Welcome to the
January 2016 Vol 23
No more Christmas for Tanzania
Hapa Kazi tu!
In many ways it is another new dawn for Tanzania, reminiscent of the days of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Tanzania’s founding president, a man famed for his spendthrift ways and his idealism. On October 29, 2015, Magufuli was announced the 5th President of the United Republic of Tanzania. The announcement was received with excitement by many Tanzanians. There was, to be sure, grumbling. Edward Lowassa, who carried the banner for the opposition coalition, UKAWA, claimed the polls had been stolen.READ MORE
A Circuit of Lies and “False Media”: Crimes against Humanity Go Unreported,
The West Continues to Perpetrate Genocide in Iraq
We have forgotten that the sanctions preceding the illegal invasion of Iraq intentionally destroyed water treatment centers and directly killed 500,000 children under age five and about 1.2 million others. The West’s on-going impunity as it continues to perpetrate genocide in Iraq should alert us to the dangers of repeated offenses elsewhere. Preliminary reports, for example, indicate that NATO is targeting water infrastructure as it illegally bombs Syria.
If its objective was to end terrorism, the “war on terror” has abjectly failed. Since it was launched in 2001, terror attacks – and the number of people killed by them – have sky-rocketed:
“Humanitarian” Military Interventions:
“Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) and the Double Game
A new version of ‘humanitarian intervention’, known as the ‘responsibility to protect’ (R2P), was developed at the turn of the 21st century. An invention of the big powers, with reference to the suggested humanitarian consequences of their supposed failures to intervene in the past, it became a tremendous moral argument for the 2011 intervention in Libya. That intervention, based on lies, was a disaster for the Libyan people. A similar course was attempted with Syria, but failed. Russia and China, in particular, were no longer prepared to play Washington’s game. However it may have sounded in theory, in practice this R2P emerged as a new tool of intervention.
Holiday Season's African's Perspective
From eyes of Africans, today's world is a living legacy of western culture's dominance that is laden with misconceptions, distortions, along with misinterpretations. These holidays are from their point of view. Another spectrum, is global African communities (whom are descendants of slavery, as well as those born on the motherland) never investigate why they celebrate them. Only a few Africans research these traditions leaving an overwhelming majority that practice them without asking any questions.
Bahamian entrepreneur makes it
Big with Caribbean area codes
Until now, perhaps better known to our readers as "Mr. Carter," the recording artist and creator of The Limbo Song, Angelo A. Carter is doing well now in the fashion industry. A Freeport, Grand Bahama native, and resident of Baltimore, Washington, Angelo's Island Code Tees (R) are worn throughout the Caribbean and have even been seen on Soca Queen, Alison Hinds. (check out her music video, Parade - see 1:49 mark)
Sunday Open Thread Holiday Music
“Do You Hear What I Hear?” is a Christmas song written in October 1962 with lyrics by Noël Regney and music by Gloria Shayne Baker. The pair were married at the time, and wrote it as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It has sold tens of millions of copies and has been covered by hundreds of artists. Noel Regney wrote the lyrics for the song, while Gloria Shayne Baker composed the Christmas carol‘s music in October 1962. This was an unusual arrangement for the two writers.
AFRICA: Richest Natural Resources, Poorest People
It sounds depressing but there is a big silver lining to it. Once we organize the people and have them manage their God given resources, the sky will be the limit. Africa is blessed with a great future and the question is when will they, the people of this great continent, get organized and start managing this blessing. Of course slavery and colonialism were great distractions. Now, it is corruption and the lack of democracy and free trade. Sometimes it seems like a spinning wheel. Remember when President Clinton claimed Cote D’Voire to be an example of stability but now it is in total chaos.
African Drought and Hydropower
Over the past few months, an energy crisis has been deepening in Zambia: the nation has been generating only 58 percent of its usual electrical capacity. The cause of this energy crisis, however, is not economic or political—it is drought. Like many sub-Saharan states, Zambia is heavily dependent on hydroelectricity, and recent drought has crippled the nation’s power supply. Zambia’s hydropower problems may only be a sign of things to come. Long-range models predict that climate change is likely to cause more droughts throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa.GREAT BENIN PEOPLE AND CIVILAZATION (1)
Benin Kingdom read, acknowledge in many history books, academic institutions and internet media, Edo once known as Igodomigodo, was the kingdom of rulers who regarded themselves as Crown-kings, those whose divine rule is derived from the King Makers – Ogiso. This is also visible in their Philosophic expression like "Agha se oghe Edo, Edo odion"-"Edo gha se oghe omwan Edo odion"- meaning Edo is senior at home and away from home. Edo kings are titled Ogiso and Oba.
Bahamas Junkano: What is it? Where is it?
And is it as much fun as it sound?
Just the word “Junkanoo” has a fun sound to it, and it is every bit as much fun as it sounds. It is an extravagant street parade filled with elaborately themed colorful costumes, music and dance that takes place in The Bahamas on Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year’s Day. The liveliest and largest of the sensational Bahamas Junkanoo party celebrations is in Nassau, but you can also experience the intoxicating carnival atmosphere on Grand Bahama Island, Eleuthera/Harbour Island, Bimini, The Exumas and The Abacos.