Wednesday, December 31, 2008

HAPPY NEW YEAR -These will take us into the New Year

Happy New Year villagers.

I haven't been fortunate enough to watch Burundi Drummers in person but I hear they are spectacular. Move over China.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Asians Returning to Uganda



Uganda is my adoptive country and I call it home since I grew up mostly there and managed to stay alive.

We had that little stint with Idi Amin that has been grossly exaggerated by the Western Media. 300,000 people were never killed (that figure came out of some one's beind. Even the UN has no exact data) by Idi Amin's regime and all those stories of cannibalism are just fantasies of the Western Media.
Anyway, Idi Amin's notoriety has stayed partly alive because he expelled the Asians.
What the Western Media failed to Note is that as Brutal as Idi Amin was said to be, no single Indian was killed during that expulsion. And also what they refuse to highlight was the brutal system that was being established. That of Asians as the middle and Upper Class and Africans as the servant class. To Ugandans Idi Amin is a hero for having halted that process. he is often placed next to Hitler. I believe Hitler killed Millions of Jews while to my knowledge, I am not aware of a single Indian that was killed during his economic war.
Today the Government of Museveni is encouraging those Asians that left to return and they have. Some have learnt from the lessons of the past. Those that went to Europe an Canada seem to be more open minded and don't take the Africans for granted, while those directly from India are coming in with their Caste mentality and treating Africans the way the Asians of the 1970s did. They didn't go through the experience and so seem not to be aware of African anger. I sense a future conflict if the Asian community does not come together to address the issues.

Anyway this came from some You tube videos I have come across made by Indians encouraging others around the world to go to Uganda which is their Land of Opportunity. These videos run with the rather annoying theme of woo is us Indians. Only the Fronline Documentary which was made by an Indian takes a critical look at how Indians behaved towards the Africans

Here they are.



Here is a Front Line documentary of a return of Asians
http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/rough/2007/05/uganda_the_retu.html

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas to all Villagers and to those trolling

Its the season to give and so here I go with some of the wacky vidoes of African dances I came across.
I thought I had seen some of the strangest but this one takes the cake. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone.



One of the perks of being the King of the Baganda is that artists will foever serenade you.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

White men attacked

I am really feeling for the White men on this one. As a Black woman, being degraded in the media has become routine and though I am still severly disturbed by it, its kind of relieving to see that we have white men joining us on the block too.

Friday, December 12, 2008

MICHELLE OBAMA UNDER ATTACK



Its stories like this that make one realize that, as a black woman, no matter how much you achieve, this society has a fixed image of you. If its not a mammy, its an angry black woman, a Sapphire, Jezebel and for racist white men (and many black men), a punching bag. A reminder to black women to never forget who you are and learn to appreciate yourself. It looks like no one else out there is going to.

E-mail about Michelle Obama's dress puts Canyon official in the hot seat

Canyon County Commissioner Steve Rule is coming under fire for circulating an e-mail that compares Michelle Obama's election-night dress to a black widow spider.

An online reporter posted an article about the e-mail Wednesday, calling it racist and outrageous. Rule says he didn't see it as racist but realizes now it was inappropriate to forward that message from his county computer.

Jill Kuraitis of New West.net obtained a printed copy of the e-mail, which Rule received from a family member then forwarded to 26 people from his county e-mail account on Dec. 2.

Kuraitis said the e-mail features a photo of a black widow spider next to a photo of Michelle Obama in a black and red dress holding her elder daughter's hand at the election-night event where Barack Obama accepted his election as the next president of the United States. Featuring boldface and underlines for emphasis, the e-mail reads, in part: "The female has a very wide backside, is Black, and has a red hour glass shaped marking on her belly You can find this spider in: Closets, Wood piles, Under Beds And soonTHE WHITE HOUSE!!!!"

Kuraitis decried the message as racist, noting that it emphasizes the word "black" and plays into racial stereotypes.

"I didn't see it that way," Rule told the Idaho Statesman. "I didn't study the e-mail I just thought the markings on her dress was very similar to that of the spider, and I thought it was kind of funny. For me, it was all about the dress."

"But apparently it offended some people, and I'm sorry," he said.

Rule, a Republican who was unopposed for re-election on November's ballot, said a relative sent the message to his private e-mail address but he forwarded it from his official e-mail to people who had sent him humorous e-mails in the past.

Canyon County has an e-mail policy that states county e-mail accounts "are to be used for job-related communications only," but that policy applies only to county employees, not to elected officials, county spokeswoman Angie Sillonis said. Commissioners and other elected officials must abide by state code, but Sillonis said she could find no state law that prohibited an action such as the e-mail forwarded by Rule.

She said the commissioners' office has not received any complaints about the e-mail.

Rule vowed not to send other e-mails from his county computer unless the message is related to county business.

"It's probably a good wake-up call for me and for all county and state employees," he said.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

African Satirist claims Obama is his relative


Obama is from Nebbi-Henry Sagara


I just learned last Wednesday morning that Barack Obama is a relative of mine. I swear I am not making this up; I am reliably informed by my grand-auntie that Barack is actually my relative. I have no reason to doubt this auntie because she has been around for sometime (her breast milk is powdered!), she always tells the truth….by accident, and she is not a historian, but history itself!


I always wondered why my pals told me that I look like Obama until the old woman sang to me that the Luo in Kenya are actually from West Nile; I know you doubt this but let me give you their history according to my grand-auntie.

About three millennia ago, a one Obama Nyo Mubarak (Barack’s great, great granny) happened to be a resident of Panyimur (my village). Due to drought in the area then, he decided to relocate to a place with greener pastures so that his goats would graze, and travelled through Pubungu, via Lake Kyoga to Kisumu, and settled in K’Ogelo, siring some kids with some local “birds”.

One of his kids later bore a one Hussein Obama (Father of Barack), who later migrated to Hawaii and later Chicago, and on his way there, he begot a son and named him Baraka Obama… (Baraka means luck and Okubama means to bump into) and this lucky son was supposed to bump into the White House.

In a nutshell, this humble man from Nebbi embarked on the longest journey in history, a journey that took 4 millennia from a humble village in Nebbi to the White House. Now I hear Kenyans are celebrating… Well, let them celebrate; I hear they know Obama’s history, but for me I know her-story (yes, my auntie’s story!).

Now that we all know that Obama is from Nebbi; let me take you through our cultural norms: You don’t cross the river without stepping on a goats… er…er balls. For that matter, I am donating a goat to be slaughtered on the steps of the White House before he gets in, and then after that, we can re-paint the house black! We are also going to rename Airforce One Abiba-One (Abiba is a kite in my language) and then we are going to start exporting angara and pedu to the American market, an AGOA of sorts.

The only thing we have to change from the Black House (formerly White House) is the Oval Office’ name; Bill Clinton exposed this office so everybody knows what happens there, so we call it the Cigar Room!

As of today, I consider myself an American citizen; I mean, when your relative is the American President, you automatically become an American.

You may call me McSaggy and call the Archbishop Owrombey Henry Lukeman! I am working on the accent bit and also trying to get the pronunciation for PENNISLYVANIA Avenue right. I know some Kenyan Luo are baying for my blood but wait, you can’t have everything, you have the Prime-Minister’s post already…What more do you want?

As for McCain, I think he should consider standing for President of Uganda… He’s a war hero, he knows how to attack his opponents on a personal level, he has a bald head, and he also has a vision. Typical candidate for Uganda’s Presidency come 2011! He only has to get citizenship and learn how to say ageende without an accent!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Belgian Couple sold baby over internet.


The couple who sold their newborn baby on the internet were from the Belgium town of Ghent


Is this the effect of the global economic downturn? The icing on the cake on this story is that its not illegal to sell babies in the Netherlands. Okay those Dutch are known to be very liberal with prostitution and drugs but this???!!!


