In Africa south of the Sahara, the despots know how to remain in power: arrest anyone who washes videos of the protests in Tunisia and Egypt; rig the elections: or if you lose, refuse to give up the office of “President for Life.”
In Zimbabwe, several people, students, trade unionists, and political activists gathered to watch videos of the protests going on in Africa north of the Sahara were arrested by President Mugabe’s police. The meeting was illegal because apparently the videos might have motivated the participants to overthrow the legal government of Zimbabwe (in other words, no body was gonna get rid of Mugabe like they got rid of the tyrants in Tunisia and Egypt). A law professor at the University of Zimbabwe who was arrested with his students alleged he was tortured.
In Uganda, the ruler for 25 years, President Museveni, won another five year term. How does he do it? Buy votes, establish personal patronage networks, and make sure you reward the military officers, cabinet members, and ministers in your government so that will not kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. In other words, keep enough people happy and they won’t see you as a tyrant but as a benefactor.
If all else fails, do as the president of the Ivory Coast in West Africa is doing: if you loose the presidential election, simply refuse to give up the presidency.
The dudes in North Africa could take a few lessons from those south of the Sahara.
Human beings all over the world do crazy things, sometimes even irrational things. Take Africa for instance__
In Nigeria, you had better be very careful about what you say about a government official on Facebook. Man, there ain’t really no freedom of speech. A man ranted about the governor in January on his Facebook page, which has since be removed. For speaking his mind, he was arrested for traumatizing the governor so badly, the gov had to be hospitalized. Read about here. The dude called for Allah to curse the governor and his friends. Hey, man in Africa, you don’t put no curse on nobody cause they take their curses serious.
The BBC website reported on it website that in Malawi the government has proposed a law against farting in public. Hey, man I want that law brought to the shores of the good old US of A. one person was quoted as saying the government criminalizing the “release of intestinal gases…is a joke of democracy.”
How in hell the question of democracy has anything to do with farting is beyond me.
According to the Amnesty International USA website, the Convention on the Rights of the Child that the UN adopted in November 1989 “is the only international treaty to guarantee civil and political rights as well as economic, social, and cultural rights” of children. I mention this because of a disturbing reports in the newspapers and blogsphere.
In Somalia, both the Islamic insurgents and the weak transitional government use child soldiers, some as young as 9. What is disturbing is we, the United States, through our aid to the transitional government, are helping pay the salaries of the child soldiers fighting for the government.
193 countries have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Guess which two countries have not signed. You’re right, the United States and Somalia. I understand that the United States often refuses to sign international treaties for fear international laws will undermine our sovereignty. As some against the treated on the Child have suggested, we don’t want some foreigner telling American parents how to raise their children.
However, this doesn’t explain why the United States continues to give aid to a weak government that uses child soldiers.
The United States’s response has been that there will be an investigation as to whether the Somalia government is using child soldiers. Somalia, likewise, has promised to investigate and to stop the practice if it is found that child soldiers are being used.
In an earlier report, one Somalia official indicated that the government sorely needed troops to fight the insurgents and was using what was available.
I say shame on us, the United States, for supporting, even inadvertently, the practice of using child soldiers.
Well, it’s Black History Month once more, and we Black folks have got a lot to be upset bout. For one thing, is Black History Month still relevant? And another thing, why are all the folks adopting Black Haitian children White?
But what’s bothering me right now is some Black folks all over the census bureau for including the word “Negro” as a descriptive category on the census form. It seems they think the word is demeaning, which puts it on a level with the word that is truly demeaning. Yes, I’m talking bout “nigger.”
When I was growing up in the 1940s and 1950s, in my family, we dared not use the word “black” to describe anybody, especially a light-skin person. You see, my family includes both dark and light-skin folks. If my grandmother heard me or one of my cousins call somebody “black,” bam, right up side the head she’d go with anything she had in her strong right hand. It was a long time in the 1960a before I could use “Black” to describe African Americans.
