What is the killing of Michael Brown telling the African?

While President Obama finally spoke on the recent riot that broke out after the controversial killing of black young male by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, another development came up. The KKK (Ku Klux Klan) fraternity boasted that its Missouri chapter was raising funds for the police officer who shot the boy, claiming the cop was a hero to have done that.

The New Empire Knights of the Klan boasted, “We are setting up a reward/fund for the police officer who shot this thug,” said an email from the Klan group. “He is a hero! We need more white cops who are anti-Zog and willing to put Jewish controlled black thugs in their place. Most cops are cowards and do nothing while 90 percent of interracial crime is black (and non-white) on white.”

The Arizona Klan chapter also wrote, “We know that Michael Brown was nothing more than a punk. The media and others are painting him out to be a ‘good son’ and ‘great kid.’ The blacks of Missouri are showing their love of him by rioting, attacking and shooting people. Nothing new.” 

The KKK also held a rally with the cops practically protecting their right to assemble, as they mounted a cordon between them and a small protesting crowd. Probably the brutal beating of another black woman by a white Highway Patrol cop on July 1 would also be a thing of joy to the KKK. The New Empire Knights of the KKK also added,

 “Like most low IQ Negroes, Brown was taught by communist public schools to hate white people and white culture. Like most young blacks, Brown had no respect for the law. He clearly hated white police officers. I am happy the police shot Michael Brown. That is one less criminal and thug on the streets. FBI data shows that over 90% of interracial crime is black on white. Brown was clearly a punk that had no respect for the law. Hopefully the blacks rioting in Missouri will face the same swift justice. The town should name a street after the police officer who did his job. He should be given medals. He is a hero in my eyes. Michael Brown was nothing more than an affirmative-action Negro with a hatred of white people. Mr. Brown, you crossed the wrong white man. Rest in peace. Mrs. Brown – I am happy your son was shot. One less criminal!

I recently watched a KKK rally in honor of one of their members who had been 50 years in the movement, and I took time to listen to the speeches delivered by their Imperial Wizard, the Grand Dragon and other speakers. They believed the Zogs (blacks) are to live separately from the supreme race (whites), and the “Jews” who controlled the media and government are to be blamed for the decadence that has infiltrated the White House. They sang songs later in the night and danced around a burning cross. They do not see anything good in any Nazarene who is not white, even as they preached Christianity, aside from having their own Kloran (the book of the KKK).

Let us not be too overtly sentimental, few minutes before his shooting, there was a robbery in a store where a black male who fit the physical description of Mike Brown was caught in a CCTV video coverage. The blurry video showed someone of Mike Brown’s 6′ 4 and 292 Ibs, wearing a red cap, tan khaki long shorts, yellow socks and flip-flop style shoes. This was exactly how Mike Brown was also dressed when the police officer shot and killed him few minutes later. However, the police officer, Darien Wilson, was only in the area for a separate 911 call and did not even know that Mike Brown was a suspect. The robbery in the CCTV footage showed a young male who looked like (and even dressed like) the body of Michael Brown shot dead, in an robbery that was more of strong-arming (without weapons though) for a box of cigars he took away with his friend and accomplice who had dreadlocks, like the Dorian Johnson who was with Mike when he got shot.

Ferguson police on Friday released these surveillance images which showed two men stealing a $50 box of cigars from a convenience store shortly before midday last Saturday

He then leans over the man during the 'strong-armed' robbery on Saturday shortly before midday 

Whether it was indeed a robbery act carried out by young Brown or an attempt by the police department to smear Brown’s name, I personally think the police was being callous. Please, Mike Brown was shot eight times or so and the cop did not even know he was earlier a suspect in any robbery. Besides, what if Mike Brown had indeed not been in any crime except what went down between him and Officer Darien Wilson, would that have been how the cop would use excessive force to the point of murdering the young man? Michael Brown might indeed got served his karma but should the police then go about trigger-happy that probably any black they shot deserved it as karma…for being black?

On December 8 1969, over 5000 rounds of ammunition were exchanged between the members of the Black Panther and the newly-created SWAT officers. Three members of the SWAT were wounded and three members of the BP were also wounded. It was a victory for the black community and a disaster for the LAPD. By the time the FBI used COINTELPRO to covertly infiltrate the organization, the BP became nothing but an empty shell (Read more of this in the autobiography of a BP member, Wayne, in Nine Lives of a Black Panther).

