Category Archives: Law

America: Coppers gone Wild

Let’s cut to the chase.
Eric Garner. Mike Brown, Sean Bell… Flashback. Amadou Diallo…. #involuntary Martyrdom.

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I don’t think the brutality and excessive force even on to the point of death is a new phenomenon.

2 factors are contributing to the outburst in frequency of these events: One, the ubiquity of cell phone cameras. No one needs a jury these days. If you look long enough someone filmed it.
Secondly, the social media age has made the world a much smaller place. Not only most things don’t go ununnoticed, they get noticed rather quickly. For example, #Ferguson is as big as Ukraine and Iraq depending on the news channels you indulge in.

The formula in those specific events often goes as follow:
subject: Police.
Violent Verb: [insert Euphemism]
Object : Unarmed Black _______

I will explore this in my next blog post but hear me out: America’s relationship with the black community has been a nuptial where only one of the parties said “I do”…[unlike any other of America’s spouses]. Needless to say, in forced, arranged marriages, physical abuse is often inevitable.

The Jews in Egypt went through something similar. How did they get around it? Exodus. Tinkering thoughts….

Crimea votes. Should she be forced to play for the Team after she requested a trade ?

There is nothing , nothing more democratic than a referendum. A referendum is actually democracy by definition. By the people for the people!!!

If Biafrans want to secede from nigeria … Via a referendum… (…We know the end of that story)

Similarly If Crimeans want to ‘secede’ from Ukraine via a referendum… Let’s just say I am pretty sure we don’t need a Gallup Poll to predict the outcome of these votes…

Or hypothetically … Mmmh check this out, in the name of perspectives…. If Puerto Rico wanted to cut ties from USA… Via a referendum… Could the autonomy of Crimea vis-a-vis Ukraine be (loosely) comparable to that of PR… Towards the USA.. For the sake of perspectives, we shall make that leap. Now imagine how puerto RIcans would feel if they were told: you voted but you ain’t going nowhere. Or how would Mainland Americans feel about Puerto Ricans.

By virtue of such a referendum to even be mentioned, let alone take place, all ties between Kiev and south Eastern peninsula have been bruised, all relationships blistered, and the future shall never be the same. If the legitimacy of the Crimean referendum is rejected by the West … Crimea, forced to remain as part of Ukraine would be awkwardly unproductive. It’s like playing for a team after you’ve DEMANDED to be traded… It’s a soul-less body.

Oh yeah… But It’s not that straightforward, Darlington. It’s a lot more complicated than that.

Or is it ?

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Here are my general thoughts… It is extremely patronizing and elitist of any external body to publically reject the vote of the people of another autonomous body.

Granted, Putin is flexing his neo-coldwar muscles. But it’s unfair to force Crimeans to live in the Ukraine that they rejected…

John Kerry should come home. The US has more than enough on its plate. And as for The EU, it’s a LOSE-LOSE situation… sad to say …Putin was tactical in Syria … His tactics in the Crimean Crisis aren’t short of a step ahead of the west’s Either. I guess It’s in his backyard after all.

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The Nigerian Revolution. #OccupyNigeria and #FuelSubsidy Removal.

The Consequences of things do not always corroborate with the magnitude of the event that has caused them. Forexample, it would be ‘nostradamesque’  to predict  that the assassination of the Archduke of Austria, Franz Ferdinand, would have caused one of the greatest wars on earth thus far, mainly The First World War .

Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa is on edge. Notorious for corruption at all levels has been recently stricken with Acts of Terrorism from the self-acclaimed group Boko Haram. Nigeria, albeit Africa’s biggest oil producer, imports refined petrol due to mismanagement and lack of resources to refine oil into petrol and other fuels. Many pundits  affirm that Nigerians regard cheap fuel as the only benefit they get from the nation’s oil wealth.

Then on the Dawn of 2012, Jonathan Goodluck does the unthinkable: A Removal of a fuel subsidy, which in turn causes  petrol prices and transport fares to double.

Let’s look at the numbers:

If gas price goes from 3.25 $ a gal to nearly 7$ a gal in the US, it is almost guaranteed that America will undergo a revolution.  So the anger is justified. Folks are allowed to march. But I SEE BEYOND THAT.

The subsidy removal, like the assassination of Franz could possible be the event that sets a cascade of revolution in Subsaharian Africa. We have just witnessed the Arab spring in 2011. Lo and behold, in 2012 the movement spreads south, until, from Cairo to CapeTown, Africa is purged of its malaise, mainly a phenomenon comparable to “an Ostwald Ripening”  where the wealthy over time strip the poor into poverty, by bypassing, amending, disrespecting the constitution when they see fit.