Dutch 'internet baby' case opens - from the BBC

A Dutch court is hearing the case of a Dutch couple's alleged illegal adoption of a baby over the internet from a couple in Belgium.

The court in Zwolle is considering who should have custody of the baby, reportedly sold for thousands of euros.

The case was brought by the Dutch Child Protection Council, which says the Dutch couple violated adoption rules.

It says the baby should be placed in the care of a "neutral foster family" - with no ties to either of the couples.

Kees Dijkman, a spokesman for the council, told BBC News that the Dutch couple had "stolen a child's identity" by breaking the international rules of adoption. He said that could be very damaging to the baby in the future.

Couple 'feeling bad'

The case of the baby - known only as "Baby J" - was brought to light by the Dutch TV programme Netwerk in a recent broadcast.

It said the baby had been born in Belgium's northern city of Ghent in the summer.

The Belgian couple - who already had a child - then decided to sell the baby because they could not afford to raise two children, Netwerk said.

It then informed the Dutch justice ministry about its investigation, and the case was brought to the Zwolle court by the Dutch Child Protection Council.

A lawyer for the Belgian couple this week told Belgium's VTM television that they felt bad about their decision and now wanted their baby back.

Prosecutors in Ghent have also opened an inquiry into an alleged false declaration of identity, following reports that the Dutch couple had registered the baby with the Belgian authorities.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

India Sunk the wrong ship!



File image of Indian navy frigate INS Tabar

This is what happens when one becomes over zealous. India, thought it had hit Pirate gold and attacked a so called mother ship they though belonged to Somali Pirates. Somalis are not that rich to have that many vessels to float them out. I wonder why any one imagined that those simple pirates would have such a vessel. On the other hand, they have given the pirates a better idea. Here is the latest from CNN about a Thai ship they sunk. SMH. Also amazing is how the story took so long to come out.

BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) -- Fourteen sailors are still missing from a Thai trawler that was sunk last week by the Indian navy as a suspected pirate ship, the vessel's owner said Tuesday.


One crewman was found alive after six days adrift in the Gulf of Aden, and one is confirmed dead, said Wicharn Sirichaiekawat, owner of the Ekawat Nava 5.

Last week, India's navy reported that the frigate INS Tabar had battled a pirate "mother vessel" in the gulf November 18, leaving the ship ablaze and likely sunk. Wicharn said that vessel was his ship, which was in the process of being seized by pirates when it came under fire.

Indian authorities insisted that their ship had acted against a pirate vessel which had threatened to attack the Tabar.

"We fired in self-defense and in response to firing upon our vessel. It was a pirate vessel in the international waters and its stance was aggressive," Commodore Nirad Sinha, a navy spokesman, told CNN. He said the ship the Tabar fired upon was laden with ammunition. Watch more about the piracy threat in the region »

Wicharn told reporters that the Ekawat Nava 5 was headed from Oman to Yemen to deliver fishing equipment when it was set upon by pirates off the Horn of Africa. The pirates were seizing control of the ship when the Tabar moved in, he said.

Wicharn said he learned the fate of his vessel from a Cambodian crew member who survived the gunfire and drifted in the ocean for six days before he was plucked to safety by a passing ship. The sailor was recovering in a hospital in Yemen, he said.

Wicharn said his ship made a distress call on November 18 as it was chased by pirates in two speedboats, but the connection was lost midway. The owners, Sirichai Fisheries, had not heard from the crew since then.

Later that evening, the Indian navy said it encountered a suspected pirate "mother vessel," with two speedboats in tow, about 285 nautical miles (525 km) southwest of the Omani port of Salalah. "Mother vessels" are often used as mobile bases to ferry pirates and smaller attack boats into deep water.

When the Tabar's crew hailed the ship and demanded it stop for inspection, the pirates threatened to destroy the Indian ship, the ministry reported.

An international fleet has been patrolling the waters off the Horn of Africa in an effort to crack down on pirates based in largely lawless Somalia. Map of piracy incidents in 2008 »

Pirates have attacked more than 90 vessels off East Africa so far this year, according to the International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Center, which monitors piracy around the world, including a Saudi supertanker captured earlier this month.

The latest ship seized was a Yemeni freighter Adina taken last week with a crew of seven on board, including two Yemenis, two Panamanians and three Somalis, security sources in Yemen told CNN.

The government is in direct contact with officials in Somalia to work on rescuing the ship, for which the hijackers are asking for a $2 million ransom.


While the pirate take over of the Saudi super-tanker highlights the dangers facing cargo ships navigating the Horn of Africa, marine security experts are warning that racing boats, private charters and luxury yachts can be far easier pirate targets -- rich people usually carry cash, and jewels. Watch the risks facing racers and luxury sailors »

And competitors in the world's biggest ocean race made an unprecedented change of course this year as organizers mandated yachts steer clear of Africa's east coast.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Black women now earning more than their white counterparts


Constance Briscoe, who became one of Britain's first black female judges


This is now happening in Britain. Is this good news really? According to some recent research Black women are out earning their white counterparts. The study also shows that Black British women have a work ethic twice that of all other women and equal to that of White men. So what exactly does this all this mean? To me it seems official, Black women cannot wholly depend on Black men the way women of other races depend on their men. Is this a good thing? Are we redefining woman hood or are we simply being further victimized?

Here is an article from the Daily Mail

Black women are earning more than white women in Britain for the first time, official figures suggest.

On average, women who described their ethnicity as 'Black Caribbean' have taken home more pay in 2008 than their white counterparts. The pay gap grew to 6 per cent in the three months to October, when black women earned an average £462 per week - against £436 for white women.

It is a reversal on the figures for 2007, when white women earned over 7 per cent more than black women on average.
The trend emerged in an analysis of data from the Office for National Statistics, based on the authoritative Labour Force Survey.
But experts at the Equality and Human Rights Commission cautioned against 'over-simplifying', warning that black women were still under-represented compared with white women in the senior ranks of many professions despite recent strides.
A spokesman said the trend may be linked to working and residential patterns, explaining: 'Black women are more likely to live in London, where wages are higher, and work in the public sector, where the pay gap for women generally is lower.'
In addition, it is thought financial pressures mean black women are less likely to switch to part-time work after having children, meaning they suffer less of a pay penalty when returning to work.
Meanwhile many work in health or social services where pay has been rising.
The pay trend follows other strides made by black women in recent years including the appointment of two to the Cabinet, including Baroness Scotland, the Attorney General, and others to senior positions in the judiciary.
Colleen Harris, the first black press officer at Downing Street, told the Sunday Times, which published the analysis, she was 'cynical about the figures'.
But she added: 'Black women do work very hard, and often they are the single earner in a household and have the whole weight of a family on their shoulders.'
The figures come at a time of growing concern over the under-achievement of white working-class youngsters, particularly boys.
They have worse GCSE results than almost any other group and are less likely to go to university.
Just 15 per cent of white working-class boys finished compulsory schooling last year having mastered the three Rs, gaining five good GCSEs including the core subjects of English and maths.
For black boys from similar backgrounds, the figure is 22 per cent while for Asians it is 29 per cent and Chinese 52 per cent.
Figures also show black Caribbean girls of any background doing better than their male counterparts.
Some 38.5 per cent achieved five good GCSEs including the three Rs last year, against 26.5 per cent of black Caribbean boys

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Piracy a serious Industry in Somalia's Puntland



When I first heard of Somali Piracy over a year ago, I immediately foresaw a serious growth in activity given that Somalis have had a dysfunctional state for the past 18 years. This year alone over 80 attacks have taken place. With almost daily attacks in the last 2 weeks. These guys have become battle hardened and given that there is all this wealth roaming around them, the obvious inclination for people used to lawlessness is to pirate. I am personally surprised it has taken so long for them to get this active. The danger that I see now is for all sorts of criminal elements from all over the continent taking up piracy on the high seas around Africa. Last week a Chinese Fishing vessel was high jacked with 24 on board. Question is, what where the Chinese doing fishing in that region? This is an aspect not reported about. The Somali Fishermen have long had an axe to grind with big foreign vessels depleting their fish resources. But this is not something you are going to hear much about. So now they have picked up an even more lucrative business, piracy.
Following is a BBC article about the economic growth of Puntland whose biggest income earner is Piracy. So good luck to all those flexing their muscles on ending piracy. The infrastructure and system around piracy have been set up, getting rid of them will be quite the challenge.