As for the Nation of Islam, the death of one of its strongest voices, Malcolm X, and his later disillusionment with what the NOI stood for is still a controversy today. The NOI on the platform of Islam already cuts out the Christian black who wants to reckon with a pro-black body without having to question his religious side. Besides, Islam – the last time anyone checked – was an Arab religion, unlike voodoo or Ifa. I think the NOI could have stood better chances without attaching any title to any doctrine. Racism is a social and political issue, more than anything else.

Another international pro-black organization I watched on video its rally in Germany is the NBM (Neo Black Movement), also known as the Black Axe in Nigeria. It is purely political and social and open to anyone of any faith. Another point about the movement is its very militant. However, it is a shame that the violence and crimes that members of the NBM perpetrates makes it totally nothing to write home about. Its ideals that were instituted by its founding fathers honors the heroes of Africa and it lauds a utopia of black supremacy as much as the KKK lauds that of whites, however, the NBM is not racist or ‘sees all whites as nothing to write home about’, for there are the liberals. The NBM is more or less a bunch of young and old men dressed in weird garbs who do nothing but meet to socialize, laud demagoguery, collect dues and romanticize of a utopia.

  The point is, the KKK has been known for his racist, bigotry teachings that are merely to depict the black man as no better than animals. It has been known over the years for murders, rape and many crimes against non-whites, yet here they are in public and nobody is saying anything about it. Sure there is freedom of association, but not when your message is replete with hate and prejudice. The world has too much hate already, how much would we keep stacking upon it? Extreme Islam does not see anything good in being anything else except a fundamentalist Muslim, as we see the ISIS in Iraq, Boko Haram in Nigeria and Al-Shabab and Al-Qaeda preaching bloodshed and hate of ‘others’. The Neo-Nazi in Germany are also a racist group effort is being made to check its growth in society. Now, why would any society allow a hate group to parade itself in a supposedly civilized society, if Islamic militants and Neo-Nazis are being tagged as anti-social. Should the NBM or Black Panther be criticized as being too militant therefore? How many more hate groups can humanity take?

Equality is not justice. A dwarf and a giant could be given the same equal box to stand upon to watch over a fence and the dwarf still not tall enough to see over the fence. But it is only when there is justice that it would be made sure that the dwarf has the right amount of boxes to make him see as much as the giant is seeing. Democracy is meaningless when the leaders are not democrats.

Truth is if Michael Brown deserved Karma, the officer who shot him deserved justice to not take such extreme measure of force next time and deter other such officers from taking rash actions that could cost an innocent life (contrary to the KKK allegations of all blacks being stereotypical thugs). How long too will the black society get their acts together. It is a fact that parenting has gone down the drain. These maladjusted members of the society came from some homes; homes that churn out bullies that soil the rest of the black community as males who fathered children they do not care for, who feed the streets with maladjusted minds. Education is the key to freedom and social justice. Any group or organization set up to promote the interests of the blacks in the face of the existence of the KKK, must preach in emphasis the requirement to have education, both self-education and classroom education. The first duty of a revolutionary is to educate himself. Michael Brown does not deserve to be shot that way because he stole a box of cigars. Meanwhile, 19 years old white boy, Michael Stucky Jr. in Minnesota was charged for raping two girls (15 and 13 years) in two separate encounters and only got one year jail sentence.

Right now is the Anonymous the voice of the oppressed? Anonymous is a shadowy, snide international collective of hackers and online activists who have played a key role in the growing confrontation outside St. Louis over Mike Brown’s death, goading and threatening the authorities, and calling the effort Operation Ferguson. Operations in the collective’s decade-long history have included taking down the World Cup website to protest poverty, helping identify assailants in a rape case in Ohio, cheering on the Occupy Wall Street movement and carrying out coordinated cyber-assaults on repressive foreign governments. For those new to Anonymous, it’s a global collective of millions of autonomous individuals and groups, working to advance similar ideals. Blacks need a platform to give them a voice, for It is not the harsh words of the enemy that hurts, but the silence of friends. Yet, we should remember that according to Che Guevara, the first duty of a revolutionary is to get education. It is the only true platform to stand on. Take up an arm by arming your mind. 

 

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Is Ebola from the United States or the Congo?

    Ebola was first known to have exploded in Zaire (now Congo, Kinshasa) in 1976, worsening the economic and political chaos the country has been plunged in since the Lumumba/Mobutu/Tshombe affair. Three years later though, a different strain of Ebola also exploded in South Sudan. In both cases, the virus would just seem to burst out of nowhere, kill randomly and epidemically, and then it disappeared.