Most may direct their anger at President Goodluck, for his failed policies and his inability to protect Nigerians from Boko Haram. But I propose something slightly different, perhaps even revolutionary.

I say thank you Jonathan. You’re the good luck Nigeria has been waiting for. For the first time, since I can recall, a decision from the top, the highest office, has in a very direct way affected, the ailing people at the lowest of the lowest. This is important, because in Nigeria, like in most other african countries, citizens are so far removed from the political process. So far in that when they are passionately involved, the majority of them of course, it is for the wrong reasons. Now the subsidy removal, in a singular way, I can assure you, will engage an electoral process that is based on substance and plans of the candidate, rather than tribe affiliation. And in such cases, indifference, which has been rampant in the citizen predisposition to its leaders (at home and abroad), raises questions of sanity.

Randall Terry said “Most of the Ten Commandments are negative. The purpose of Law is not to mandate good behavior. That concept comes from a REVOLUTION” precisely the French One. In the words of a Nigerian Activist Japheth Omojuwa himself, a personal inspiration in the twitter world for me as well: “NIGERIA HAS JUST EARNED HERS”

Reform in Nigeria : Who to Follow on Twitter

While everyone contributes in a tweet or two to spreading the word and raising awareness in the many ailing areas of Nigeria, these twitter accounts are in a special way linked to specific reforms in an attempt to dare I say “better” the most populous country of Africa.

– @bubusn – for #LightNigeria – need not be said, his tweets literally aid in sparking energy that we soon hope will contribute to lighting up Nigeria.

– @tejucole – a personal favorite, with his wit and peculiar way of ‘syntaxing’ his tweets, he is a media reform guru.

– @OMOJUWA. Not enough can be said of his fight against corruption and for the upbringing of genuinely better citizens of Nigeria. He wills and tweets it into existence with his #OMOJUWA24 hashtag.

– @ebuka is what I dubbed your casual ‘HeadlineNewsNigeria’ twitter account of all things sports, culture and Pop, and ‘stuffs’ that would resonate with the young vibrant revolutionary twitter demographic.

I will follow up and update this list as I come across more activist for a Better Nigeria.

Follow me @SirDarlington.

NIGERIA IS 51

1-For the Diaspora, especially OUR GENERATION that they be more proactive and less talkative, #WePrayToTheLord

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2-For inter-religious peace amongst all faiths, that the Truth & Love of God triumphs over individual agendas, #WePrayToTheLord
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3-For Nollywood, that they never cease to be the authentic voice of Nigeria/Africa- #WePrayToTheLord

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4-For #BokoHaram, that they realize that LOVE is far stronger than HATE, #WePrayToTheLord

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5-For our elected officials, that their inauguration be not synonymous of their coronation, #WePrayToTheLord

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6-For All nigerians, that they ask what they can do 4 their country and not what their country can do 4 them, #WePrayToTheLord
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7-For the supereagles, that they soar high in the air like they once did in 1994-1996, #WePrayToTheLord

#Nigeria #51

8-Friends of this day, good day.

I am thankful.

#Nigeria.

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Beware of Freudian Slips – #ObamaGotOsama

OBamagotOSama…. I hear pundits, vibrant with healthy skepticism,  and ironically following the sunday where Doubting Thomas’ was the Gospel reading calling it the biggest BS of our time especially upon hearing the conditions by which the villain  and “successor of hitler” was laid to rest.

This is not a commentary on the death of Osama, although I must say that I am eager to write one, but I must wait and observe the unfolding of the different events happening around this topic.

I am thus limited to comment on the speech yesterday, given by the president of United States of America, which will most arguably be one of the top benchmarks of his presidency . It had a quotable that exemplifies the rhetoric genius that I always praised Pres. Obama for:

“Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader , he was a mass murderer of muslims ” – Obama