Life in Somalia's pirate town

By Mary Harper
BBC Africa analyst


Whenever word comes out that pirates have taken yet another ship in the Somali region of Puntland, extraordinary things start to happen.


Pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia have been surging

There is a great rush to the port of Eyl, where most of the hijacked vessels are kept by the well-armed pirate gangs.

People put on ties and smart clothes. They arrive in land cruisers with their laptops, one saying he is the pirates' accountant, another that he is their chief negotiator.

With yet more foreign vessels seized off the coast of Somalia this week, it could be said that hijackings in the region have become epidemic.

Insurance premiums for ships sailing through the busy Gulf of Aden have increased tenfold over the past year because of the pirates, most of whom come from the semi-autonomous region of Puntland.

In Eyl, there is a lot of money to be made, and everybody is anxious for a cut.

Entire industry

The going rate for ransom payments is between $300,000 and $1.5m (£168,000-£838,000).

A recent visitor to the town explained how, even though the number of pirates who actually take part in a hijacking is relatively small, the whole modern industry of piracy involves many more people.


"The number of people who make the first attack is small, normally from seven to 10," he said.

"They go out in powerful speedboats armed with heavy weapons. But once they seize the ship, about 50 pirates stay on board the vessel. And about 50 more wait on shore in case anything goes wrong."

Given all the other people involved in the piracy industry, including those who feed the hostages, it has become a mainstay of the Puntland economy.

Eyl has become a town tailor-made for pirates - and their hostages.

Special restaurants have even been set up to prepare food for the crews of the hijacked ships.

As the pirates want ransom payments, they try to look after their hostages.

When commandos from France freed two French sailors seized by pirates off the Somali coast in September, President Nicolas Sarkozy said he had given the go-ahead for the operation when it was clear the pirates were headed for Eyl - it would have been too dangerous to try to free them from there.

The town is a safe-haven where very little is done to stop the pirates - leading to the suggestion that some, at least, in the Puntland administration and beyond have links with them.

Many of them come from the same clan - the Majarteen clan of the president of Somalia's transitional federal government, Abdullahi Yusuf.

Money to spend

The coastal region of Puntland is booming.

Fancy houses are being built, expensive cars are being bought - all of this in a country that has not had a functioning central government for nearly 20 years.

Observers say pirates made about $30m from ransom payments last year - far more than the annual budget of Puntland, which is about $20m.


A Canadian navy ship escorted a recent delivery of food aid to Somalia

When the president of Puntland, Adde Musa, was asked about the reported wealth of pirates and their associates, he said: "It's more than true".

Now that they are making so much money, these 21st Century pirates can afford increasingly sophisticated weapons and speedboats.

This means that unless more is done to stop them, they will continue to plunder the busy shipping lanes through the Gulf of Aden.

They even target ships carrying aid to feed their compatriots - up to a third of the population.

Warships from France, Canada and Malaysia, among others, now patrol the Somali coast to try and fend off pirate attacks.

An official at the International Maritime Organisation explained how the well-armed pirates are becoming increasingly bold.

More than 30% of the world's oil is transported through the Gulf of Aden.

"It is only a matter of time before something horrible happens," said the official.

"If the pirates strike a hole in the tanker, and there's an oil spill, there could be a huge environmental disaster".

It is likely that piracy will continue to be a problem off the coast of Somalia as long as the violence and chaos continues on land.

Conflict can be very good for certain types of business, and piracy is certainly one of them.

Weapons are easy to obtain and there is no functioning authority to stop them, either on land or at sea.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Brace yourselves. Another one leaves the KKK reservation in Austria

Well expect more of these in the next four years. Some of us will be tracking them.

New Obama race row as Austrian TV pundit says black people 'are not civilised enough to rule'
From the Daily Mail
Incendiary: Klaus Emmerich, left, talks on Austrian TV during the U.S. election coverage

Austria's official state broadcaster is refusing to sack a senior political commentator who said blacks were not civilised enough to rule.
Klaus Emmerich, the retired editor-in-chief of Austrian broadcaster ORF's news and current affairs service, is the station's top political commentator for U.S. affairs. Der Spiegel likened him to Wolf Blitzer, CNN's legendary political commentator.

But covering the election in which Barack Obama was elected American president, Emmerich said: 'I do not want the western world being directed by a black man. And if you say this is a racist remark, I say you are damn right it is.'

Following his outburst, the moderator prevented Emmerich from speaking again.
But Emmerich took an even harder line in newspaper interviews later, calling Mr Obama's victory 'a highly disturbing development' because 'blacks are not as far advanced in the civilisation process nor in their political progress'.

Slur: Barack Obama has 'a devilish talent', the Austrian journalist claimed
He went on to tell Die Presse that Mr Obama has 'a devil-like talent to present his rhetoric so effectively'.

Emmerich, who has worked in the news for 61 years, made his incendiary remarks just five weeks after Austria drew international condemnation when two far-right parties won 29 per cent of the vote in national elections.
The row over his comments comes as Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi was blasted for calling Mr Obama 'tanned', apparently in an inept attempt at humour.
The 80-year-old pundit called Obama a 'talented man, but a branded man' - apparently referring to the president-elect's skin colour.
ORF bosses disassociated themselves from Emmerich's remarks but have refused to ban him from future work. They say they are still reviewing the situation.
'We have never had any comments from Mr. Emmerich which would indicate he has such opinions,' said Pius Strobl, head of communications at the channel.

Monday, November 10, 2008

MIRIAM MAKEBA , RIP



Sunday, November 9, 2008

BB - Before Barack, AB - After Barack

I am not a huge fan of DL- Hughley but I find some of his latest work on CNN quite profound. This interview brings out two different perspectives of America before Barack Obama. Spike Lee aptly put it that there are two eras now, Before Barack and After Barack.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Here we go. Italian Prime Minster's comments racist towards Obama?


By Nick Squires in Rome
Last Updated: 3:46PM GMT 07 Nov 2008

The Italian prime minister provoked outrage when he described US President-elect Barack Obama as "young, handsome and also tanned."

The media mogul, well known for his gaffes, sexist remarks and blunt language, was savaged by opposition politicians at home and criticised in American newspapers for the bizarre remark, made during a state visit to Russia.

The leader of the centre-left opposition, Walter Veltroni, said the comment "seriously damages the image and dignity of our country on the international scene."

Italy's only black MP, Jean-Leonard Touadi, said Mr Berlusconi had embarrassed his country.

"In the United States, a joke like that wouldn't just be politically incorrect, but a great offence to this amazing example of integration, which it seems the Italian premier should take as an example."

But as his opponents demanded an apology be issued, Mr Berlusconi, 72, said the remark was in fact "a great compliment".

He said his critics lacked a sense of humour, adding: "God save us from imbeciles. How can you take such a great compliment negatively?"

But opposition MP Massimo Donadi, of the Italy of Values party, said it was Mr Berlusconi who was guilty of imbecility.