    Ten years after the virus first appeared in a Catholic Mission clinic in Yambuku and named after the Ebola River in a remote area of Congo Kinshasa, the United States Army intended to build an aerosol laboratory at Dugway Proving Ground, near Salt Lake. The mission of the intended aerosol laboratory was to test hemorrhagic fever viruses, including Ebola, for “military purposes.” However, there was an outcry from the people of Utah and this halted this defense project (Dr. William T. Close lived in Congo for 16 years and worked on the virus made mention of this intended project he warned of in his book, EBOLA).

    Ebola virus has high mortality rate, for it kills almost as swiftly as a guillotine. It is then sensible to note that if there should be any accident with the virus in the laboratory, the devastating result on US civilians will be a tragedy. Recently, the Army Times informed that filoviruses like Ebola have been of interest to the Pentagon (US military HQ) since the late 1970s, mainly because Ebola has high mortality rates…and its stable nature in aerosol make it attractive as a potential bioweapon. It went on to say on the same August 1 information that since the late 1970s and 1980s researchers at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases have sought to develop vaccines or treatment. 

With plans to build a bioweapon of sort from the virus and as well find a vaccine or treatment for it since the virus could remain stable in aerosol or can, there is the need to work upon it. Small interfering RNA (siRNA) targeting the Ebola virus RNA polymerase L protein in “stable nucleic acid-lipid particles”, completely protected guinea pigs when administered on the animals after injecting them with doses of the lethal Ebola. Subsequently, a group of macaque monkeys were given 2mg/kg per dose bolus intravenous infusion of modified siRNA after 30 minutes of infection, and further given on 1,3 and 5 days after the first dose. Another group of monkeys was given 30 minutes after infection and on days 1,2,3,4,5,6. The result shows that RNA interference was effective post-exposure treatment, for most of the first group of macaques were protected and all the second group was protected.

There is then need to further these discoveries on humans. Which part of the world do we have the most corrupted leaders who are mere stooges of the West and anyone could drop from the sky into their country and claim to be helping them, while turning such country into a client state of the West and the president could turn into demi-gods (against his own people) as long as he danced the music of the West? Of course, Africa. The Mobutu Sese Seko who was favored against Lumumba; the Campaore who was favored against Sankara; the Jonas Savimbi sponsored to overthrow a legitimate government; the Babangidas who was an IMF/World Bank tool; the endless list of looting dictators the West claimed to be helping with billions without a care in the world if the billions were stashed in European Banks or properly used for nation-building. He is your boy, do not look away when he is messing up!

Anyway, in Kenama, Sierra Leone is a government hospital, which also housed a US biosecurity level 2 bioweapon research laboratory. Kenema is the epicenter of the current ebola epidemic. The virus broke out in hospitals in different parts almost at the same time. The United States government, via the US Department of Defense, has funded Ebola research and awarded the contract worth $140million to Tekmira, a Canadian Pharmaceutical Company. According to Global BioDefense, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases has been operating in the area since 2006, supposedly working on “diagnostic tests.”  Randal J. Schoepp, PH. D. said We had people on hand who were already evaluating samples and volunteered to start testing right away when the current Ebola outbreak started. 

According to Robert Wenzel, Editor & Publisher of EconomicPolicyJournal.com and author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank, he said the laboratory testing site in Kenema is supported by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center-Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System. Other contributors to the work include the Department of Defense Joint Program Executive Office-Critical Reagents Program, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Cooperative Biological Engagement Program, and the DTRA Joint Science and Technology Office. Others are Metabiota Inc., a non-government organization (NGO), listing among its partners the Department of State, Biological Engagement Program and the Department of Defense, Advisors to the NGO include Admiral Gary Roughead, former US Chief of Naval Operations.

The aim was for Tekmira to research on the safety, tolerability and Pharmacokinetic of the new drug under investigation TKM-100802, with healthy humans as the guinea pigs or macaques now. Phase 1, of the research was a single-center, placebo-controlled, first-in-human, single ascending dose (SAD) study followed by multiple ascending dose (MAD) cohorts in healthy male and female subjects. Note, four subjects made up a cohort. Approximately 28 male and female healthy adult subjects, 18 to 50 years of age at the time of dosing, will participate in this study. The SAD phase of the study is planned to have up to 4 cohorts with 4 subjects (3 receiving TKM-100802 and 1 receiving saline) all making 16 subjects. Additional cohorts may be enrolled in the SAD phase after the initial 4 cohorts. In the MAD (multiple ascending dose) phase, a dose escalation scheme will be proposed following review of the findings from cohorts 1 to 4 of the SAD phase. The MAD phase is expected to have at least 3 cohorts with 4 subjects (3 receiving TKM-100802 and 1 receiving saline) making 12 subjects in total.

