Tag Archives: United States

Haiti, 1987-1988

After the Duvalier dictatorship came to an end in 986, the country prepared for its first free elections the following year. However, Haiti’s main trade union leader declared that Washington was working to undermine the left. US aid organizations, he said, were encouraging people in the countryside to identify and reject the entire left as

Austerity in US and UK – Ranks of Working Poor Grow Despite Social Safety Nets

By EJIKE E. OKPA 11 The IMF president, a French national recently went to Nigeria to tell them what to do with their economic situation as it relates to fuel subsidy. Of course, one could have said, a ‘Daniel Come to Justice’, a machination of Nigeria Finance Minister Ms Okonjo-Iweala, who believes into to in

Our Golden Girl

Ordinarily, the process of electing the World Bank president is as ‘democratic’ as that of electing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman: it’s always a family affair! In PDP, the president anoints and the party delegates endorse. At the World Bank, America nominates, the rest of the world ratifies. To date, there have been

Security and Development

 By ROBERT MCNAMARA The rub comes in this: We do not always grasp the meaning of the word“ security” in this context.  In a modernizing society, security means development. Security is not military hardware, though it may include it.  Security is not military force, though it may involve it.  Security is not traditional military activity,

Nigeria’s Educational System and the Democratization of Ignorance

By UGOCHUKWU RAYMOND OGUBUARIRI It has become an incontestable truism that Nigeria’s educational sector is in doldrums. Even with the entire hullabaloo being made about “transformation” of the country, yet, the drums of shame in the sector have continued to resonate and the naked dancers are not showing any sign of fatigue. Only few days

Is Nigeria A Knowledge Based Society?

By BUKHARI MUHAMMED BELLO JEGA Knowledge and skills have become the global currency of 21st century- economic…if you really want to know how a country is going to do in the 21st century don’t count its oil reserves or gold mines, count its highly effective teachers, involved parents and committed students- Thomas L. Friedman Knowledge

Nuclear Iran: Israel – U.S Headache

By OBI EBUKA-ONOCHIE “My supreme responsibility as Prime Minister of Israel is to ensure that Israel remains the master of its fate”. – Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel. “I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” “And as I’ve made clear time and again during the course of my presidency, I

World Bank Interest better served as Finance Minister

Africans now have this hang-up on international positions, considered as prestigious. You must remember that Africans have been Pope, Europe conqueror, United Nations President and now American President. None of these is enough as long as your Continent remains in shambles. If you know you are good enough to rule the world, rule your country

A Federation without Federalism

By NASIR AHMED EL-RUFAI If any ques tions remain as to why, despite huge oil revenues and massive borrowing by the government – poverty, unemployment and insecurity have worsened, our detailed analysis in this column of the 2011 and 2012 budgets of the Federal Government would have provided some answers. We raised posers on whether