He said: "To make a wisecrack on race at the moment in which America is freeing itself of the heavy burden of racism is the saddest and unhappiest thing that a head of government could do."

Mr Berlusconi made the suntan remark at a press conference in Moscow, when he said the relative youth of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, 43, and President-elect Obama, 47, should make it easier for Moscow and Washington to work together.

Smiling and speaking in Italian, he said through a translator: "I told the president that (Obama) has everything needed in order to reach deals with him – he's young, handsome and even tanned."

While there was no official comment from the Democratic Party, Mr Berlusconi's odd remark was condemned by ordinary Americans.

"What a muscle head," one New York Times reader wrote on the newspaper's website, while another advised the Italian prime minister to "mind his own business." Typical of the reaction of many who filled 48 pages of comment was the reader who wrote: "Apologise if you like, moron. You're irrelevant." Hundreds of Italians posted messages on US news websites, apologising for Mr Berlusconi's remark.

"I apologise to our American friends. Today I am ashamed to be Italian," wrote Marco from Milan.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

SALUTE, the unsung white hero of the 1968 Olympics Civil Rights protest



One of the most powerful images of the twentieth century coming third after JFK's Assasination and and Man's landing on the moon is this 1968 photo at the olympics. Little has been said about the white guy in the photo and his own role. Well now there is a documentary made by his nephew Matt Norman about his contribution to the Civil rights movement and the heavy price he paid for his actions among which was the death of his athletic career. Of late I have heard disgruntled voices over the lack of recognition of non black people that contributed to the Civil Rights movement. From my understanding this movie does tackle that theme too.
This is a thorny issue that sooner or later will have to be faced head on. How much was done by who and how effective were they is such a grey area in the tumultuous race relations in this country.

Here is the movie trailer.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008

Karimajong kills son for rape of sister

Are these people really uncivilized? This story got me wondering. There are many African Cultures that despite the National laws in place still insist and adhere to long practised traditions. In this case a man got his sons sentenced to death for raping their sister. In these types of cultures obviously, incest is beyond taboo and is punished by death. Is this extreme or is it simply a necessary evil?


Karimajong holding some sort of community meeting

K’jong kills son for rape of sister
David Mafabi

Nakapiripirit, North Eastern Uganda.

A man in Karamoja chaired a traditional court and sentenced his two sons to death for raping their sister, Daily Monitor can reveal.

Mr Abura Apalalu chaired the court, set up under traditional cultural rules, that sat at Longorinyangai village, Namalu Sub-county in Nakapiripit District on October 3 and sentenced the two men, both his sons, to death, UPDF 3rd Division Spokesman, Capt. Henry Obbo confirmed.

The incident has also been separately confirmed by the Karamoja Regional Police Commander, Mr Okot Obwana. He said Mr Apalalu was arrested after one of his sons, Piyan Lokalei, was canned to death after the sentence was passed. The second son, whose name was not readily available, sustained severe injuries from the beating he received.

Mr Apalalu and other family members, who constituted the court will be prosecuted, the deputy Regional Police Commander, Mr Francis Bratti, said without giving details of the charges.
“We are tracing the other family members and shall have them arrested,” said Mr Bratti.

According to Mr Andrew Keem Napaja, the Nakapiripit RDC, the two young men sneaked into their sister’s room and raped her. “This is abominable in Karamoja, it is equated to wizardry and one in traditional Karamoja society is supposed to be hanged for committing such an act,” Mr Napaja told Daily Monitor.
However, the RDC said it was wrong for the family, led by the father, to mete out a punishment that led to the death of Lokalei.

Karamoja, in northeastern Uganda, is one of the remotest and poorest regions of the country and many residents still live traditional lifestyles governed by local rules and customs.
Rape is a capital offence that is tried only by the High Court.The traditional courts have no powers to try and hang suspects.

Capt. Obbo told Daily Monitor earlier in the week that the UPDF, which runs a disarmament programme in Karamoja, is opposed to the traditional justice system there. The army last year saved two people who had been sentenced to life imprisonment in an illegal detention centre – a pit dug in the ground – on orders of a traditional court.

Five people have been hanged on orders of the Karimajong traditional clan court sitting at Namalu in the last year. Last May, a village court in Karamoja condemned to death three men and hanged one of them before the UPDF intervened and rescued the others. The three had been accused of murdering a man who had beaten them in a cards game.

The victim allegedly won Shs80,000 in the gamble. Challenged by his fellow players, the victim refused to refund the money and walked away. The three reportedly ran after him and beat him to death. Capt. Obbo said mid last year they rescued another three people who had been sentenced by the traditional clan court to death and arrested the culprits.

However, the UPDF’s efforts to charge the elders behind the traditional court system were frustrated because the local people declined to come to court to give evidence.

“The traditional justice system in which majority of these people believe in is another challenge for us,” Capt. Obbo said. “Even some of the educated Karimojong believe in their traditional court system. It is as if the area is not governed by the laws of Uganda. It is like a jungle.”

The Karamoja sub-region United Nations human rights desk confirmed they have registered cases of abuse through the traditional court system presided over by local chiefs trying especially cases of thefts, adultery, rape and defilement.

“We have not heard about this particular one but last year we registered cases at Kakuwam and Kakomongole parishes where people were hanged while others were rescued by police and UPDF while in life imprisonment detention locally,” said Francis Oluka, a United Nations official.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

The things white people say......

Recently an Italian American instructor of mine talked to us about the back room talk in White circles during this election. As you can imagine this is some pretty racist stuff.
So this was insider information on what white people say when they know no one is around to hold them to it. In his own defense, he said he was no different from an outsider since Italians had to hassle to be accepted into whiteness. I have met a few white people of this nature, they tend to be Jews or Italians and they, maybe for acceptance purposes, blow the whistle on the racism of other white folk. I find their motives questionable but that is another matter.
Having witnessed this sort of backroom talk by white people myself up close and personal, I wasn't surprised at what he had to say.
But what I have found intriguing of late is that if you were to call these people up on their racism, they will die denying it. I wonder why that is. Anyway, I now have a little hobby of getting evidence of raw racist moments when they occur and would like to see if someone can wiggle themselves out of it. It should be fascinating.
I came across a clip from The daily show in which the reporter Wyatt is covering a Jewish Senior citizen's group. The general attitude of the senior citizens towards the Obama- MCCain Debate is questionable but its one lady's description of Michelle that makes this a racist golden moment. At around 3.40 you will hear some rather offensive remarks directed at Michelle. I bet you that old lady doesn't consider herself racist.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Racist bolt - with love from Croatia and New Mexico


Heskey, recipient of the monkey sound treatment from Croatia's football fans.

When one is beginning to get deluded that the world is getting better, a dark cloud appears and out comes a racist bolt. It would be fascinating to have a daily tracking of what I now call racist bolts, incessant attacks on black humanity.
A community, country or a public figure makes a racist statement or acts in a racist manner to remind the black species that they are lesser than the rest of humanity. It appears as if the more public outrage there is, the more charged the next bolt becomes. Most recently there are two bolts, one was from New Mexico GOP Hispanic leader Fernando C. de Baca, on why Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will do well in that state:


"The truth is that Hispanics came here as conquerors. African-Americans came here as slaves. Hispanics consider themselves above blacks. They won’t vote for a black president".

And following is the latest from Europe's cultured football fans.
My reaction, pure fascination. Most people actually think this way but not many will say it. You have to give those Hispanic bolters that.


And now to Europe;

GENEVA (AFP) - World football's ruling body FIFA on Thursday fined the Croatian Football Federation 30,000 Swiss francs after Croat fans racially abused England striker Emile Heskey during a World Cup qualifier.

FIFA warned that further infringements "would lead to more severe sanctions".