There has been speculation as to whether a mysterious 5th cohort added to the Tekmira clinical trial was linked to the outbreak in Guinea. It has not been proven yet it was testing for higher doses than the top dose originally planned before sending the results to Guinea that went awry. But mainstream US media is now claiming that rumors about the early lab work at the Kenema hospital, where US military research may have been going on, were being spread by a “mentally ill former nurse.” The nurse is now in custody, after spreading rumors that there was no Ebola but health workers were only using Ebola as a ruse to kill people and collect body parts. Whatever the nurse was really trying to say, the locals are certainly not happy with the research and the hospital. Residents of Kenema in eastern Sierra Leone threw stones at the hospital and a police station.

Well, like Robert Wenzel concluded, and I also agree with him, There is no smoking gun here, but one can certainly draw dots around the facts that suggest the U.S. military was the bad actor in this Ebola breakout. Last year, US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, that has been making researches for vaccines since the 70s and 80s, used a treatment, MB-003, on primates infected with Ebola after they became symptomatic, and the treatment fully protected the animals when given one hour after exposure. This same MB-003 appears to be part of the “secret serum” treatment being administered to the two Americans that are now in the U.S. and who contracted Ebola in Liberia, next-door country to Sierra Leone. The treatment did not come out at the snap of a finger, it is one of the studies US government had been funding for years, at the detriment of…guinea humans outside the United States. 

During a television interview on Defense News with Vago Muradian, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Dr. Jonathan Woodson said, “One of the things I don’t think many people realize is what a huge valuable asset the military health system is to this nation.
  “Not only are we a key enabler so that service members, men and women who … go in harm’s way will be taken care of, but we are a public health system, an education system, a research and development system,”
  “The recent development with infectious disease issues in Africa — they are turning to the U.S. military to provide expertise.

    If the US military will make research on Ebola, why establish it in the hospital of a poor nation? Why not put it in any of the state-of-the-art hospitals dotting America? Why not try to convince your people – if they protested – rather than smuggling it down to a country filled with illiterates and poor who will not half understand why you are setting up anything in their backyard. And yet, Western leaders still turn around and call such countries as poor and backward when you know you secretly contribute to its stagnancy. You tell the presidents to straighten up their countries and allow ‘democracy’ even if the ‘democracy’ is laughable, but the idea of the ‘democracy’ is for the country to really spread ’em thighs and get f****ed (pardon my French). Africa is the dark continent where the leaders cannot rule themselves. Hey, you shake hands with these same leaders and look away when they dump the muck you pass them on their own people. African chiefs were hoodwinked to sign treaties that sold off their people in pre-colonial years, alas it is neo-colonial and they are still being hoodwinked. 

    Chew on this, “It takes a corrupter to exploit a corrupt client state.”

      

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Is Professor Wole Soyinka an Atheist

    Professor Wole Soyinka spoke at an event sponsored by the British Library to honor him on his 80th birthday recently. The next day, the media screamed that the professor said he did not believe in God. I thought this as being ridiculous, even as a part of me did not find it odd. Several times of course, WS had spoken against religion from the angle of the violence it is consuming society with. Whether you read Soyinka’s Climate of Fear, which is a collection of his Reith lectures in 2004, or you listened to any of the professor’s interviews, like when he told Godwin Peter of the Telegraph that he would be one of the happiest men on earth if all religions were wiped, but his fear was something as deadly could be invented again thus it were best religion were left alone as it were. 

 

    We should however note that religion is not Godliness. Most people are however quick to tag you as an atheist, or better still, a pagan if you do not share their conventional view of religion. They will even say of you as not believing in God. Religion is a powerful tool that could turn a multitude of people into a herd of swine, like in the Bible who all flocked to their death together in the New Testament. Try convincing the “new” Boko Haram leader, Shekau, that he is of the Devil, while you are of God. Shekau of course believes, God gives him direction to cleanse Nigeria of sin. With the collapse of Communism, Islam has become the latest group many join for direction and a sense of purpose against any form of perceived injustice. Religion will make a man lose his sense, he would not mind to live in penury while his pastor drives an X5. It is an opium.

