication globally on 26th November,2016.

The Key Holders

CNA photo   By Ricardo Swire Brazilian law enforcement’s new push against the “First Capital Command” or Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC), known in gangland as “R,” netted some unusual suspects.

Failed Nation: Failed People

George Osodi   By Madamidola Oladele Reading through Professor Akinlawon Ladipo Mabogunje’s autobiography, A Measure of Grace, tears rolled down my cheeks as I read the 27th chapter. “Nigeria: Africa’s Failed Asset” was the title of Sir Olaniwun Ajayi’s publication which the author made reference to. While still weeping, my mind imagined the booming oil, […]

As Zimbabwe’s money runs out, so does Mugabe’s power

Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters   By Ed Cropley In Zimbabwe, where worthless $100 trillion (80.36 trillion pounds) notes serve as reminders of the perils of hyperinflation, President Robert Mugabe is printing a new currency that jeopardizes not just the economy but his own long grip on power.

The World’s Counterfeit Capital

Martin Mejia/AP   By Ricardo Swire Counterfeiting is considered the ultimate technology for people who want something for nothing. During the past ten years more than US$103 million in fake US dollars “made in Peru,” were seized in law enforcement operations. On November 15th Peru’s Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force, a combined American/Peruvian law enforcement team, confiscated […]

The Southern Cone

By Ricardo Swire Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and the tip of Brazil make up the Southern Cone. Argentinian counter-narcotics teams battle South America’s second largest domestic cocaine market after Brazil.

Conservatives bristle as Trump backs off Clinton prosecution

Lucas Jackson/Reuters   By Curtis Skinner Some of Donald Trump’s strongest conservative supporters are voicing anger and disappointment at the president-elect’s comments on Tuesday that he might back off his campaign pledge of pursuing a prosecution of former rival Hillary Clinton.

Poetry

AFP photo   By Ron Larson

Corruption in society under the name of religion

Rehan Khan/EPA   By Shahper Hassan Ours is a terribly sick society that under the cover of religion has taken altogether another path while distorting the meaning of religion. From top government officials down to the peon most of the people are corrupt and the establishment tops the corruption hierarchy.