En route to an eventual 4-1 victory for England earlier this month, Heskey was taunted with monkey chants from a section of the Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb when he was booked for fouling Niko Kovac.
England's Football Association then took the case to FIFA.
It is not the first time Croatia's fans have been sanctioned for racist abuse.
Croatia had to pay a small fine during Euro 2008 for racist abuse from their fans during their game against Turkey.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fire your stylists!


I don't kmow who should be more offended, President Bush or Uganda's President Museveni.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Palin's Pastor eruption with love from Kenya


Pastor Thomas Muthee


It looks like Kenyans are running out of Marathons and into American Politics. This is a hillarious story about Palin's much favored Pastor Thomas Muthee who is literally a witch hunter. Fact is indeed stranger than fiction.

Palin under fire over African pastor friend who waged witch-hunt against woman he believed caused car crashes

By Paul Thompson


Vice presidential pick Sarah Palin is known for her strident views on religion and the power of prayer.

But her credibility is once again being questioned after an African pastor she credits with helping her political career was revealed to have waged a witch-hunt against a woman who was said to cause car crashes with her "demonic spells."

In June, Palin told how a visiting pastor from Kenya had foretold she was destined for greater things.

She told other members of the Assembly of God church in her home town of Wasilla, Alaska, that Thomas Muthee had laid his hands on her head and prayed over her when they met in 2005.

After what the 44-year-old described as his "awesome" prayer she went on to become Alaska's first governor.

Recalling the event, Palin said “As I was mayor and Pastor Muthee was here and he was praying over me, and you know how he speaks and he’s so bold.


"And he was praying “Lord make a way, Lord make a way.

“And I’m thinking, this guy’s really bold, he doesn’t even know what I’m going to do, he doesn’t know what my plans are.

"And he’s praying not “oh Lord if it be your will may she become governor,” no, he just prayed for it.

"He said “Lord make a way and let her do this next step. And that’s exactly what happened.”

Muthee had visited her church in Alaska in his role as the founder of the Word of Faith Church, also known as the Prayer Cave.


But it has now emerged that he was once involved in driving out a woman from her home who local villagers believed was a witch.

The pastor speaks of his offensive against a demonic presence in the town of Kiambu in a trailer for a evangelical video “Transformations”, made by a Christian research and information agency.

The full Transformations video featuring Muthee’s story was on YouTube but has now been removed.

Details of what happened were reported at the time in the Christian Science Monitor, as well as on numerous evangelical websites.

According to the Monitor, six months of prayer and research identified the source of the witchcraft as a local woman called Mama Jane.

Her alleged involvement in fortune-telling and the fact that she lived near the site of a number of fatal car accidents led Pastor Muthee to publicly brand her a witch.

He ordered her to offer her up her soul for salvation or leave Kiambu.

“Muthee held a crusade that 'brought about 200 people to Christ'”, the Monitor said.


They set up round-the-clock prayer intercession and eventually, says the pastor “the demonic influence was broken”, and Mama Jane fled the town.

According to accounts of the witch-hunt circulated on evangelical websites, after Mutheee spoke out against Mama Jane many villagers demanded she be stoned.


Police raided her home and shot a pet python which was believed to be a demon.

Muthee,who said he became a pastor after "God spoke" to him in 1989, has frequently referred to this witch-hunt in his sermons as an example of the power of “spiritual warfare”.

Friday, September 12, 2008

In Spain you and him have equal rights



The Chimps, Orangutans, Gorillas etal have arrived. Well at least in Spain. The Spanish Law makers have passed a law giving the great ones basic human rights.
The legislators based their declaration on one made by the Great Ape Project.
http://www.greatapeproject.org/

It promotes the right to life, the protection of individual freedom and the prohibition of torture. The Great Ape Project was founded 15 years based on a book of that name by the philosophers Peter Singer and Paola Cavalieri.

Here is the great Ape Protection Act that was delivered in Congress last April
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:H.R.5852:"

Who said the world wasn't becoming a better place?

I am curious to see how fast this one goes through congress. From what I gather, most countries are considering adopting the same position and passing the laws. In short The Great Apes will soon be considered equal to humans, at least on paper.

This just jogged up a memory for me. I have not watched 'Gorillas in the Mist' but I come from the area where the Gorillas live and as a result of that movie we have an endless flow of tourists from all over the world coming to see the Gorillas. I am not sure what story the movie tells but from what I gathered on the ground, Diane Forsey was killed by the very people who knew her and probably worked for her. One reason given was that she treated the Gorillas better than her human workers.

Not to hate on the Primate's freedom , but with this sudden recognition and the granting of "equality" (and I read somewhere that part of the process creating this declaration was done in Congo-Kinshasa where there is an ongoing forgotten genocide), could we have a Diane Forsey like back clash on a large scale, only that this time the primates these people seek to protect will be the actual victims?

But not to be rude, I would like to welcome the new members to the Human race, Good luck buddies.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Oprah; The Billion Dollar Mammy


I have wanted to say this for a long time but since I tend to get alot of flak for what I write, I wanted to leave this sacred cow alone however latest developments have changed that.

Oprah is caught up in a controversy over not accepting to interview Governor Palin on her show. Her argument is that though she supports Obama, she never intended to use her show to interview candidates or promote them. Granted she interviewed Obama afew times but this was before he became a candidate.

This would not have been much news to me if her ratings were stable but alas her ratings have fallen 7% since she endorsed Obama. Those on the right argue that by interviewing Palin she will reclaim her lost conservative viewers. Really? Okay let us get this straight, Oprah was fine to these women until she decided to show a preferance for a Presidential candidate that was not favorible to these white women viewers.

Which brings me to what I had long suspected. What exactly has been Oprah's appeal to these Surbuban and small town white women? Is there any profound Wisdom that Oprah puts out that cannot be found anywhere? Personally my favorite people of Wisdom are actually White males like Scott Peck and Wayne Dyer. I am not sure of their political affiliations but that is besides my preferance for their work.

I was therefore always suspiscious of Oprah's audience, I always felt that she played into some sick role of a mammmy in these women's minds. I have lived in the states long enough to experience the nurturing role projected on Black women by White women in this society. Its for that reason that I am very wary of friendships with White American women, there are many Scarlet O'haras out there. And like many of my biases I bet in the next few days I will meet a decent white woman that does not have that sick need, (a way of my higher power to knock the wind of prejudice out of me).

Anyway back to Oprah, its not hard to psychoanalyze this audience she lost. She was as good as long as she stuck to the role they prescribed to her in their mind which is a mammy to serve their psychological needs and make them feel comfortable in their plantation Master's daughter's precious minds. It was arrogant, uppity and downright disgraceful of her to assume that she could elevate herself to their level. She seems to have forgotten who she is and her place.

If I were Oprah right now I would be considering pulling a Dave Chappell, she has a home in South Africa right?

Oprah, I would call it a wrap at this point, unfortunately I can not congratulate you for a job well done. How do you congratulate a mammy? For surviving? Alright then, good job surviving.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Well Well.....


And now the news comes out the Sara Palin's 17 year old daughter is pregnant. They were forced to come out with it after internet rumors that her 4 month old baby is actualy her daughter's. This in conservative circles is a huge scandal and everyone is trying to save face. How do I know? I have had first hand experience of having an older sibling get pregnant at age 15.
If you think Conservatives in America over react to this stuff, consider this; In my culture less than a century ago a pregnant teenage girl was killed by throwing her down a water fall. It is a disgrace and brings dishonor and shame to the family. There is nothing that screams poor parenting than a pregant teenage child. For my sister, my father disowned her. Parents from my culture still do this.