    Fundamentalists, whether Christian or Muslim, can hide behind the banner of religion and, at best, insult your intelligence, and at worst, destroy you in disgust – unless you join them. An average Ifa adherent would not repudiate a Muslim or Christian or discriminate against them, but you could either lose your head to a Muslim fundamentalist or lose your job to a Christian fanatic if you dare identify with Ifa or Ogun, or any of such gibberish.

    WS being a literary icon, is vast in his field of study, literature. Literature is about the poetry, customs, myths and spirituality of a society. WS has never hidden his interest in Ogun, the Yoruba deity of war and metallurgy. It has become so difficult for many to regard an African traditional believer/worshiper as a believer in God. Why? Because he is expected to clutch the religious literature of the Christian on Sunday and scramble off to church, or rub his forehead hard onto the ground until a darkened mark will tell the world he is a Muslim. 

    The use of emotional blackmail to make you run to church or mosque by telling you if you did not do something then evil will befall you, is also evidence that the hold religion has on many’s hearts make them afraid to not do the said thing even if they will soon go back to their old ways. The primitive fear in millions’ heart could be seen as well in the fact that the human features we attributed to God, is no different from the way we attributed human features to gods or god-like features to men. Yet, we think we are any better than the primitive man?

    Those we scoff as animists because they worship the spirits in trees, rivers and hills are today right. According to Albert Einstein, there is vast amount of energy in matter as minute as atoms. There is energy in trees and hills as nature We have lost the beauty of imagination the mystery offers us to speculate and replaced this with a hypocritical arrogance that is making religion fragment the world and taking God rather far from us. 

    Light a match and see magic, as the Yoruba will proverbially say. Take note of your very body and imagine the complex design of epidermis, dermis, veins, arteries, hair follicles and to your cell composition. Then take it to the cosmos and imagine the Milky Way, which is the galaxy Earth is in, the mass of a black hole, orbit of planetary bodies and the fact that each of the what we call star is a sun, shinning from very far off, just as our sun will also be seen as a star by someone very far off. He who cannot speculate the spiritual but only believes in what he sees, and he who cannot make sense of he sees around him, are both different sides of the same coin.

    If your concept of God cannot go beyond what religion has to offer you, if religion has boxed up this concept in you, realize one thing that it is those who think further that are making the world around you function. Brother Jero too has realized this even though his teeming congregation may not have. Brother Jero too now flies in Jets; Brother Jero now own estates in the UK; Brother Jero now makes life miserable for motorists when he holds events beside the expressway; Brother Jero can no longer forgive as he preaches too and thus divorces and re-marries. Brother Jero no longer looks towards Heaven, he now promises short-cut to wealth and earthly goodies.

 

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Nigeria’s War in Chibok to Fight Boko Haram

   It is now a hundred days since over two hundred schoolgirls had been abducted in Chibok. In short, Chibok has become a name known to the world as Afghanistan was known in the days of Osama bin Ladin. Boko Haram has brought Chibok to the lips of everyone since the abduction of the innocent girls. 

    The parents have since been in anguish at the tormenting thoughts of what their daughters will be going through in the hands of these blood-lusted killers. Killings and bombings have become an almost daily affair, and especially in the Chibok areas. BH even now mounts its flag and recently blew up a major bridge. Thousands of people have been displaced and many (even children) have been cruelly killed in shootings and suicide bombings carried out by the terrorists. Recently, a Sufi Sheik and Buhari (a former head of state) were almost assassinated by bombers of the BH.

    President Jonathan meanwhile is engaged in an all-out war. Do not get me wrong…his war is not to put an end to the menace BH has become…his war is to get re-elected for 2015. I do not believe reports that the Nigerian army is poorly armed to combat BH. And if they were, why were the foreign support that came slowly fizzled out. Foreign support, though slow to arrive in Mali, but when it came, everyone saw the concerted effort that drove out the well armed rebel groups. Al-Shabab also lost sleep after the Kenyan Mall attack, and Central African Republic witnessed the arrival of peace-enforcement forces that checked the violence there.

    What happened in Chibok? All that came out was revealed to us was the terrorists have been identified in three camps where they were also keeping the girls, obviously as human shield. BH wants a prisoner exchange, and the Nigerian military does not want to attack for fear of putting the girls in harm’s way. It all does not make much sense. Maybe we need ‘thinking caps’ like President Jonathan to wear before we can make sense of the senselessness. 