My aunt, my mother’s younger sister, didn’t like the word “Negro” because she said when White folks tried to say it, it sounded like “niggra,” which sounded like that other word. She preferred “colored,” the word polite White folks used.
For most of us, “Negro” was dignified and demanded respect. Notice that it is capitalized. I, too, prefer “African American” or “Black American” these days, but I do not consider “Negro” demeaning given the reason it was used in the past.
I dont believe in witches. ‘Course here in these United States in the 21st century, witches dont exist, or at least we aint burning none of ’em.
I can tell you, though, that in Africa, them witches are for real.
Back in June of this year, folks in a village in Kenya burned alive some old folks, a woman and five men because they had been accused of using witchcraft on a small boy who walked about in the night and couldn’t speak the next morning except to one of the so-called witches.
This horror aint confined to Kenya. In Nigeria in October, a pastor of a church accused a boy of being a witch. The father tried to pour acid down the boy’s throat to drive out the witch. The boy died from the acid spilled on his face and body and poured down his throat.
Driving out witches is done in the name of Christianity, and we sometime wonder why Christianity gets such a bad reputation.
And I wonder if the folks who doing these things realize it gives mother Africa a bad name?
Lord, I hope somebody, some day, some where in Africa brings some sense to those crazy folks.
Filed under Africa, children
How’s come some folks wants the U S of A to be the police of the world? Your philosopher of common sense dont have no common sense bout this problem.
Folks right here in the U S of A wants Obama to stop the violence in Sudan and Somali. Well, U S of A did send the Somali government some guns and stuff to help fight them militants but them militants gon do like they always do, out fight and out gun the government.
Take this here nuclear weapons business. I mean Iran gon get them some nuclear bombs no matter what, unless of course Israel blows up the bomb making factories. Imagine what gon happen if they do. Man, Iran aint gon take that crap lying down, no sir, they gon go after Israel. And how come Russia aint worried bout Iran gettin some nuclear stuff, or ifn they are, they show don’t act like it. Sanctions, come on, when did sanctions work? And what bout them countries around Iran like Saudi Arabia?
Another thing, how come the Chinese dont make some real man noise bout them mad men in North Korea having missiles and bombs. Hell, ifn they start a war, China gon be in the middle of it.
I got to say somethin bout peace between them Palestinians and Israelis. The US of A can’t make no peace deal. The only folks can do that is them Palestinians and the Israelis.
Well, they say the US of A messed up the world economy and now we gots to fix it. Man, I’m damn tired of being blamed for everything that goes wrong in this crazy world.
Somebody please give the US of A some love.
Again somebody is callin on President Obama to be superman and do somethin bout a problem that he can do nothin bout by hisself.
Man, it’s a lotta ocean out there, and them pirate dudes can hit from anywhere.
I’m talkin bout the pirates raidin ships off Somalia’s coast. One of the crew members from the ship Maersk Alabama wants the President to stop the pirates. Don’t git me wrong, I think them guys what fought back was real brave. But let’s git real, our President can’t stop them pirates by hisself. The French already doin their part. They captured one of the pirates’ mother ships. Common sense says, that’s what’s got to happen, a whole lotta other countries got to git involved.
And another thing, unless somebody stabilizes the situation in Somalia, a country that done already gon to the dogs, a basket case, so them pirates don’t have no place to dock the ships they take, stoppin them aint gon happen.
How bout this, let’s put navy seals on all them ships and when they see pirates comin, blast those suckers outa the water. Man, we got to git mean, and I’m talkin bout all the countries what send ships into the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden.
I know companies fraid to stop payin ransom cause it would mean the crew members would be killed. Common sense says the pirates is bank on the morality of the owners. Well, common sense also says we got to make it dangerous for the pirates. They actin big and bad cause they got big guns and think nobody can do them in. Well, the world’s navies got to show them they guns is bigger, and they don’t mind blasting them little boats outa the water.