Nairobi, Kenya: Nairobi is one of Africa’s mile-high cities, some 1,700 meters. This means weather is wonderful all year round, somewhere between 15 degrees and 25 degrees Celsius. The blossoms are beginning to fall off the trees creating purple, red, yellow and orange velvet mats on the roads.
Nairobi, Kenya — More than sixteen million Kenyans live on less than one dollar a day, according to NTV quoting a UN report. Kenyan members of parliament earn an average of 850 000 shillings a month (more than $13 000) during their five year mandate making them among the best paid parliamentarians in world says KTN.
On Harry Truman’s desk was a sign which read “The Buck Stops Here”. Is it just an American thing to believe that those at the top are ultimately responsible for what their organizations and people do? In France, “passing the buck” seems to be the motto.
Everywhere Thierry Breton goes the little guys lose their shirts and his already rich friends get richer. The latest scandal concerns a massive insider trading conspiracy at the European Aeronautics and Defense giant EADS.
It is interesting to note that when a South Korean immigrant youth went on a shooting rampage in Virginia Tech last April, killing 32 people and himself while wounding 25 others, the story became the Second Amendment and gun control. This false debate hid the real story and the real culprits.
While teaching journalism in Cameroon last month, I was once again astonished at just how big our cultural divide can be when it comes to determining who the victims are in society.
“We don’t care if it all goes to Hell. Lets just get out of here!” That is what the Senate seems to be saying when it voted this week its non-binding bill to partition Iraq. The truth is Iraq is already partitioned and, as a result, has already gone to Hell. There is no viable sovereign central government in Iraq.
When the new interactive web site Rue89 broke the story that President Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife Cecilia did not vote in the second round of Presidential elections, the story was not that the woman did not back her husband. For Rue89, like most of the French press, the story was the news was censored in the Journal du Dimanche (JDD) by its wealthy owner, a close friend of the President.
The worst thing Bill Clinton did was not receiving oral pleasure from Monica. It was not bombing a pharmaceutical plant in Khartoum. Perhaps not even letting al-Qaeda and the Taliban grow, nor even maintaining an embargo on Iraq, which killed some 500 thousand people through lack of medicine and food. No, the worst thing he did may well be messing with the Balkans and backing ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.
It occurred to me a while back that George W. Bush and his neo-con friends have a lot more in common with Marxism than they would like to think. The Communists always said that politics should be in control; that the base of society should mold the infrastructure or what they could call ‘perceptible reality’.