And back to Palin. Considering the impact and embarrassment from this, shouldn't she be concentrating on her family and the issues arising out of this other than running for one of the highest offices in the land? In my family's situation, almost everything fell apart. Life is not the same after such and event which surprises me that Palin will put her career before her family. Some may argue that she is putting America first, but is she?

Granted, teenagers are rebellious but going by conservative standards, we can safely say that a pregnant teenager does indeed say something about the parenting they received, lack of sex education maybe? What made her go out there and be so reckless knowing the dangers out there? Is she aware of the other dangers of unprotected sex other than pregnancy ? Or was she just relying on her God?

Something doesn't look good about this whole saga and its not simply the embarrassment of a teenage prenancy but of the mother that has let the scandal onto the national stage and putting her daughter up for such painful scrutiny instead of helping hold her hand while she goes through probably the most traumatic event of her life. As a woman and mother, Palin doesn't look good.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

DIDDY, STFU!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

WOW! Yes we can.

Okay, I have been away too long and missed this video. Even if Obama is not voted in I think his achievement is one of the greatest not because he made it so far as an individual but the impact he has had on American society in general and young blacks in particular all over the world.

On the otherhand, is it me or is Scarlette Johansson appearing more than necessary? I bet a black man edited that video. And why did she put off her engagement????? And since when did she start singing?????

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Spanish Basket ball team racist towards Chinese?


Race relations gone global.

We are used to Spanish Soccer fans throwing bananas and making monkey sounds at black players but this time the Basket Ball Olympic team has joined in the action. They took this controversial photo slanting their eyes and the Chinese are up in arms.

Memo to the Spanish;
Chinese have gigantic economic muscles, so whether their call of racism is debate able, you really need to watch yourselves. This shit is old and while you and the Portuguese gifted the world with racism's birth mother, slavery, the Chinese wont take that crap lying down. Just in case you didn't realize that.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Who knew blacks could swim?

Its only when I came to America that I heard that blacks could not swim from my Southern White friends. Their reasoning was that Black people have too much lean mass and are incapable of floating.
Having swam since I was one in the Indian Ocean, this thinking puzzled me but apparently many people believe it out here. This is a perfect example on how ignorance works. The racist perpetuates a myth and the target victim ends up believing it which explains why a good portion of blacks in this country can't swim.
In African villages you will find almost all kids swim in the lakes and rivers and that is why the most deaths by wild animals are caused by crocodiles. So wherever this myth came from, it should take a back seat as more black kids like Cullen Jones get into swimming and prove that they can bring home Olympic gold despite the color of their skin.



And here is Cullen Jones in a Johnson commercial

Sunday, August 10, 2008

WOW! The New American Dream?

Why would Chinese want to deny their heritage ? Minorities really need to get their ish together.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

McCain ads, It doesn't get better than this



It looks like McCain has made new enemies out of the Hiltons. His little attempt at humour seems to have backfired. Paris has responded with her own version that will no doubt become popular. Plus her very protective mother has given McCain a much deserved tongue lashing.
Considering she and her husband contributed the allowed maximum of $2300 each to McCain's campaign, you would think he would be more courteous and would never even think of insulting their daughter. Mrs Hilton stopped short of completely endorsing Obama. So much for a a campaign strategy.
Here is Paris serving it up.

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Finally I watched Mandingo


I always heard about the movie but never had the interest in watching it because I had the idea that is was based on the sexualization of the black male and wanted nothing to do with it.
The movie turned out a lot worse than I imagined. The black man was basically an animal with the status of a mule and the Black woman a sexual beast. So much for entertainment. Of course looking at the movie one wonders how far, really, America has come. I lived in a white neighborhood in the South, and their attitudes at the rawest were not that different from the movie. To them those were the good old days.

Looking at such movies, I really wonder if racial reconciliation is possible. On the one hand you have White Americans that are descendants of the oppressors and continue to gain from an oppressive system towards blacks and are still held accountable. On the other hand you have the descendants of the oppressed who still live in a system that it still oppressive and still need to come to terms with what happened.

If one was to advise the two sides on how to reconcile, it would be VERY tricky if not impossible.

There is little to tell the whites except to try and work against that which still oppresses the Black American and confront racism.
Unfortunately for the Black American, the hardest work needs to be done by them. There is the issue of grieving the past and coming to terms with the present. Then there is the issue of forgiveness. Reconciliation is not possible without forgiveness. Meaning Black America needs to forgive White America (I told you this was going to be tough).
Then to top that up, Black America needs to deal with its own bigotry just like White America needs to deal with its own racism. And we shouldn't forget, those little annoying problems we keep hearing about in the Black Community, those need to be handled too by Black people themselves.

So it looks like the work towards better race relations is, like all things racial, unequal with Blacks having the bigger task.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Apology for slavery?


Congressman Steve Cohen

Finaly it has happened the House on Tuesday 29th July issued an unprecedented apology to black Americans for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow segregation laws.

This is the work of the only White Congressman representing a majority black constituency, Congressman Steve Cohen of Tennessee. I was curious to know what type of white person had the heart and courage to make such a move after so many have lacked not only courage but some basic humane skills to do so. Then I discovered that the congressman is Jewish, and like we all know, the Jews have been partners in Civil Rights struggles so that shouldn't be too much of a surprise. Also his constituency is over 60% black.

I can't help but wonder if there is a non Jewish white Congress man with a majority constituency of non blacks that would ever have the ability to do the same.
So this apology being pushed by a person whose heritage had little to do with slavery really still puts the political leadership to shame. I applaud Congressman Cohen's amazing accomplishment. I expected a little more from Washington for such a long overdue gesture. It looks to me like one victim consoling another while the oppressor looks on. Maybe in afew days we will get the real position of Washington but for now it all looks a little bizzare.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Obama's wailing wall prayer published



It can't get lower than this and thankfully this was not done in America. Obama's prayer at the Wailing wall in Jerusalem was nicked by an Israeli Seminarian who then took it around to different News Papers. All rejected it except for one that published it. I am at a loss of words on this one. There are certain lines regardless of political fights that should never be crossed.
My reaction would be the same if this was done to McCain who I actually do like as a human being. Though politics tend to bring the worst out of people, once you look beneth the superficial and still can see the person, then that is person worth of your respect. I feel that way for McCain so if his private prayer was published I would be bothered by it and would wish bad luck to the person that did it. So this has nothing to do with who one supports or not, taking someone's prayer and using it as political capital is the worst political tactic right below assasination.
I wonder if this says anything about Israel or the people's attitude towards Obama.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Shopping while Black


This is why Black people in America need to seriously come up with Smart Black spending strategies. Don't put money in places that don't respect your humanity.
This is the latest from CNN's Black in America series.

By Soledad O'Brien
For Atlanta native Leah Wells, it's the humiliation she remembers most.

Not long ago, Wells sent me a note and forwarded a letter she had just mailed to Glenn Murphy, chairman and CEO of Gap Inc. The letter detailed what happened when Wells and two girlfriends decided to ditch the gym during an office lunch break and do some "power-shopping" instead. The three young women, all in their 20s and all black, ended up detained for shoplifting.

"We were dressed professionally," Wells told me. "It was casual Friday. We had on dresses and casual office wear. We were racially profiled. It was as simple as that."

Wells says she and her friends were detained by six Gwinnett County, Georgia, police officers for "about an hour and a half" at the entrance of an Old Navy store, owned by Gap. Their crime, as Wells sees it, was being black in America.

In her letter to Murphy, Wells describes enduring "disdainful stares from the mothers and grandmothers and children entering the store." Police responded to a call from mall security about a gang of shoplifters in the store. They found no stolen merchandise on Wells or her friends. No one -- not the police, not the store managers -- bothered to apologize.

"No matter your education, your status or profession, some still only see the color of your skin," Wells wrote two months after the event.