THE POWER OF RHETORIC #Obama #OBLdead

It was important that  the president alienates the acts of Bin Laden, a self-proclaimmed criminal, apart from the islamic religion.
Shortly after the speech, I tweeted:
“It is reconcilable to have a major stride AGAINST terrorism, and FOR Islam… Obama did a good job in relaying that.” – @sirdarlington
Instead of writing a full commentary,  I have logically decided to have a live-updating compilation of the few, but notable articles/blogs/commentaries that I read on this subject. So without further ado…..
-Ezra Klein, of the washington Post has a great OBL list.
Pakistan does have a lot of explaining to do. I agree with Sen Carl Levin. Wonder how Karzai  feels about all this as in “I told you he wasnt here” – Don’t you just love Politicians, soooo predictable.
Perhaps one of the most fascinating stories, is the live twitter-er ( his twitter page can be found here) who was tweeting leisurely (and without knowledge) the biggest mission Operation of our decade…This could be the most plausible alibi against the pundits who are still doubting. And more reasons to get a twitter account.
And by the way, For one’s sake can someone tell Hamas to sit down….!!!
Last but not least for now, NOT ENOUGH CREDIT CAN BE GIVEN TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO CONTINUOUSLY PUT THEMSELVES IN HARM’S WAY.Read this fascinating record of “the secret team that killed Bin Laden”
… Between a Royal Wedding, A death and A beatification, the Month of May is announcing itself with a bang….Heck, call it jobsecurity for the media…. !
Cheers, for now, see you soon.

AFRICAN PRESIDENT: EXPerience or EXPired

President Robert Mugabe was fourteen years old at the start of World War II. No, folks, this isn’t a history lesson, nor some type of joke.

I don’t think it registered, so let me say it again.

The Zimbabwean President was 14 years old at the start of WWII. His compadre Mubarak was born before any world cup was ever played. The Senegalese head of state predated the invention of FM Radio, Plastics and Rubbers…. and so forth and so forth.

Perhaps 1 of such occurences could lead us to think “experience”.The very slogan our dear senator McCain ran on.  In the case of a couple of them , then we can pull out the proverbial “wisdom” card, but when it becomes a trend, i mean a trend, we must stop and reflect… WHO HAVE WE ENTRUSTED THE KEYS OF OUR AFRICAN NATIONS TO?

AFRICAN LEADERS

Abdulai Wade (Senegal)-    age 83years
Hosni Mubarak ( Egypt )  –   age 82
Robert Mugabe ( Zimbabwe )  –    age 86
Hifikepunye Pohamba ( Namibia )  –  age 74
Rupiah Banda ( Zambia )    –    age 73
Mwai Kibaki ( Kenya )    –    age 71
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ( Liberia ) –    age 75
Paul Biya           (Cameroon)     –    age 77
Omar Al -Bashir      (Sudan )              – age 65
Colonel Gaddafi ( Libya )    –    age 68
Jacob Zuma ( South Africa )   –       age 68
Bingu Wa Mtalika (Malawi)       –      age 76.
John Evans Atta-Mills      (Ghana)    –       age 67

Average Age:             ===  75.6
Approximately 76 years
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You can accuse me of Ageism, or some complex form of prejudice…I’d actually say “go right ahead, broadcast it while you’re there. Maybe that will bring some light to this issue”. And then we can all empower each other to act TALL like pyramids. #EGYPT

It would be very difficult to pinpoint, let alone speculate about the true origin of the clinginess to power that we see over and over again… But one thing is quite certain… Technology is advancing fast, society is rapidly changing yet our dear and emeritus leaders constantly keep waving the flag of “EXPERIENCE”, but when in reality everything about their vision has a tag with “EXPIRED” on it.

Could fresh and contemporary ideas be a solution some of Africa’s woes? I would be careful to go that far. On the other hand I can affirm that we won’t know until we try.

IN CONTRAST …TAKE A LOOK at the recent trends of whom people all over the world are electing… I can safely say that it would certainly  be less of a gamble should africa embark on that road…

Barrack Obama ( USA )  –              age 48
David Cameron ( UK )     –           age 43
Dimitri Medvedev ( Russia ) –         age 45
Stephen Harper ( Canada )    –        age 51
Julia Gillard ( Australia )         – age 49
Nicolas Sarkozy ( France )      –    age 55
Luis Zapatero ( Spain )            –  age 49
Jose Socrates ( Portugal )        –  age 53
Angela Merkel ( Germany )     –     age 56
Herman Van Rompuy ( Belgium ) –     age 62

Average Age ===== 51.1 ~
Approximately 51 years

This isnt just a mere juxtaposition of birth certificates… This is a quantifiable means of assessing WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT.  Wherever it is possible, the -vibrant, full of ideas, enthusiatic, ready to spend themselves – candidate is preferred for those very reasons.

The presidency is a job… not a career.

The presidency is a priviledge, ….not a right

The office is just that,  THE PRESIDENCY – NOT THE PAPACY!

 

Credo ut intelligam – St Anselm