    The recent elections in Ekiti State southwest Nigeria that saw Jonathan’s PDP party win the state from APC, resulted in filling up the state with soldiers to ensure ‘federal might’ in winning the state. Meanwhile, a place like the Chibok area is so porous for BH to sack villages and markets almost on a daily basis. If protecting the Chibok girls is the reason why no offensive is being launched, I wonder then why the area is not cordoned with a heavy presence of air and land patrol that will make incursions not an easy task for BH fundamentalists. 

    It may also sound harsh. But is it reasonable to treat the issue with kids’ glove because you are protecting 200 girls when 200 women, men and children (Nigerians, too) are being killed on a daily basis like flies in the hands of wanton boys. I am not good with mathematics but I am not sure 200 is greater than 2000. It even took our I-had-no-shoe-like-you-before-so-I-care president the coming of the Pakistani activist girl, Malala, before he could meet any of the affected parents – three months after the girls had been kidnapped – three harrowing months. 

    It is easy for us to stay behind our computers, go about our normal lives and return home from our work and just listen to the news of casualties as ‘statistics’ or talk about what the girls or their parents will be going through. But what about the president whose responsibility it is to play the filial role from Aso Rock? He finds it so annoying, or why is he not keen to keenly meet the parents and even banning any rally on the excuse that such rallies could be infiltrated? He is busy fighting another battle…2015. I do not think this kind of lack-luster approach to terrorism would have prevailed if Jonathan’s daughter were to be among the abducted girls.

Rachel Daniel, with her son Bukar, 7, holds a picture of her daughter Rose, 17, at her home in Maiduguri, north-east Nigeria. Rose was abducted with nearly 300 other pupils by Boko Haram

    Nigeria is a snoring giant. It is the heartbeat of Africa. It is the economic future of the entire continent. And it is the regional power in its hegemony. Unfortunately, it is still an irresponsible Big Brother…like what the Yoruba call ‘agbaya.’ Until we have leaders who are not shrouded by politics, religion and tribalism, the country will continue to snore. There is more than meets the eye in the Chibok case, but one thing is clear, the life of a poor Nigerian citizen to the government is as worthwhile as an ant is to a kid. A PDP senator, Ali Ndume was once found to have links with the BH, clearly showing BH was a northern thing initially to serve the interest of some northern PDP bigwigs. Now the chickens have come home to roost, like Malcolm X once quoted. Is Jonathan hence in a catch 22? Why is his government not keenly unleashing armor, tanks, long-range mortars, gunships and foreign special forces or dealing with those in his government circles having links to the group? Why politicizing, tribalizing and religionizing this mess at the detriment of the people he ought to be responsible for, all because of trying to win 2015? “There is God o!”     

 

 

    

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Great Zimbabwe… Ruins of a Truth

According to Paul Sinclair, interviewed for “None But Ourselves”:

I was the archaeologist stationed at Great Zimbabwe. I was told by the then-director of the Museums and Monuments organisation to be extremely careful about talking to the press about the origins of the [Great] Zimbabwe state. I was told that the museum service was in a difficult situation, that the government was pressurising them to withhold the correct information. Censorship of guidebooks, museum displays, school textbooks, radio programmes, newspapers and films was a daily occurrence. Once, a member of the Museum Board of Trustees threatened me with losing my job if I said publicly that blacks had built Zimbabwe. He said it was okay to say the yellow people had built it, but I was not allowed to mention radiocarbon dates… It was the first time since Germany in the thirties that archaeology has been so directly censored.

    The above interview shows decades of efforts to suppress the truth about the ruins of Zimbabwe. The ruins at Great Zimbabwe are some of the oldest and largest structures located in Southern Africa, and they are the second oldest after nearby Mapungubwe in South Africa. Its most formidable edifice, commonly referred to as the Great Enclosure, has walls as high as 36 feet (11 m) extending approximately 820 feet (250 m), making it the largest ancient structure south of the Sahara Desert. David Beach believes that the city and its state, the Kingdom of Zimbabwe, flourished from 1200 to 1500.

     It bleeds the heart when fact or truth is suppressed with vicious bias. The reason behind such suppression is repression. The world would be harmonious if each is proud of his own. Let the Arab take pride in his culture without throwing bombs; allow the Orients walk heads high about their heritage without having to ask other to commit sepukku or harakiri; let the West flaunt its ‘thing’ without looking down its nose at others; and let the African throw a black power fist in veneration of blackism as well.