Full Story

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Cindy McCain Rwanda. @Cindy, Obama didn't do it!



And so the campaigns continue with stranger news coming out by the day. The latest is that Cindy McCain is on a tour in Rwanda. Well I'll be damned! Even the Rwandese are a little skeptical. Here is the article form USA Today.

By Rick Hampson, USA TODAY

MASAKA, Rwanda — Her trip may not be as high-profile as another world tour underway right now, but Cindy McCain insists she's not in Africa for publicity.
The wife of presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain said Monday that her trip here to Rwanda with a bipartisan group of politicians is merely a return to the scene of a disaster she witnessed 14 years ago — the Rwandan genocide.

Her visit comes as some Republicans have complained that news outlets are paying too much attention to Democratic Sen. Barack Obama's travels in the Middle East and Europe.

"I came with no press, and I have a history of being concerned with these issues," said McCain, who is a board member of CARE International, a relief agency.

"I'd be here whether my husband was running or not. … I've been doing this all my adult life," she told USA TODAY in a brief interview.

The ONE Campaign group, which aims to call attention to poverty around the world, came to this village to tour a community health center that had no anti-AIDS drugs for patients until 2004, when a U.S. program made funds available.

Monday was the first time since she arrived in Rwanda last week that McCain took questions from reporters. All the activities of the U.S.-based group had been closed to journalists. "I was here during the 1994 genocide, so it was important to see for myself what has been accomplished in this nation," she said.

About 1 million people were killed in about 100 days when leaders of the nation's Hutu majority organized a campaign against the Tutsi minority. As the violence raged, a group of doctors and nurses from American Voluntary Medical Team — an aid group that McCain founded in 1988 — traveled through Rwanda on their way to attend to a cholera outbreak in neighboring Congo.

Rwanda is now relatively peaceful.

Asked if, as first lady, she'd be an advocate for Africa, she said, "I already have been … and I'll continue."

McCain said she was particularly moved by a meeting Saturday that was arranged for the visitors at Rwanda's national genocide memorial museum. A 36-year-old woman from eastern Rwanda told the Americans that she lost 120 relatives in the genocide and was raped 12 times, sustaining internal damage that bars her from having children.

But she said she was thankful she was not infected with HIV as a result of the rapes.

The woman appeared along with a former soldier who admitted to killing people who'd sought refuge in a church during the genocide. He apologized, and the woman forgave him.

"For me to sit there and watch that kind of reconciliation between two people like that …" McCain said, her voice trailing off. "I put myself in her place, and I don't know if I could have done that."

The major broadcast television networks gave heavy coverage to Obama's trip to Afghanistan and plan to do the same on his upcoming visits to Jordan, Israel and western Europe.

The three major network news anchors stayed home during John McCain's recent foreign travels, prompting Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., to complain that Obama's travels were "nothing but a political stunt."

The ONE Campaign excursion included Democratic former senator Tom Daschle; former Clinton White House chief of staff John Podesta, also a Democrat; Republican former senator Bill Frist; former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a Republican; and Republican former congressman John Kasich.

One Rwandan who met McCain and the ONE group said their visit was appreciated, whatever its motive.

"There is what is called 'the sacrament of presence,' " said Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini, head of Rwanda's Anglican Church. Because of visits like these, he said, Rwandans "no longer feel abandoned by the international community. It's a way of saying, 'Sorry. We weren't here when you needed us, but we are here to comfort you.' "

"They may do it for political reasons," he added, "but they can't go back without something on their minds. Rwanda is a school — a school for politicians, historians, anthropologists. … You can't come to Rwanda and go back without any questions in your mind."

Obama to blame for high gas prices

I swear the McCain Camp is desperate. The latest ad blames Obama for the high gas prizes. Really?

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Salma Hayek, Screw Love!


Okay, Salma Hayek has broken up with her Billionaire fiancee Francois-Henri Pinault. They have a child together. Of late Salma has been MIA on the Hollywood scene so it may be that she didn't want to sacrifice her career for marriage albeit to a billionaire. Am I strange for thinking that Salma has lost the plot? Unless its the man that wants out, why would any woman let go of a Billionaire? Seriously. I am not an advocate for gold digging but if I found myself in a relationship with a billionaire, I would not let go and would be faking it all the way. First of all some of that money would go to very good causes that I hold dear like massive education of African Kids, screw love, there are more important things.
Salma hasn't completely lost out since she has a child with the man and naturally will have to receive child support from him but DANG!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Nature's joke

Another set of twins where one is black and the other white. I wonder what life is like for these types of twins when they grow up in Western Society as is in terms of race relations.


And this is even stranger


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

BASHIR MUST GO!


Finally the UN ssems to have woken up to declare Sudan's dictator Omar Al-Bashir a war criminal. Hundreds of thousands dead and God knows how many more because those on his side have promised to turn Dafur is a grave yard.

The UN, typical of them, have started evacuating their staff from the region. This is exactly what happened before the Rwanda Genocide. The way these criminals work, is that they don't want to be seen by foreigners killing their own, so when people like the UN start pulling out, that is a death sentence to the natives, literally. You would think the UN has learnt something but apparently not. Bashir is not only responsible for one genocide, he aided the rebel insurgency in Northern Uganda that lasted almost 20 years. This guy is up there with Pol Pot and Milosevic. Idi Amin is a amateur to this guy. And he has some nerve, he just approached the President of Uganda, whose country he has been distabilizing, to back him up against the International Court's accusations. Did I mention NERVE? In all this there is China that has been going against the arms embargo on Sudan by providing them with Equipment and training. Their defence? It was on a small negligable scale.

Obviously China has interest in Sudan Oil that the Dafurians are lounging over. The quicker the genocide, the better for them. However there have been many attempts to overthrow the Khartoum Government by various African neighbors, so these charges are an opportunity for them to do the job once and for all. BASHIR MUST GO! Maybe Mugabe can grant him Asylum joining former Ethiopian dictator Haile Mariam Mengistu in the waste basket. As for China, good luck getting that oil once Bashir is gone.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Miss Denmark - Universe, Black?


Maria Sten-Knudsen, Miss Denmark 2008

Okay, I never even follow those lousy beauty pageants but out of curiosity decided to look through for some representation. I did find Miss USA and a few African sisters plus two from countries I had never heard of. Then I saw Miss Denmark and went WTH? Miss Denmark 08 is clearly part black. One would naturally expect a blond blue eyed female from the Scandinavian country but NOPE. Unfortunately there is not much info out there about her but this one is a head scratcher. Are Europeans especially Scandinavians more progressive than we give them credit?
IMO, she has one of the best bodies in the competition.

Maria Sten-Knudsen, Miss Denmark 2008 poses for a photo in her swimwear. She competed for the title of Miss Universe 2008 during the 57th Annual Miss Universe competition from Nha Trang, Vietnam.

And you got to love You Tube


And now contast with Miss. South Africa


The Gods have surely gone crazy

Friday, July 11, 2008

If you don’t respect your manhood, no one will

Okay this will be abit strange but bear with me. I am posting a column by one of my favorite columnists. He calls him self Dr. Love and writes for one of our local dailies. He specializes in intimate issues and naturally writes from an African man's perspective. In this particular piece he is commenting about a recent story that has men petrified and feminists celebrating. Anyway, the story is that a 43 yr old man was trying to rape a 10 yr old girl. The mother of the child was tending to her garden and heard her child's distressed screams. To the rescue she ran with a knife she had been using to cut up stuff and caught the man red handed. Instantly she grabbed the man's penis and CUT IT OFF and threw it away. The search for the penis is another long story involving a dog but anyway, he can never regain his manhood. So here my favorite columnist writes about the moral of that story.


Dr. Love, Hillary Bainemigisha


Once upon a time, there was this lone female voice in the wilderness which opined that rapists and defilers should be divested of their physical manhood. A few men barked back, but the threat of castrating rapists had gone on record.

Then last month in Kashari, one Angelina Kyomugisha, 40, tried it out and scooped off everything. She had left her kids asleep early morning to tend to her banana plantation. The day was going on fine till she got distracted by screams. She went to investigate and found a 43-year-old village-mate, Geoffrey Mugarura atop her daughter of 10 in a manner that suggested he was not teaching her the ABC of the HIV prevention strategy.

She was thunderstruck. That gave her the strength of the Biblical Samson that enabled her to disarm Mugarura of his manhood with a kitchen knife. I must say I admire Kyomu because had it been me, I would have buried that knife in his heart. But she carefully chose a punishment the alleged rapist will live on to suffer. Bravo woman, you must be Omushambo by clan!(Clan known for being fierce)

Every parent would imagine the worst punishment possible after stumbling on a senior citizen attempting to rape their toddlers. Kyomu was spot on. Nothing will ever be worse than Muga’s experience. If few can stand when tubal ligation is mentioned at family planning clinics, how can they stand the total castration? For many, death is even a better alternative.

Police may have arrested her for taking the law in her hands. And even if she lost the case – considering that the police report says there was no penetration, Muga will never be the same again. His family is now demanding sh8m in damages!(about UD$6000) (I wonder whether I can ever ‘sell’ mine that cheap! Not even at the age 100!) Activists may even contribute the money, but Muga will never get anything to scare children with.

Although they never want to accept, men are ruled by their penises. It is nature’s way of making men work for better survival of the human race in an arena of competing inhabitants.

I am sure when Mujorooto, 61, was being forcefully circumcised by custom-fanatic tribes mates recently, he had to stop wriggling and lie still at zero hours. Fidgeting would have been risky for him even with expert Bagisu circumcisers. That way, he lost the sheath he had protected all along but saved his manhood.

But you wonder how men fail to respect their king. Some expose it to all manners of risk, different dangerous caves, sewage spots, narrow avenues and God knows what. No, please, NO!

Whatever you are, as a man (wealthy, educated, respected, valued, etc) boils down to the gonads, which reside in the testicles, the high office of the penis (which Muga does not have now).

Why can’t you have the courtesy to respect your source of progressive fuel? And what right do you have to remain with the resource? I think penises should be left to those who know their use and value.

Anyway, if you don’t want to see my point, and prefer to keep sending your kings to undeveloped places, get set for the consequences. Victims are learning. One knife later, you will be dehorned and condemned to ridicule forever. Unfortunately at this point, I am starting to wonder why I am writing all this. Maybe I should just shut up.

Chrysler Building Sold to a foreign Sovereign Fund


Chrysler Building, New York City.

Wow, I know we are in the era of Free trade and free markets but when a sovereign fund purchases a major American land mark, I can't help but wonder.

The Chrysler Building, a New York landmark has been sold to a sovereign fund in the Emirates for under a Billion dollars. Most active countries in the global economy do have sovereign funds and through these are able to purchase almost anything from participant nations. Problem is that in this politically charged world, some purchases may have underlying motives and may be suspect. In Britain there is an apprehension towards sovereign funds making purchases of key national companies to the extent that some have been blocked. The most active Sovereign Funds are from oil rich Middle Eastern countries, and according to some reports, there is stiff competition amongst their countries on who can buy the best and biggest of a Western company, property or institution. Its now an issue of prestige and status to own a piece of America or Britain.

When TATA bought Land rover and Jaguar from Ford, one writer, in a celebratory tone, was quick to recall Ghandi's response to what he thought of Western Civilization, "it would be a good idea".

So the Indians have bought major western car Icons, the Middle Easterners are steadily buying their part of the West, the Chinese own most of America's debt. Where exactly is all this heading?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Jesse Jackson, COME ON!

Old Jesse wants to cut off Obama's balls for talking down to black people! This is clearly a state of taking one step forward and 1000 steps backwards.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Here comes the hate mail

Well well, I have been getting some hate mail of late. So today I got one JoVent send me some information he considers fact regarding the state of the black race.

And here is the wonderful email;

Although blacks are 12% of the population blacks commit 50% of the murders and a greater percentage of other crimes. Consider: black females - 6%. Blacks from zero yrs. to 12 yrs. and black males from 50-100 years commit an infinitesimal percentage of the crimes. Therefore we are left with two percent. If we eliminate crimes committed by this two percent from the U.S. statistics our country compares very favorably with all Western countries. Fact -- blacks kill 7 times more than whites kill. Fact -- blacks kill whites 20 times more than whites kill blacks. Fact -- blacks mug or commit group crime against whites 50 times more than whites commit against blacks. Fact -- blacks rape white women 2000 (yes 2000) times more than whites rape black women. In New York City, about 300 white women are raped by blacks every year BUT there has not been a black woman raped by a white male in anybody’s memory (going back over 20 yrs.) Consider: Al Sharpton had to go upstate New York to find a hoax and that was almost 20 years ago. (Source NYT 4/22/05)

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics 2004 report (released May 2006), blacks commit 54 percent of the homicides in America even though they constitute only 12 percent of the population.

An individual black male is seven times more likely to commit murder than an individual white male. It so happens that black felons commit 43 percent of aggravated assaults, 66 percent of armed robberies, 27 percent of rapes and 85 percent of interracial crimes of violence, mainly against whites (this last figure from a Justice Department report 2003). However, it's not just in the United States. The greatest dicators in recent years have emerged in Africa. People like Idi Amin of Uganda, Hastings Kamuzu Banda in Malawi, Mobutu Sese Seko, in Zaire, self-anointed Emperor Bokassa of the Central African Republic, Mohammed Saidi Barre in Somalia, Sani Abacha of Nigeria, Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe -- the list is endless.

Blacks are dumber as well, statistics analyzed by the New York Times (July 4, 1999) dispel the poverty argument by establishing that impoverished white children whose parents earn less than $10,000 a year score higher on standardized SAT tests than black children whose parents earn more than $70,000 a year. Also, nearly 70 percent of black children are born out of wedlock.




People like JoVent amaze me. They take so much time sifting through statistics to prove what they already believe, which is the inferiority of the black race. To top that up they take the time to send this information to me, a black woman. Why I wonder. Do they expect me to be convinced by their poorly veiled vitriol/racism ? I wonder what JoVent looks like ? White? Probably, how many times have we seen the likes of JoVent ranting off "official" statistics to prove the "negro nature" in blogosphere ?
You have to give it to the White supremist mind, it never gives up trying to convince its victim of their inferiority. There are a million and one ways this mind can try to get the message through to the victim and JoVent's approach is one that is common in blogosphere, the use of biased information dressed as empirical evidence and it helps that one of his main sources is the New York Times.

To the JoVents out there, to paraphrase Fanon, the colonized or the native is never convinced of his inferiority. Since you are so convinced of black dumbness, what makes you think we will understand or believe what you have to say about low black IQs ? Why would a very intelligent person waste time to try to inform a naturally dumb person? Remember no matter what you do we will never accept that we are inferior. So your little psychological manipulation that attempts to make blacks believe in their inferiority will not succeed. You are free to keep trying though since that seems to be your life's mission.

People like JoVent are really a disservice to the white race. Its not a secret that whites are the standard of many things that many minorities the world over aspire to. The white race is the pedestal race in the current world order, you only have to go around the world to see that this is true. But then you get the JoVents that instantly bring this impression to a crushing halt and reveals that indeed this is one grand illusion. As dumb as blacks may be perceived, thankfully, that is one Kool Aid that doesn't stay down.