    The same thing is happening in Egypt where that civilization has been denied ever having anything to do with Africans south of the Sahara. The renaissance era in the history of Egypt after a decadent period of Saitic rulers, was launched by Kushite kings from Sudan who saw their ancestors as Narmer, the first Pharaoh of the land of Kemet (Kemet meaning land of the blacks) before the Greeks changed the name to Egypt (meaning Ai-Gy-Ptos: House of Ptah).

   It has been said Arabs built Great Zimbabwe but inscription found on the walls could not be read by Arabs who visited the ruins. Zimbabwe is the Shona name of the ruins, first recorded in 1531 by Vicente Pegado, Captain of the Portuguese Garrison of Sofala, who noted, “The natives of the country call these edifices Symbaoe, which according to their language signifies ‘court’.”

The name clearly contains dzimba, the Shona term for “houses”. Apart from this, there are two suggestions for the etymology of the name:

The first theory holds that the word is derived from Dzimba-dza-mabwe, translated from the Karanga dialect of Shona as “large houses of stone” (dzimba = plural of imba, “house”; mabwe = plural of bwe, “stone”). A second theory is that Zimbabwe is a contracted form of dzimba-hwe, which means, “Venerated houses” in the Zezuru dialect of Shona, and is usually applied to chiefs’ houses or graves.

May the spirit of the Nyaminyami – god of the Zambezi River – protect the river of truth from pollution.

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RELIGIOUS, RACE AND THE 21ST CENTURY

    According to the words of Hegel in the Hegelian principle, “All events happen twice in history.” Looking through history, one will see that many great events that shaped the world happened twice or more. The world two wars, the US is trying to prevent a third according toNostradamus’ prediction of some prince in the Middle East. The coming of Christ that Christians are waiting for; and even the two giant events in the life of each man… birth and death.

    Bigotry has plagued man in the past because of humanity’s prejudicial view of what others are and how they should be. Slavery had assailed man through the centuries up to the 19th century. When man subjected another man to conditions a dog would not be subjected to these days without the world crying foul.

    Now, the issue of slavery is archaic and slaveowners woke to the shock of seeing their slaves strolling as freemen. The 20th century was again hacked by the issue of race, as the aftershock of the end of slavery. Now in the 21st century, it is so ancient for anyone to be openly racially bigoted, it is crude. We all now know that nothing wrong in having white Africans as much as black Americans.

    A black dude even sits in the whitehouse. The world is progressing. However, while broadmindedness and liberty is advancing man to utopia; closemindedness and bigotry are tearing the world apart. Now in the 21st century the bigotry is on the platform of religion. Religion is an ideal thing that helps man to live in peace and love with others with the promise of heaven. Alas, religion is segregating the world.

    Extreme violence has now become synonymous with fundamentalist jihadists, as much as Christians regard non-Christians as pagans and lesser creatures in a sanctimonious way. Religious bigotry can be summed up thus; “a believer fights another believer, as a doubter fights only himself.” Yet we breed kids daily and orientate them on “You are wrong.” “I am right.”

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    God has no religion or color. Happy is the man that can live without color or creed. That is the truest form of religion. Spirituality encompasses humanity as a throbbing soul in the heart of the universe. Religion segments this soul into creeds and sects. Slaughtering or thowing bombs to score religious point ridicules whatever your ideal stands for, as much as seeing yourself better than a non-believer.

    We can make the world a better place. Not some Armageddon war between evil and good. As long as our thinking still reads: “I am right.” “He is wrong.” “Mine is good, his is bad.” Then we will keep swirling in the shitty muck of a tumultuous world. You want to wear your beard like some Hassidic Jew, it’s a free world, do so, but don’t expect everyone must be like that.

    Whatever your belief or idea, knowledge is a two-edge sword that could be as blinding as ignorance if the rough edges are not smoothened by broadmindedness. We all cannot wear one color, one shoe or have one belief. Give room for others in the space we call earth.

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What is written on the wall for Africa by Gaddafi?

Probably because the word opposition leader is a rarity in a monarchy and it was not yet a century before self-sovereignty was won from colonial masters… maybe this is why the word opposition is not understood in Africa.

How long are we going to keep having sit-tight rulers who abrogate upon themselves the right to decide the fate of the citizenry and probably even pass on the cloak of god-ruler to their children. Someone tell me, maybe God created some people in Heaven with blue blood to actually lord it over the rest of us with red blood.

There has been so many arguments over the fall of Gaddafi, mostly about whether it was right or wrong to pull him down from the deluded position of being untouchable. But to be factual, Gaddafi held together the seams of Libya.

 

But truth is, high time Africa started building her polity on strong institutions and not strong men. An institution that will guide subsequent leaders into the future for generations after generations. How long do we have to keep counting on strong men to carry our burdens for us when we are the strong people. Africans have to stop the mentality of always relying on someone to carry responsibilities or take the blame or fingerpointing when things are not working… do not shirk responsibilities, take them!

Gaddafi shot himself in the foot thinking he could crush the insurrection when it first started by using military hardware against his own people; until NATO had to intervene and then turn the tables in favor of the rebels. Of course it should have been the AU who was meant to have launched campaign against Gaddafi’s use of arbitrary force in contravention of the AU Article 4 (h) of the African Union Constitutive Act established in Durban S/Africa, which says (the Union has the right to intervene in a member state in respect of grave circumstances, namely war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity).

 

But who in God’s name makes up the AU to challenge Gaddafi, he has them all in his pockets. A lot of people like those who are so generous to give them money and gifts, and they will lose their sense of rationality because of this generousity, but let us not forget… fear the Greeks even when they come with gifts. The lack of the AU to live up to its own constitution results in the coming in of NATO which had been looking for the right excuse to depose Gaddafi, hook or crook.

Gaddafi had had the reputation of his regime killing black immigrants from sub-Saharan black Africans, which made the administration of Obasanjo (former Nigerian president) intervene at one time to save the lives of 21 Nigerians. This mentality has continued in the current civil war as the rebels are also continuing that brainwashed policy of racially targeting blacks for killing, bordering on genocide. It will take another generation of re-education for Libyans to finally accept blacks as fellow Africans. So much for three decades of Gaddafi’s policy on black immigrants.

We are the strength of tomorrow, and it is best if we are more rational than sentimental. Although, reason is Hellenistic and emotion is Africa, but we should start applying rationality as much as Westerners are also applying sentimentality. When Saddam was toppled, no one remembered anymore the man called Mr. 5 percent (real name Calouste Sarkis) the Turk who founded Iraqi Petroleum and was agreed to be given 5% royalty on every drop, resulting to his nickname.

Mr.5% died in 1955 and passed this royalty to his son Nubar. But 17 years later, Saddam seized Nubar’s right of 5% in the name of the Baarth party,assumed custody of the account, and shared signature of authority with defence minister Adnan Khairallah and petroleum minister Adnan Hamdani. In 1979, Saddam ordered the execution of his friend, Hamdani, and ten years after that killing, Khairallah died in a mysterious helicopter crash.

Meanwhile the money had climbed to $92million in 1973, by 1974 it was 327 million dollars. By the Iraq-Iran war it was 1.69 billion, in 1995, it was 32 billion dollars. Only one mad now had access to that account, Saddam Hussein, who was also able to build himself a chariot of solid gold. Saddam’s son, Qusay withdrew $900 million in the last days of Saddam’s regime and tried to smuggle it into Syria to escape allied forces. another $600million was found in one of Saddam’s palaces, and $ioo million with 90million euros were stacked in armored vehicles, along with gold worth half a billion dollars.

No matter how much a dictator portrays himself, the fact that no one can question him gives him the privilege to stash accounts that cannot be queried. Gaddafi did well in Libya, but fact is a dictator is a dictator. We have gone past the eras of kings and queens, and even the British monarchy is just charade. Time also has come to go beyond dictators in Africa.

The AU must wake up to its responsibilities and stop rulers who may be using military forces to quell insurrections, this will not make us looklike weaklings in Africa who always wait for the UN or NATO to come wipe our butt-holes after we have taken a dump. Let us say it as it is; as long as it is easy for even the ordinary black man who just wants to blame someone for his failure will keep fingerpointing the cause of his woes to the west, let us not mince words too about those who are not making Africa  go into the new future, whther they are African leaders or Arab leaders. Criticism should be objective.

We are too quick to always see the good in questionable leaders and trying to make excuses for their flaws, when we always want to see bad, bad, bad, no matter what about the west, yet overlook the bad, bad, bad in those we think are fighting for our future when actually they are trying to turn themselves into demi-Gods (note the absence of small letter g) and install their sons after them, like Zeus on Mount Olympus.

I love Mugabe, but he is becoming as ancient as a dinosaur and should not in his myopia sit so tight he will forget that it was better building another pan-African youth leader to rule after him, or else, when he dies, the West will simply sneak in like a fox slinking towards the door to the coop left open by the farmer.

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